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Holiday Home Makeover

Last weekend, I did a complete home makeover for the winner of Time Warner Cable’s #EnjoyHolidaysBetter campaign for winners Paul and Claire Ryser.  They’ve been married 5 years and never had a tree! This post is filled with simple, beautiful and inexpensive ideas to decorate your home for the holidays. Their home backed to woods, which inspired a woodsy meets glitz holiday decor theme.

simple, inexpensive and elegant Christmas decor ideas

I spoke with the winner to see what they had, took my budget shopping and started decorating.  Here are a few before and after photos, including a few of the details:

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After:
simple and elegant Christmas decorations
faux fir Christmas tree skirt tutorial
I spent the majority of the budget on getting them a pre-lit Christmas tree and ornaments.  I loved it-it forced me to get really creative on the rest of the decor, and it will be so nice for them to keep!  To the left, you’ll see the garland I made from fishing twine and the non-shatter snowflake ornaments.  Oh, and I made that tree skirt – without sewing.  Click here for the easy DIY.
easy and inexpensive Christmas decor ideas
I added pieces of fresh frasier fir on the mantel to give them the fragrance of a real tree, while not upsetting their cats!  You can get them {usually free} from hardware stores and tree lots.
beautiful and inexpensive Christmas decor | rustic elegance
When I spoke with Paul and Claire, they said they would like to refrain from a lot of color.  To make their tree stand out, I filled it with lots of texture, including glitter ornaments {DIY here}, a mix of glass and non-shatter ornaments, pinecones and icicles.
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After:
inexpensive ideas to decorate for the holidays
I used a gold paper mache reindeer, faux mini tree and a stump {free at tree lot} as accents in the dining room.
pretty holiday table setting
For the dining room table, I created a table runner from two pieces of thick burlap ribbon, purchased in the floral section at craft stores.  I used her pedestal to display pinecones that were lightly glitter sprayed.  Ornaments added an additional element at each place setting and in the wine glasses.  So simple!
diy place card holders for Christmas
Wood chips were transformed to serve as place card holders.  {DIY}
woodland holiday decor
I added a wreath to their dining room window to create a focal point for the dining room table.
simple ideas to decorate for the holidays
easy & beautiful ways to decorate for the holidays
The burlap ribbon is seen again tied to the barstools with spare non-shatter snowflake ornaments.
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After:
 I added fresh holly and berries around the mirror, spray painted the base of a store bought poinsettia gold and switched their bath rug with a faux fur rug they already had.
I replaced her picture with a white frame and printed deer onto book cloth.
beautiful ideas to decorate for the holidays on a budget
I also created reindeer hand towels {tutorial coming soon}.
And a few other accents:
simple Christmas centerpiece
Glitter tree, isn’t it darling?
simple Christmas decor
easy holiday decor
Claire Ryser - Visionaire Photography
Well, it’s finally time to decorate my own home!

2 comments on “Holiday Home Makeover”

  1. So much pretty! I love all of the white everywhere, such a classic holiday look you have!

  2. Thank you! They seemed to love it. I’m ready to decorate my home now!

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