Everyone is so busy during the holiday season that the idea of decorating can be daunting and stressful. We tend to go overboard when it comes to decorations, but you don’t need to go all out to have a home that is warm and inviting. Your home can be just as elegant by decorating with less.
In Southern California, a live Christmas tree dries out quickly and by the 25th we can’t wait to take it down. Artificial trees are more popular, but lugging a huge tree down from the attic every year is difficult. Here is a great idea I picked up while staying at the Heritage Inn in Marysville, Kansas. Ricci Beikman, the General Manager, used three artificial pine trees in different sizes and grouped them together using the larger tree for the focal point. She finished the look by plopping a big teddy bear on one of the packages making the hotel lobby look festive. The red, white and blue trees are a subtle hint of patriotism!
If you are passing through Marysville and want a quiet and cozy place to spend the night, the Heritage Inn is right on Highway 36. The staff is amazing. They make you feel like family!
My East Coast talented and creative friend (no surprise, she grew up in Marysville) Anita Carlat Welch, posted some beautiful photos on her Facebook. Below Anita used black and white Christmas photos found in albums of her parents, framed them in gold or silver and then used burgundy mats giving a personal and nostalgic touch to her display.
In the photo below Anita varied the heights of the individual pieces, which keeps the eye moving and the display interesting.
Details. Details. Details. The Japanese figurine grounds the display and keeps the bookcase from looking too overdone with decorations. The Spode plates bring the eye upward and add light to the upper half.
No matter what style your home, when it comes to decorating for Christmas, people usually prefer to stay traditional but keep in mind you should add something new and different each year to keep things fresh. Trending for 2014: decorations made from burlap, natural elements (branches, twigs and pinecones) and anything that sparkles or is metallic, especially silver.
DON’T FORGET THE RUM CAKE!
BACARDI RUM CAKE
1 C chopped pecans
1 18-1/2 oz. pkg. yellow cake mix
1 3-3/4 oz. pkg. vanilla Jello instant pudding
½ C cold water
½ C Wesson oil
½ C Bacardi dark rum
Glaze: 1/4 lb. butter, 1/4 C water, 1 C granulated sugar, 1/2 C Bacardi rum
Oven 325 degrees. Grease and flour 10” tube or 12 C Bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan. Mix all cake ingredients together. Pour batter over nuts. Bake 1 hour. Cool. Invert on serving plate. Prick top. Drizzle and smooth glaze evenly over top and sides. Allow cake to absorb glaze. Repeat until glaze is used up.
GLAZE: Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in rum.
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