Holidays in the country can be relaxing...and beautiful!
There’s a nip in the air and the trees are beginning to have leaves of yellow and orange. A look at the calendar confirms that the weeks are flying by and the holiday season is almost here. Your to-do list is long and growing—there are so many things that you want to get done in your home before family and friends arrive to celebrate the holidays. Think it’s too late to get started? Absolutely not!
Follow Shelly Green’s advice and you’ll be ready for that holiday party in no time. Shelly, with Custom Interiors in Albany, shares eight things that you can do to make your home feel cozy and inviting. Tackle one per week or have a marathon weekend (or two), and you’ll have everything in place so you can make memories!
First, declutter your home.
You may not be a hoarder, necessarily, but let’s face it. We all have “stuff” that should be kept in a closet or a bin in the garage (or better yet, donated to the charity of your choice!). To have the best holiday you can have, free from stress and worry, now’s the time to start decluttering your home and getting ready for all the excitement that comes with the holidays. Start by removing all the things that you do not love—old picture frames, outdated greenery and floral arrangements, old magazines and table top accessories. Fill your home with only the things you love and use regularly.
Invite your friends in with a fresh coat of paint!
On your front door, that is! A pop of color—in teal, red, or mustard—is warm and welcoming, and sets the right tone for a terrific visit. Visit diynetwork.com for tips before you get started.
Rest for the weary travelers!
Not a must-have but let’s face it. Spending a little extra to spruce-up your bedding will make your guest bedroom look great, and will be a welcome treat for your travelers. Shelly’s favorite bedding comes from Pine Cone Hill and Peacock Alley. Check them out online.
Your nose knows...
Making your home smell inviting is quick and easy, with a quick trip to a department store or candle shop. Shelly recommends holiday candles of Christmas Sage and Red Currant— no doubt, the aroma will help put everyone in the holiday spirit.
Simple touches say: You are welcome!
A guest bath should always be free of clutter. Hand towels are a nice addition...think about adding a monogram for that special touch. Make sure to include a great hand soap and lotion for a special treat. Try soaps and lotions by Tocco—all of their scents are light and your guests will want to take a bottle home.
Fluff up your furniture!
Don’t be discouraged by a sofa that might look a little under the weather! Add a splash of color with some new pillows, or consider an area rug to bring in a new color. Be sure your area rug is not too small—you want it to make a statement and it should at least be a little larger than the sofa.
Bring the country indoors, and make it your theme!
It’s easy to add a natural or rustic look by using branches and greenery from your yard in a jar or vase. Pine garland and grapevines added to the mantle or doorway and large pine cones added to a large dough bowl or ceramic bowl will give your home that natural feel. To give your home more sparkle, include bright colored ornaments or balls, and a few strands of lights to complete the look.
In the south, take advantage of the weather!
Fresh cut flowers in your home can add a special touch. Look around your yard for magnolia leaves, paper whites, holly, and rosemary. Place new planters on your front porch with beautiful boxwoods. For those who aren’t blessed with a green thumb, try grapevine balls in the planters and add some lights for extra sparkle. And don’t forget the wreath!
Appeal to All Your Senses
...and don’t forget to download a great playlist! A playlist is a collection of music tracks you can build for every mood or event. You can add, reorder, or move songs, albums or playlists through the GooglePlay Music app or on youtube. SoundCloud.com and Hypster.com are great sites to get started, too. Just don’t forget the classics! Ella FitzGerald’s Sleigh Ride, Mariah Carey’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town, or The Piano Guys’ Carol of the Bells are good songs to start with. Add Rusty Chevrolet by the DaYoopers, just for fun!
Shelly Green grew up in Albany, Georgia. She attended Georgia Southwestern College in Americus and in 1996, she returned home to work for her family’s business—Custom Interiors.