A Creative, Resourceful Approach To Holiday Decor

A bright and merry home makes for a bright and merry mood! We all have our own go-to ways we tend to deck our halls for the holidays, but it can be fun and festive to add some fresh creativity — so today, for her last post, we asked Guest Editor Ericka Burke to provide a bit of inspiration. Below, she shares her tips for convivial dining room decor, perfect for this special season.
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"I like to keep things soft and mismatched and cozy. Over the years, I've been snagging vintage tableware pieces here and there — honestly, by now I've probably got too much! But I love setting the table with mismatched glasses and silverware. I think it can look really lovely and homey."

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"One thing I really like to do is re-purpose my summertime glass beverage dispensers (you know — the type you'd have iced tea or lemonade in) as vases for pretty holiday arrangements."

"I've filled them with both gourds and citrus before — it's unexpected, easy, and pretty. Grab a bag of clementines and voila! You've got a pretty centerpiece."

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"As for floral arrangements, in the winter I like to keep the actual blooms pretty sparse, just a couple pops of color mixed in with bunches of seasonal foliage. Often I'll even just go out into the cafe's back garden and trim some branches and things — whatever catches my eye!" 

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"Greenery and branches with berries and shoots can be really gorgeous in an arrangement. Don't forget about leaves either — dried leaves can add some great color to a table."

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"I don't think anyone ever needs to run out and buy tons of things to make their home feel festive and welcoming — really, if you use what you’ve got on hand, it can turn out really wonderful and simple, and make your guests feel right at home." 

p.s. Freshen up the rest of your home for the holidays, too, with these five fast interior design tricks