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Best Tips for Decorating Your Home This Season: Part 2

Last time, we went over the best tips for decorating your home on the outside. Now, we’re walking in through that wreath-adorned door and breaking out the garland.

There’s just something about festive decorations that makes you smile every time you walk in that door. So whether you’re decorating your forever home, or trying to stage a home to sell, we’ve got some tips to help you deck the halls.

  1. Safety First (Again)

    It’s worth noting for a second time how important it is to stay safe with your holiday decorating.

    For the indoor decorating, the Consumer Protection Safety Commission reminds us to:
    Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using (CPSC).
    Use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify these by the label from an independent testing laboratory
    – Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
    – If using an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant
    – Place tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out rapidly, creating fire hazards.
    – Place the tree out of the way of foot traffic and do not block doorways. Use thin guy-wires to secure a large tree to walls or ceiling.
    – Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or electrical connections.

  2. Choose a Theme to Stick With

    Walking through the stores you’ll see a whole myriad of decorations. Some have a classic look, some modern, and some rustic. While you may be tempted to grab a bit of each, it is a better idea to choose a theme and stick to it throughout your house. Many home designers suggest choosing a color palette, around 3 colors, and keep that as your theme to create a uniformed look.

    If you’ve caught yourself crossing themes, try to at least create a theme in each room or part of the house. So for instance, put all of your red and green classic decorations in the living room, and the silver and gold modern ones in the office.

  3. Consider Creating a “Holiday Layout”

    Being that the holidays are all about spending time with family and friends, you may want to think about your current layout. Take some time to rearrange your furniture in a way that is inviting for conversation. A good idea is to face couches toward each other or create a circle or cube of seating. This way guests will feel more comfortable and cozy during your holiday gatherings. Don’t forget to keep your holiday decorations in mind (like that big old Christmas tree) when creating this layout.

  4. Save Some Money With DIY

    The amount of decorations available to buy off the shelves can take your holiday spending budget right out of your pocket before you’ve even wrapped a present. If you’re looking to add some more cheer to your house this year, consider hitting up your local craft store instead.

    Some easy DIY ideas include:
    – Create your own advent calendar
    – Fill a vase with candy canes
    – Spray paint pine cones silver and gold
    – Paint some empty jars white and draw a snowman on them
    – Wrap hanging frames as presents
    – Print out some festive sayings and place them in frames around the house

  5. Don’t Forget About Scents

    One of the best thing about the holiday season is the warm smells that come with it. So don’t forget to decorate for your eyes and your nose!

    If you’re hosting a holiday party (and have a burner free on your stove), fill a saucepan with a bit of water and inviting aromatics like cinnamon sticks and apple slices. You can do the same thing with some pine branches off the tree.

    Another great option that takes care of the eyes and the nose is a sweet smelling garland with some bright dried orange slices and cinnamon-applesauce pomanders.

    Finally, there’s no better time than now to fill your house with those amazing smelling scented candles you can find on every shelf. Just be sure to refer to tip #1 and stay safe with your candles.

  6. Keep it Simple

    Finally, one of the easiest things to do is to go overboard with holiday decorating. Once you start, it can be hard to stop! While decorating, take a minute to step back and look around. Do you have any white space left? Good. Keep it. You need to give the eyes a break so that you can appreciate the decorations that you have.

    If you feel yourself going overboard, press the pause button and leave the house for a bit (don’t buy more decorations though). When you come back, you may find that you have the perfect amount of decorations up! Remember, the more you put up around the house, the more you’ll have to take down in a month.

If you’re already worrying about where you’re going to store your holiday décor, or are knee deep in tangled lights and broken bulbs, don’t forget to check back at the end of the month for our feature on holiday storage and cleanup! Happy decorating everyone!

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Josh Mente

Real Estate Leader Josh Mente, is a founding member and owner of The MD Home Team of Keller Williams Excellence, and is responsible for business administration and marketing for the firm. Josh’s career path began in 1998 as a loan officer for Eastern Savings Bank, where he managed national accounts. He later joined Option One Mortgage originating more than 500 transactions per year valued at $100M+ in sales. In 2006, Mente shifted his expertise to real estate sales, gained his license and focused on buy/fix/sell transactions. Josh is a member of Elite Real Estate Network (ERN), the 2009 Rookie of the Year for Long and Foster corporate, and in 2012 ranked 206 and 2013 ranked 234 in Real Trends of the Wall Street Journal, ranking in the top 250 agents nationwide for all brokerages. From any early age, Josh was introverted and worked hard to overcome a fears of sales - a business that doesn't lend itself well to introverted people. When challenged by a manager that he didn’t have what it took for a specific job, Josh pushed forward and won approval in his new position. That was a pivotal moment that set the pace for his success in real estate sales. Having earned an AA degree from Montgomery College in business administration in 1995 and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Towson University in Mass Communications 1997, Josh married his college sweetheart Melinda and they now have three wonderful daughters that provide the opportunity to watch them grow up and experience things for the first time. A committed sports fanatic, Josh spends time on the golf course, and follows the Ravens and Orioles as a season ticket holder. He is a part owner of two restaurants in Manhattan, enjoys music and time away with the family at their beach house in Rehoboth, DE. He hopes to find time for his hobbies that include building furniture, playing guitar, learning Spanish and flying planes.

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