Deck the Halls

Peek in for simple holiday decorating ideas for every room in the house

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Michael Partenio
Peek in for simple holiday decorating ideas for every room in the house
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Michael Partenio
Deck the Halls

Look north—Santa’s way—for holiday decorating inspiration! Swedish-inspired touches such as a mood and room brightening color scheme of merry red teamed with snowy white, painted furniture and vivid cotton rugs fit almost any kind of decor. A tree skirt made of rich red fabric, jolly red-and-white stockings hung by the fire and plenty of aromatic greens will fill your home with Yuletide cheer. Inexpensive and easy to do, the ideas here—from imaginative napkin rings to super gift wrappings to simple ornaments—are sure to delight young and old alike.

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Best Ideas for Christmas
Kitchen Cheer

When company calls, pull out the treats. Holiday-hued cake stands are stylish staging areas for baked goods and candies. Keep a stack of bright white plates ready along with napkins and forks. Here, a vintage bread box is repurposed as a container for baby’s breath, greens and berries. Bold, checked linens fill a wire basket. Twig wreaths from the crafts store adorned with faux berries make the frosty window an enticing backdrop.

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Wintery Dishware

Vintage white dishware speaks to a wintery Swedish scheme. Draw attention to the display with catchy Noel-like novelties. Paint unfinished wood blocks from the crafts store red and white. Add letters spelling God Jul, then line them along the shelf’s edge to welcome visitors.

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Dress It Up with a Bow

Trays are a host's friend. Prime and paint an unfinished tray. When dry, add a swirly design (freehand or with stencils) for more oomph. Corral a bow-wearing decanter of mulled wine and glasses on top of the tray.

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Good Tidings to You

Small brown Candy Bags chock full of peppermints and dressed with spunky ribbons are thoughtful give-away gifts. Include tags emblazoned with the words God Jul ("Me

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Swedish Wonderland

Dine in a Swedish-inspired wonderland! Remove rugs to expose mellow floors. Sew seat cushions of affordable red-and-white ticking fabric and lay a crisp white flea-market tablecloth. A

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Small Touches

Paint tag-sale chairs white to turn them into elegant Swedish-style seats. Create Mini-Wreaths for each by inserting artificial flowers between twisted strands of silver pipe cleaners. Thread playful red-and-white ribbon through the wreaths and tie one to the top of each chair.

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Stocking Up

A jazzy Parade of Stockings made from white linen and red dish towels enriches the mantel, which is festooned with a

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Golden Gifts

Gifts of all sizes wrapped in penny-saving kraft paper and embellished with ribbon, raffia and rickrack become part of the holiday decor. Vary the red-and-white presentation by including a gala mix of stripes, checks and solid-colored ribbons. Attach dried flowers, felt snowflakes, buttons or berries for extra pizzazz.

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Charming Ornaments

Presto! Dainty press-on felt snowflakes and checked ribbon elevate a red felt Star Ornament. Create charming

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Bundle of Joy

Paint a tiny terra-cotta pot half white. Glue a short ribbon to the inside. Add dried baby's breath, and hang on a sturdy pine bough.

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Merry Berries

Tuck a sprig of berries in a fat red-and-white-striped bow set atop merry red wrapping paper.

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Yuletide Cheer

Launch a clean and cheery red-and-white theme in the entry with a sprightly runner and a coatrack rejuvenated
with white paint. Add a red felt pillow as an accent. Packages tied with upbeat ribbons boost visual appeal as do armload

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Seasonal Display

Scour crafts and home stores for woodlandlike spheres to display with seasonal gatherings.

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Welcoming Herald

Design a door that shouts "Glad tidings!" Glue berries, pinecones and dried flowers onto a handsome evergreen wreath. Sew simple sheers—a favorite Swedish accoutrement—and suspend the wreath in front from a rod draped with greens cli

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Kitchen Cheer

When company calls, pull out the treats. Holiday-hued cake stands are stylish staging areas for baked goods and candies. Keep a stack of bright white plates ready along with napkins and forks. Here, a vintage bread box is repurposed as a container for baby’s breath, greens and berries. Bold, checked linens fill a wire basket. Twig wreaths from the crafts store adorned with faux berries make the frosty window an enticing backdrop.

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