Rock your holiday table using staples you already own

Holiday season means guests in your home.  Or, maybe you travel and you are the guest. Either way, someone has the task of preparing a holiday table. 

Here are 3 different ways to dress up any table for the holidays, using only 4 simple staple items! You probably have all 4 staples, and you most definitely have a table.  That means you're one step closer to your table of holiday awesomeness.  

The Staples 

1.  Table cloth 

2.  Table runner 

3.  Evergreen trees (or centerpiece of your choice)

4.  An additional piece of fabric (half the size of your full table cloth) 

3 simple and classy holiday table arrangements: 

Table #1:

A burlap runner is placed over a black and white polka dot tablecloth. Three evergreens complete the look.  Simple. Classy. 

Table #2:

Add a plaid piece of fabric, and place under the runner.  Now, there's a pop of color.  You really can't go wrong with a classic plaid for the holidays. Why not adorn your table with it?

Table #3:

Now, we've eliminated the burlap.  This is still a great table without it.  The plaid fabric was folded the long way, and now runs the length of the table.  

If the plaid fabric was large enough in these pictures, it could also serve as the main table cloth, with the polka dot fabric as the table runner.  Either way! 

Creating a holiday table can be simple, using just a few staple items you might already have! Look at your table cloths, cloth napkins, and any other fabric you have (yes, you CAN use bed linens!) What pieces can you use on your holiday table this year?   How can you layer them? Then, add your favorite table center piece....and you're done.

See more holiday decorating tips at Novo Decor (website) or on Facebook.  Experiment with items you already own for a fun, eclectic holiday home! 

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5 easy steps to festive decor

Are you a bit behind with holiday decorating this year?  Or maybe you're looking for quick and easy holiday decorating tips for those finishing touches?  This post might be just for you!  Today I'm sharing easy steps toward a festive home, that involve no "fluff".....and items you already have.   (Is there any other way to decorate?) 

Creating an inspiring holiday home can be simple.  And being resourceful while doing it makes it even simpler!   I like the sound of that.  Here we go.....

No-nonsense Holiday Decorating Tips

1.  Use baskets, crates, antique trunks......basically anything you have that could potentially hold something festive inside like greenery, ornaments, wood for the fireplace, etc.   Throw in a holiday napkin or place mat for a festive edge! 

2.  Remove items that have a summer-y or "spring-y" vibe, and replace with holiday decor like fresh (or artificial) greens

Below, a rustic box and vases that once displayed summer florals, now house an arrangement of festive greenery and reds for timeless holiday accents. 

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3.  Switch out the current photos in your frames with holiday photos

 A floral picture in the white frame was replaced with modern Christmas trees using Scrapbook paper cut into triangles.  Easy and super cute! 

A floral picture in the white frame was replaced with modern Christmas trees using Scrapbook paper cut into triangles.  Easy and super cute! 

This one might be the best kept secret for fast, cute, and modern holiday wall art without breaking the bank!  I admit I am somewhat obsessed with picture frames, but THIS my friends, is why! You can create instant holiday art by removing what you currently have in a frame,  and replacing it with something as simple as your favorite holiday gift wrap!  

Or, take it a step further and create a festive holiday gallery wall using a grouping of frames!   

"I don't have time to remove pictures from frames!"

If that's you, then do this:  Remove a picture and replace it with a wreath, or anything festive! Zero need to create additional nail holes.  We are all about simple, here!  

Speaking of simple.....here's another super easy step toward making your house FESTIVE.....

4. Find a large twig or fallen branch from the yard....and hang some ornaments on it!  Beautiful! 

4.  Add simple holiday touches to existing decor

The existing frame collection above became instant "Christmas" with the addition of a couple festive accents like the small wreath, and the red vase/greenery.  Pops of red, and greenery are so simple, yet add such a festive touch.  

Turning your non-holiday decor into festive and fun holiday accents makes some of the best holiday decorating.  Look around your house, (or dig through those Christmas boxes) and see what you can use!  How can you make your decor Christmas-ready?  

It's not too late to get your holiday decorating on!  Christmas is only a couple weeks away, (12 days to be exact!), but, there's still time.....and.....the best part.......these tips are not limited to the holiday season.........

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Rock your holiday table using staples you already own

Holiday season means guests in your home.  Or, maybe you travel and you are the guest. Either way, someone has the task of preparing a holiday table. 

Here are 3 different ways to dress up any table for the holidays, using only 4 simple staple items! You probably have all 4 staples, and you most definitely have a table.  That means you're one step closer to your table of holiday awesomeness.  

The Staples 

1.  Table cloth 

2.  Table runner 

3.  Evergreen trees (or centerpiece of your choice)

4.  An additional piece of fabric (half the size of your full table cloth) 

3 simple and classy holiday table arrangements: 

Table #1:

A burlap runner is placed over a black and white polka dot tablecloth. Three evergreens complete the look.  Simple. Classy. 

Table #2:

Add a plaid piece of fabric, and place under the runner.  Now, there's a pop of color.  You really can't go wrong with a classic plaid for the holidays. Why not adorn your table with it?

Table #3:

Now, we've eliminated the burlap.  This is still a great table without it.  The plaid fabric was folded the long way, and now runs the length of the table.  

If the plaid fabric was large enough in these pictures, it could also serve as the main table cloth, with the polka dot fabric as the table runner.  Either way! 

Creating a holiday table can be simple, using just a few staple items you might already have! Look at your table cloths, cloth napkins, and any other fabric you have (yes, you CAN use bed linens!) What pieces can you use on your holiday table this year?   How can you layer them? Then, add your favorite table center piece....and you're done.

See more holiday decorating tips at Novo Decor (website) or on Facebook.  Experiment with items you already own for a fun, eclectic holiday home! 

