The holiday season has begun! Keep your holiday spirit
alive by doing the things you enjoy and cut back on the non essentials.
Find the balance between what is possible and what is necessary. Enjoy the
decorations and magic of the season. Share the joy.
||Prepare for the Holidays. Think S-N-O-W
Make your list for the holidays and think S-N- O-W.
- S-Simplify. Sing along with holiday music. Share abundance.
- N-Nest. Note the importance of home. Nurture the Holiday
- O-Observe your own traditions. Ornament your home with
friends. Overhaul outmoded ideas about what has to be done.
- W-Welcome. Weigh the importance of things. Write thank you
notes to important people in your life.
||Redesign Party Review
Decorating with family photos was the main focus at my recent Redesign
Party and guests came ready to learn. The photo shows one grouping that
was discussed. Notice that there aren't any photos in the frames? I find
that it is often easier for people to concentrate on the grouping when the
frames are empty.
We finished with a favorite part of Redesign Parties where guests bring
in their difficult-to-decorate-with pieces and get ideas on how to use
Two tall, narrow glass vases were presented as problems.
Pieces like these call for minimal embellishment. Interesting branches or
1-3 tropical leaf stems can be simple but dramatic additions. I also
suggested a repurpose-turning them upside down to be used as
Another was a lamp that was actually a light bulb,
resembling a glass hurricane shade, with a filament in the shape of a
black rose stem. When the lamp was plugged in, the rose became
reddish-pink and the the stem and leaves turned green. Since it was small,
I suggested that it could be combined with a photo of the relative who
once owned it along with information about the lamp, using frames in a
scale and design that would compliment and not overwhelm the lamp.) I've
since learned that the lamp is a glow lamp, first produced around 1930.
That's the fun of Redesign Parties-everyone learns something new,
including me! What problem will we solve or what amazing thing will
someone bring next time?
See glow lamps by clicking below. On the
site, click on the sub category "flowers" to see a similar hurricane
shaped bulb when lighted.
Have your own complimentary Redesign Party in your home. For more
information, call 703- 689- 9886 or email
||Novel New Frames
Here's a new idea
that could also make a great gift. It's a white frame printed on pliable
chalkboard sheet material and backed with adhesive. Quick and easy to put
up and remove, it's designed to leave no residue on the walls. At 23" x
28" it is roomy enough to write a holiday greeting or a favorite quote,
make lists and more. A fun addition for your guest room to leave notes, it
can be handy throughout the year for many other uses. Price: $14.50
The frames are
available from Paper Source stores and online; supplies may be limited.
Paper Source stores are located in Georgetown and in Old Town Alexandria.
For more information, click on the link below.
||Repurposing Broken Ornaments
We've all had it
happen. A favorite ornament breaks despite all of our precautions. Before
you throw it away, try these ideas:
Use crushed glass to make a decorative
tray as seen on HGTV's Treasure Makers.
Tuck ornaments into
wreaths, garlands, and centerpieces to help hide chips and other
Tree toppers with broken bases may be used in the center
of a wreath. Wire in strategic places or use silicone glue for a more
Some ornaments are past saving or at least past
using, however. If an ornament or decoration has a lot of meaning and it
is still visually attractive, though unstable or unsafe, take a digital
photo of it, edit it for best quality, and place it in a small frame to
hang on your tree.
Have a great idea for repurposing old and
damaged ornaments? Send your ideas to me and I'll publish them in next
||A Blue Christmas?
Are you fond of
blue but never considered a Blue Christmas? This is one of the tablescapes
from my recent Redesign Party that shows how you could incorporate your
favorite color. You only need a few ornaments to introduce your color
palette. Glass balls, crushed "ice", crystal snowflake ornaments and an
angel fill a tall class container and a silver based candle holder.
Miniature frames make perfect place card holders and favors. Blue, white
and silver-simple and classic.
||Gifts with Meaning
gifts this season, check out the web sites of your favorite charities. If
you are thinking mugs, stuffed animals and key rings, think again. Many
have unique gift ideas that could please nearly anyone on your
you may not know about is the Dr.
Susan Love Foundation, in partnership with the Avon
Foundation and their work to fight breast cancer.
of the pendant shown helps fund research, awareness and prevention
programs. You can be creative with the presentation and use it to tie
around a wrapped scented candle or a favorite book. Need favors for your
women's group luncheon or dinner? Tie one around each napkin and place in
the center of the plate or wrap around the stem of a wine or water
You can help some charities by just visiting their sites and "clicking"
to get sponsored funds. While you are on the sites, check out the items
for sale that also help support their causes. Get more ideas on this click-to-give web site where you can make a difference this season and throughout
||Season Spanning Decor
For the Redesign
Party, I created 6 holiday tablescapes using non-traditional colors to
demonstrate other options for decorating the home. The displays were
assembled with items people often have in their homes, but don't usually
consider for holiday decoration.
Your decorating efforts can last
from Thanksgiving to beyond the holidays with a little planning. Using a
neutral "base" that can be built upon, you can add and subtract fillers,
accents and decorations to fit the holiday, theme and your
An easy example is a Snow and Ice theme. You can customize
this to fit your style, going from casual to elegant with simple and often
Look for items that will carry through the
theme. Crystal candlesticks, serving plates, figurines and more can be
combined with snow-related ornaments and objects for a monochromatic look.
Substitute scaled down sleds, mittens, snowmen and ice skates for the
crystal for a more colorful, casual look. Use garlands and table runners,
such as the snowflake runner shown, for inspiration and to continue your
If your holiday
decor needs a lift, stretch your budget by thinking "repurposing" before
purchasing. Look at your decorations with a new perspective. You may find
an entire new look already exists in your collection. Save time and money
by decorating once, and make small adjustments as the season progresses.
That is what Redesign is all about. Need help getting started? Call me-you
be amazed at how your everyday accessories and holiday decorations can
take on an entirely new look!
||A Sane Person's Guide to Cleaning
I was alerted to
this guide by a reader who said that though it was very basic, it was a
wake-up call to the way she was used to cleaning. Even if you have someone
who cleans for you, some of these ideas will help keep your house clean
between cleaning days, and will certainly come in handy preparing for
holiday guests. It's put together by the makers of Pledge who should know
a little about cleaning.
||Decadent Digs-Pet Crate Covers
The answer to many
pet owner's wish to make their pet's crate more attractive may just be
slip covers. I found this web site when researching ways my staging
clients could hide or disguise crates when selling their homes. Decadent
Digs doesn't believe in hiding them. They make functional covers that
coordinate with the customer's taste and decor. Pictured is one cover that
definitely doesn't hide. It used fabrics supplied by the customer and the
result is reminiscent of a round table skirt and topper. For staging
purposes though, tailored and more neutral styles are usually best.
From basic designs to custom made using your own material, Barbara
Joyce, the owner of Decadent Digs, will work with you to get the look you
want and need. As a special offer for my readers, Barbara will take 15%
off your order when you call her directly at 602- 287-9780 and mention
that you are a subscriber to my newsletter.
||About The Redesigner's Notebook
Redesigner's Notebook is devoted to tips and articles relating to
interior redesign, decorating, entertaining, organizing and related
If you have an interest or question that you would like
to see addressed, or a community event that you would like to see included
that relates to these subjects please contact me. Your comments and
suggestions are always appreciated!
~ Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House