Holiday Decorating Tips from the Cameron's
Tis’ the season. To many of us, December is all about spending time with friends and family, filling your belly with turkey and Christmas cake, and indulging in rum and eggnog, mulled wine or whatever else suits our fancy. But before any of the merriment can begin, we must engage in the momentous tradition of dusting off the Rubbermaid totes full of bells, bobbles, tassels and wreaths because it is time to decorate the Christmas tree.
To help ensure your home looks like a picturesque scene fit for any Christmas movie, we’ve put together a list of the Cameron family decorating tips:
- Choose a colour scheme – Pick a neutral colour (white or gold) and accent with bright colours (red or blue). For extra style points, be sure to decorate with colours that compliment your décor.
- Delight your senses – Set up a diffuser with essential oils. Clove, ginger, pine, and cedar are some of our favourites. It is nice to bring the smell of Christmas into the house; especially if you have an artificial tree.
- Add extra twinkle – Jazz up string lights with spray paint - gold or silver are great colours instead of the standard green.
- Think strategically - Place the Christmas tree against a wall so that you don't need to decorate all sides.
- Plump up your stockings – Stockings are not only functional for gift giving but they also make great decorations. Stuff your stockings with grocery bags to make them appear plump and full.
- Dress your couch for the occasion – Add a little Christmas to your couch by changing up the throw pillows. Pro tip, replace only the covers rather than buying all new pillows to save money.
- Get creative with lighting - Make paper bag light decorations for the front porch or driveway - using white paper bags, pebbles and battery powered LED candles. Place a handful of pebbles in the bottom of the paper bag to keep it upright, place the LED light inside and voila!
- Add a little Christmas flare - Get your lanterns holiday ready by adding a few pine cones, ribbon and tree branches. Fill up any vases with ornaments that match your beautiful colour scheme.
- Wrap it up with ribbons and bows - Decorate your foyer by draping festive green winter garland up the handrail of your staircase and anchor it with bows or ribbon.
- Imperfections add character – Most importantly, your décor doesn’t have to be perfect. If you have little kids around, it is fun to let them help. If the Christmas ornaments end up being a little lop sided, at least you’ll have a story to tell.
While we’re on the topic of Christmas, we wanted to let you know about our holiday charity project; Building Christmas Dreams. Our plan is to help between three to five families in need this holiday season but before we can do so, we require your help with identifying those who need our support. Please submit your nominations here by 12pm PST on December 12, 2018.
Love, the Cameron Family