Christmas decorations are festive and pretty. For a few weeks your home is cheerful and bright. Then January rolls around and ornaments and garlands are packed away until next year. It seems as though winter lasts until May with short days and long nights! Now the house seems empty, dark and not so cheerful. So what can you do? Here are a few decorating tips to make your home comfy and cozy again until the spring thaw.
Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan
I started my career as an interior designer when we finished remodeling our home that was built in the 1890s. I loved the space planning, choosing finishes and decorating every little inch. It was trial and error, and we made mistakes, but I learned a lot along the way. Along with being a learning process, working on our home was also a hands-on project. We did everything ourselves (actually, my husband Tom did all the building and heavy work, I did the fun stuff!). I’ve had the decorating bug ever since I was a little girl, but I wanted to know everything about design, so, as a result I returned to college (Mount Mary) for a second degree in Interior Design.
I’ve been collecting antiques and vintage furnishings forever. My favorite shopping places are flea markets, antique stores and of course, Goodwill. I love DIY projects and saving money by taking an object and re-purposing it into something beautiful and useful. I’m also an amateur photographer, love to travel and study French (J’adore tous ce qui est franҫais)!
Although I love to entertain, I’m not much of a cook. My party philosophy is "if the table looks fantastic, it doesn’t matter what you serve."
My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.
If you have a specific question for Merri, feel free to email her at email@example.com.
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As much as I like to change things up during the holidays, I always seem to come back to tradition. I love red-and-white decorations, ornaments and dishes. For this year’s Christmas dinner table, I stayed with the basic three: red, white and green.
I use chargers and placemats a lot when setting the table. They not only add a colorful layer, but set the theme for the rest of the table.
Christmas dinner with family and friends is the time to pull out all the stops when setting your table. Show your guests how much they mean to you with a delicious meal and a fabulous table.
It’s a week before Christmas and I’m still shopping and decorating my home. It takes me so long to decorate because I like to do something different every year. This year I’m making a forest of book trees for my mantle. It’s such an easy project - even your kids can make them!
The hustle and bustle of Christmas is here. Shopping, wrapping, baking and decorating take up much of the month of December. With everything I have to do, I always try to find the time to make a few gifts. When my kids were little, they made presents for Grandma and Grandpa. I still like to come up with something new each year for family and friends.
I’m a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas decorating. I like real trees (I have three), old-fashion Christmas lights (the big bulbs) and red. That doesn’t mean I don’t try something new or different every year. One year one tree was all white and gold. I put a 60’s silver tinsel tree in the bathroom, and hung a small tree upside down in my kitchen window. I try to come up with an unusual DIY Christmas decoration every year. So when I saw a stack of lamp shades at Goodwill, I knew they would make, wait for it, a great tree!