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4 ways to bring black accents into your holiday home

Our homes can communicate our emotions, without a word spoken. In the spirit of the holiday season, it's fun to go big with home decor, accessories, and color.  And it's the perfect time to try new colors; colors you might not use any other time of the year.   Today we're talking about the color.....

BLACK!

There was a time when I had quite a bit of black decor.  Over the years my style evolved, and then I turned to light and bright.  I did away with the black.    Over the past few months, I've found myself drawn to the color again, and consequently, it is making a comeback at the Nienhuis ranch.   Here are some simple ways to add a punch of black, a classic hue, to your holiday home! 

4 simple ways to bring black into your holiday home

1. Chairs 

Do you have old wooden chairs? Are your kitchen or dining chairs dated?  Get out the black paint (or spray paint!).  Since chairs typically get plenty of traffic; priming is important.  NOTE:   If you spray paint, do it outside or in a well-ventilated (and well-covered ) area. Spray paint tends to get on everything....even if you think it can't travel 14 feet across a room! 

 There is something so classic looking in black and white for the holidays! 

There is something so classic looking in black and white for the holidays! 

2.  Textiles (pillows, tablecloths, curtains, blankets)

When I found this awesome polka dot tablecloth in black and white I did the happy dance! Disclosure:  it isn't a "real" tablecloth, but if you know me, you know I love an accessory that serves multiple purposes! This "tablecloth" will be a stunning back-drop for a bold holiday floral arrangement.....and a little gold accent here and there.  Ooooh... I'm feeling the holiday vibe just talking about.it! 

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3.  Rugs

Have you been out shopping lately?  Black/white, and black/cream patterns are everywhere.  If pattern is a little scary to you, try it first in a black/white or black/cream color combination.  A small throw rug in your kitchen, your bedroom, foyer, or bathroom is all you need. The thing I love about black/white patterns is that the pattern can be totally wild, but it doesn't have to take center stage, because two colors is all your're dealing with.  I think it's a bit easier to go pattern-crazy with black and white, versus pattern-crazy with a color-packed rug! This might be especially true if pattern is overwhelming to you. 

Then, throw some Christmas greenery or colors in the mix  and you've got a classic, holiday decor scheme that is sure to get noticed.  

These rugs have the power to add a classic, yet edgy touch to a holiday home:  

Now imagine a beautiful evergreen adorned in lights and ornaments, in the same room as a rug like one of these!   Gorgeous.  (rugs above from West Elm)

4.  Decor

Any decor you have (whether old or new!) is fair game for the holiday season. We tend to put away items when the holiday season arrives, thinking it all has to be festive and "holiday-appropriate". The time we spend doing this adds up!  A simple solution is to use the same decor items all year-long.  Choose several pieces to do this with, or all your decor.  Just add the seasonal accents as appropriate! For example....

I used this black vase with gold accents in the fall, and during the Christmas season, I can also use it....by simply replacing the gold floral arrangement with a holiday-like arrangement. 

I hope you can use a tip or two from today's post!  Do you have any decor or accents in black? Now is a great time of year to put it to use!  Black is such a classic, timeless color that compliments so many other colors, and adds depth to any room.  

Try black in your home this holiday season.....I promise it won't disappoint!  Are you using black this holiday season in your home?  Thinking about it?  Post a photo in the comments directly onto this post, or at the  Novo Decor Facebook Page

Happy Holiday Decorating!  More ideas and inspiration for decorating your home for the holiday season....coming your way throughout the month of November!!!

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Christmas Decorating: Let Go, and Let the Kids!

We are fresh off a holiday weekend and hopefully gearing up for the upcoming weeks!  I actually went shopping on Black Friday this year.   We were in  desperate need of home necessities like bed sheets, and towels.  I've never had the desire to venture out on the busiest shopping day of the year, but I'm really glad I did!  For a novice black Friday shopper, the prices were unbelievable.   And as a result we now have a couple new sets of nice bed sheets! Like really nice bed sheets.  

The morning after Thanksgiving, I barely got my coffee in the system and our boys were asking to decorate for Christmas.  I have done well teaching them the joy of decorating!   All the Christmas decor was brought upstairs the night before, so, we were officially ready to devote some time to decking the halls!  

As I sipped my coffee, they went to work.  I had to let go, and let them do their thing.   I'll admit that it was hard to do this, but I vowed not to intervene during the process.   I knew deep down that it might not be long before I got my hands on what they'd done.  Sometimes the slightest asymmetry in how a vase is placed can cause an eye twitch.  Lol.   Here is a look at what my boys did....

My favorite is the picture of our dog Lexi displayed with one of the three kings.  

The stockings were hung and their home-made nut crackers placed on the mantle.   An unfinished ornament wreath I attempted years ago also made an appearance.

A couple more days passed, and it was Sunday.  I knew I couldn't hold off much longer.  Then it happened.  I began relocating decor uncontrollably.   I did, however, ask the boys if it was OK if I moved a thing or two.  They were totally on board with that.  So it was ok right?  A "thing or two" became everything....except for the stockings. 

The coffee table needed a little attention as well....

This table is the center of our living room and plays a functional role.  As much as I love the fact that my boys lined up the candles (and put a garland around one), the candles had to be moved.   A simple bowl filled with ornaments took their place.....

And that is a little tid-bit on our Christmas decorating over Thanksgiving weekend.  I think I did a good job of letting go....and letting the kids do it (at first, that is!).   I will add that I do let my kids decorate their rooms any way they want, so I am not entirely a decorating nazi mom!    

Have you started your Christmas decorating yet?  Can you let go and let your kids do it all, or do you have to contribute in some way? No matter what your approach is,  it is a special time of year and hopefully your decorating has been (or will be) fun and enjoyable for all! 

Coming up this week....

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