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BH&G Christmas Ideas 2019

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Christmas Ideas® magazine serves and connects women who are passionate about decorating their homes for Christmas and the Christmas experience they create for their family and friends. Christmas Ideas inspires her to dream and gives her the confidence to move from dreaming to doing.

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United States
Meredith Corporation
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1 min.
from the editor

Editor’s Tip SAVE YOUR RIBBON SCRAPS. THEY COME IN HANDY AS SMALL ACCENTS ON SPECIAL PACKAGES. Being a holiday editor means I see Christmas decorating, projects, and products all year-round. Accordingly, I also think about my family’s Christmas throughout the year. As a result, our decorations have become rather elaborate. This wouldn’t be an issue, except most of my little decorating helpers have grown up and left the roost. One year, thinking no one would care, I decided I would display only my favorite items. When some of our kids stopped by, they reacted as if Scrooge did the decorating. Margeaux was aghast when she couldn’t enjoy the angel and churches collection. Susan wondered what happened to her favorite garland and wreath that normally hang over the staircase. The most surprising was my…

1 min.
our best tips

1 Silver metallic paint adds kissed-by-frost sparkle to the organic shape and texture of pinecones. 2 A eucalyptus garland adds robust dimension and a great scent. To make your own, trim fresh stems into 12-inch-long bunches. Use florists wire to lash overlapping layers to sisal rope. Mist daily. 3 Add twinkle lights in varying sizes to create contrast and visual interest. Same goes for a prelit artificial tree—choose additional strands of lights to complement (but not match) those already in place.…

3 min.
good tidings

MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT Turn your mantel, shelf, or dining room table into an enchanting Christmas scene. Gather a collection of glass domes in various heights and sizes. Fill a few with vintage ornaments, top each with a saucer plate, then gently turn over and slide into place. Tuck snowy bottle-brush trees under other domes. Wrap up the look with tiny gift packages and mercury glass votives. “I revel in Christmas simplicity. I love using easy and natural elements that celebrate tradition and last the whole season long.”—MATTHEW MEAD, PRODUCER WINTER WONDERLAND Let it snow with a glistening, everlasting centerpiece. Cut floral foam to fit a vintage ironstone footbath or casserole dish, then set up a miniature forest of bottle-brush trees. Cover the foam with green sheet moss, top with a mix of pinecones and…

3 min.
true blue

1 MEET TAMARA When designer Tamara Anka, right, was growing up, her mother cast a magical spell. “Her taste was very traditional, with chinoiserie and Asian touches,” Tamara says. Now a mother of two and blogger at citrineliving.com, Tamara makes enchanting Christmas memories for her family. 2 BOUNTEOUS BOUGHS By adorning her mantel, above, with two flocked garlands, Tamara sets a snow-swept stage for ornaments. She uses ribbon to attach ornaments in various sizes and finishes—such as snow-covered pinecones and gleaming blue orbs—for visual richness. “It’s important to add on lots of textures,” she says. 3 THE HIGH-LOW MIX To get the most bang for your buck, combine high-end ornaments from gift shops and Christmas boutiques with discount store finds, opposite. “I mix plastic and glass,” she says. “You can’t really tell the difference unless…

1 min.
tree trimming by tamara

1 LET THERE BE (MORE) LIGHT Although the living room’s faux tree is prelit, Tamara had her husband add more strands of twinkly lights, working from the top down. “There are never enough lights, so I add as many as I can,” she says. 2 ROLL OUT SOME STYLE Looping two types of ribbon—a total of six to eight rolls—through the branches creates fullness. “It’s important to use wired ribbon so you can shape and form it,” she says. In years past she cut the ribbon in 12-inch pieces, but this time, “I didn’t want to cut it, it was too pretty!” 3 DIAMONDS ARE A TREE’S BEST FRIEND Instead of hanging ornaments willy-nilly, place the largest ones first in diamond shapes. “This diamond approach, like a tufted headboard would look, is a common trick…

7 min.
merrily made

MARVELOUSLY MARBLED Inexpensive ornaments get a luxe, lovely look thanks to a surprisingly easy technique. Simply swirl paints for finished orbs that mimic marbling. You can use red paint, shown here, for a classic Christmas look, or bling it up with gold or silver paint instead. A wreath of lamb’s ears, velvet leaves, and sprigs of millinery berries adds fullness, texture, and color. FELT FLORALS Perhaps even more than mistletoe, poinsettia is the holiday plant. For an alluring alternative to the traditional version, we fashioned the iconic red bracts out of felt. The flower centers are tiny pink and red pom-poms for eye-catching contrast. Arrange them on a garland of eucalyptus leaves to add lush, everlasting greenery to your holiday decor. QUICK TIP Love this look but short on time? You can purchase ready-made felt…