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7 Designer-Approved DIY Decorations You Won't Want to Take Down
Monica Mangin, TV host, designer and DIY blogger partnered with Lowe's to offer a seasonal home makeover to one lucky fan. Monica played up the vintage feel of the house in selecting decor, but these tips would work in any home. We checked in with Monica to see the finished product of her “vintage mashup” holiday makeover. Click through for some serious seasonal inspiration and unique decorating ideas.
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Tip #1: Pre-wrap presents.
Make it feel like Christmas morning all season long by placing a stack of wrapped "gifts" under the tree well before the big day. “We used a bunch of cheap empty boxes, and instead of wrapping paper, I used paintable wallpaper from Lowe's," said Monica. Using wallpaper as gift wrap opens up more pattern and personalization opportunities than the standard holiday fare, and you can spice up packags with pinecones or holly for a natural touch.
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Tip #2: Rethink everyday items.
“A brand-new mop with long strands was $3 and gave me lots of yarn to create tassels that we used as ornaments for the tree and accents on a set of string lights to create a unique garland,” said Monica. Here, that garland combines with holiday pillows and a pair of wreaths to punch up this little seating area.
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Tip #3: Create a scene that looks lived-in.
A wrapping station can be festive and functional, so set one up if you have space to spare. For gatherings, create a hot drink station on a small table or bar cart so guests can serve themselves. Add a pretty table lamp so guests can see what they're doing.
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Tip #4: Mix modern and traditional.
Monica could have used traditonal nutcrackers, but she picked these sleek black chalkboard nutcrackers from Lowe's. You can leave them bare or draw your own design on them with chalk. Or spray-paint plain nutcrackers black or another solid color to get Monica's chic, monochromatic look.
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Tip #5: Venture beyond lights and ornaments.
“Think about the things you love and figure out a way to make them decor,” says Monica. The lucky homeowner here mentioned that she was looking for a cool antler light fixture, so they incorporated the idea into the tree instead by spraying antler-like wreath picks with gold paint. Love fresh bouquets? Pick a favorite flower and place blooms wherever you see a bare spot in the tree.
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Tip #6: Branch out with your wreath style.
Wreaths don’t have to be made of fresh or artificial greenery. Many stores are starting to carry unconventional wreaths that you may even want to leave up all year round. Or get creative like Monica and make your own. She used a vintage wheel and added some fresh greens and berries, but you could use anything circular. Try ceiling medallions.