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The fun chaos of the holidays is right around the corner: family gatherings to plan, delicious meals to prepare, gifts to find and purchase and a house to decorate — the list goes on.
With entertaining season approaching at warp speed, it’s time to get your home spruced up. Your time is precious around the holiday season, so to help make the most of your time, try these easy solutions to prepare for the holidays while keeping your sanity.
Festive lights: A simple way to decorate for the holidays year after year is with an artificial tree. For a formal dinner event, glowing white light sets a perfect ambiance. Switch to the multi-color option to delight the kids.
A touch of cheer: Use holiday decorations in unexpected ways to add festive cheer in every room of your home with minimal effort. Try hanging ornaments to decorate live plants, light fixtures, doorway overhangs, stairwells, mirrors and even the mantel.
Among the pines: Potted evergreen plants decorated with lights bring plenty of festive feelings into a room. The best news is that when spring arrives, you can plant them outside in your backyard, or donate them to a community project that needs evergreen trees. Using live plants infuses the room with light and good, clean oxygen, and it's the subtle touches your guests will appreciate and remember.
With these timely tips, you — and your home — will be ready for a holiday season of celebrations.
Bright idea: Renowned decorator Nate Berkus says smart upgrades to your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make in boosting your home’s value. “Lighting is one of the most important decisions you can make in any room, including the kitchen. Since lighting can often add to a dated vibe of the space, swapping it out for something more timeless immediately makes the space appear more modernized,” Berkus advised.
Fancy frames: An empty wall holds endless potential. If the room is small, expand your space with a mirror collage featuring a variety of shapes and varnishes. Is your heart set on a colorful patterned wallpaper? Showcase your favorite print in a large frame for a beautiful living room backdrop to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Art fans should collect a variety of frames in different finishes and styles to create your own living room gallery featuring a beautiful art display.
Repair bare spots: If you have thin or bare patches of grass in your yard, it’s best to do your homework first and determine the best solution. These types of problem areas are often caused by pests, droughts or disease. Common repair and grass replacement methods include patching bare spots and dead or diseased areas with fresh soil and grass seed, or applying sod.
— Family Features
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