Christmas Staging

One of the things I love most about being a Morris County, NJ home stager is decorating for the holidays, especially Christmas. This year I collected antiques over the past year from garage sales and antique shops like mercury glass jars, ornaments, vases and candle holders. I even found a pair of early 1900’s snow shoes!

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Then I decide on a theme. This year is “An Ole’ Fashion Christmas” with real greens, a decorative Christmas tree made from drift wood and a live boxwood wreath with berries. I use lots of Christmas greens with white lights and homemade knit stockings…..from Pottery Barn.

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Ideas for decorating your home for the holidays:

Plan out what you want to accomplish before you buy your holiday greens and decorations. Look through magazines, store fronts, Pinterest, and the Internet for lots of great ideas! I found this driftwood tree at HomeGoods, used a sauce jar for a candle and pine cones from my backyard…

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You don’t have to duplicate the exact look, just get ideas and use items you already have, re-purposing them.  Some of you will find greens in your own backyard.

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Use what you have:  Jars make pretty candle holders, add fake snow to lanterns, hot glue pine cone to ribbon, look for twigs and berries in your backyard for vases or use silver urns or teapots and fill with greens. The point is get creative!

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Use a theme that suits your home and style  i.e. antiques and natural colors like burlap ribbon, white wrapping paper and white lights look great in older homes. More vibrant colors like blues and pinks and colored lights look great in more contemporary spaces. Christmas doesn’t have to be red and green. I love white, silver and gold…

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Candles really add ambiance and set the mood for the holidays. Put them in the freezer before using and they will burn much slower. Also they have new battery candles that look so real you can tell the difference……except they don’t burn down by the time the party’s over.

 Use bottles of all shapes and sizes and fill with fake snow found at any craft store, holly and/or Christmas greens with a candle. Simple and elegant.

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Make it fun. If it’s feels like work you’re missing the point. Make some hot cider or eggnog, put on some holiday music and ask other members of the family to join in. There’s nothing better than including everyone and making holiday decorating a family tradition.

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Tulle is a great way to make bows and they don’t fall off and can be stacked. Need I say more?!

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You can find pine cones at any craft store and bring the outdoors inside. It’s a great way to decorate on a dime and they are so festive!

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I purchased these holiday pillows 3 years ago and use them each year. The centerpiece is made from greens from my yard, pine cones and glazed grapes from the craft store. I call it easy elegance! Morris County NJ Home Stager, NJ Home staging, Holiday Staging

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My next post will be on choosing and decorating your Christmas tree so stay tuned! A very Happy Holidays to you and yours! Wishing you all good health, love, prosperity and happiness in the coming year.   Best, Kristine Ginsberg

If you are in need of assistance in decorating for the holidays call Morris County NJ’s Elite Staging and Redesign at 201-602-2562 or fill out our  contact form. No job is too big or too small. We can help you turn your home into a warm, holiday oasis that will have all your guests talking for months to come!