“Theming for a Lifestyle” is a mantra Kathy and I live by. Why you may ask? It narrows down the choices and creates focus and direction for decorating. Christmas is no exception to this rule. Your Christmas Décor should complement your home decor. Since the Christmas tree is your largest Christmas decoration and the focal point, it is important to choose a theme that flows seamlessly with your home.
A beautiful home deserves beautiful Christmas decor! Teardrops attached to lanterns adds a festive touch to the exterior of this home. A large crescent over the double iron doors is a good choice when you’d rather not cover up the doors.
This homeowner preferred traditional red, green, and gold with mixed greens that looked more natural. Red velvet, cheetah print and gold mesh compliment the red brick but show up well against the limestone.
Tip: taking a small crescent and wiring 2 teardrops to each side can make a large crescent.
In the entry an extra piece of garland was added over the mirror.
Floral, ribbon, a ball spray and an ornament were added to give guests a jolly welcome. Fresh red poinsettias in an urn are the perfect touch to the gold musician angels. The winding staircase is decked out with multiple lengths natural lit garland.
Large bows made of 4” platinum polka dot, quilted chocolate, solid matte, and shiny red metallic stripe, and music printed ribbon are a combination that coordinated the entrance and dining area to formal living room. Red poinsettias and sparkling platinum florals enhance the elegant bows.
Tip: Use long zip ties to attach garland to banister, then wrap a piece of greenery to hide the zip tie.
An arrangement in the niche mirrors the colors and style of the staircase florals.
In the dining room fresh poinsettias in mercury glass bowls and candlesticks provide perfect centerpieces, and they are low enough to have a conversation over. A decorated 9’ garland lies gracefully atop the china hutch and again is a coordinate to the theme and color story happening around the corner.
Tip: Remember to add touches of floral, ribbon, and greenery to sconces. This usually can be done with scraps from the larger projects.
In the formal living room, the winter white painted mantle is the focal point commanding special attention. From the chimney hang lit garlands, with versions of the same ingredients and colors of red platinum and bronze. The upper molding surrounding the fireplace looked neglected without a hint of green. The berries just add some sparkle and make it pop.
Tip: use remote control timers on the plug ins for easy access but also conserving energy and lengthening the life span of lighting on trees, wreaths, and garlands.
In the kitchen and family room, a more casual approach was taken. Matte gold balls, red and gold polka dot ribbon, and the brown cheetah print we saw outside with gold mesh tie up extra fun bows. Lime green glittery balls and curly wired trim add a whimsical touch. Antique gold leaf sprays and animal print flowers mix well with a red and lime berry. Merry Christmas signs, gold jingle bells, and assorted glitter package ornaments look great with the family’s own collection of treasured ornaments.
Tip: A wooden box was built by a handy man to raise the tree up 12’ to fit the scale of the room and give more space for packages.
Across the room two garlands were hung, attached at the corners of the mantle with a c-clamp. One laid across the mantle on top and hung over the right side while the other draped down and hung off the left side. Coordinating ribbon and some of the elements from the tree decorations were added to the lit greens.
Filling glass jars with balls, ornaments or candy look nice on the bar or island. A favorite scripture about the holidays was ordered online in the popular chalkboard print and framed to hang over the stovetop.
This home is ready for family and friends to visit for the holidays!
Show Me Top 4 Reasons To Theme My Christmas Tree ……… part 1
“Theming for a Lifestyle” is a mantra Kathy and I live by! Why you may ask? It narrows down the choices and creates focus and direction in decorating, for a party, your home decor, a celebration or event and your Christmas Décor. Because the Christmas tree is your largest Christmas decoration it is only natural for it to be front and center!
Definition of a theme:
Wikipedia: “a central topic, a subject or concept (the author is trying to point out)”
Webster’s: “a unifying or dominant idea or motif with common elements”
Show Me Decorating: simplified focus, narrowing choices of common elements when decorating for Christmas, parties, events, home décor and personal style
Top 4 Reasons to Theme
1. A unifying concept or theme gives even modest home displays a professional sheen
2. Simplifies your decorating, buying
3. Saves money and time
4. Creates focus and finish
We created several new themes for Vickerman’s Showrooms in Atlanta and Dallas. We hope you are inspired to try theming for the 1st time or incorporate one of our new Show Me Decorating themes in your Holiday decorating!
Chef Santa serves up sweet treats of colorful concoctions from cupcakes to lollipops. Glittered ribbon adds an extra touch, and don’t forget to sprinkle in the multicolor candy polkadot balls. Yum! A Flocked Christmas Tree is the perfect base to highlight this fun mix of colors.
Add in your favorite collection of gingerbread ornaments, perfect for a kitchen or breakfast room!
Peacock Splendor Christmas Tree Theme is majestic shades of turquoise, blue, green and gold. Strutting a color palette that matches your homes decor will compliment the celebrations. Picking core ingredients that reflect your taste and personality will give your home its own one of a kind look and style.
The gorgeous Blue Green Tinsel tree shows off all the fabulous shades of blue. Add in your personal collection of gold, crystal or peacock ornaments and you are set to celebrate!
Leopard print ribbon, balls and ornaments added to the Peacock Tree Theme are a perfect match to our homeowners living room. Our Show Me Decorating step by step techniques will help you decorate like a designer!
Glistening icicles and snow tipped branches, Christmas holly and Red poinsettias transform your Christmas into an Enchanted Forest! Frosty woodland snowmen and critters play amongst the CHristmas Forest shades of greens, rich ruby reds and accented with platinum sparkle and a touch of rustic burlap.
Curl up next to the fireplace on a holiday night and celebrate the Christmas season in an Enchanted forest!
Follow all our decorating How To and bring out the designer in you!
Happy Decorating Y’all,
Becky and Kathy
Christmas decorating since 1984
Next post we share 3 more Christmas tree themes, Peppermint Twist, Christmas Sparkle, Metal Mix and more.
There is something for everyone!
Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Golf, Baseball, Tennis, Diving, Softball, Wrestling…
So many sports and talented kids…..
Spotlight and Showcase each SPORT to show appreciation to Athletes, Coaches, and parents for the time and hard work!
Start with Trophies. I had friends and neighbors donate trophies for all sports
Then spray paint with school colors.
Soda bottles as a base for jerseys and stuffed with newspaper to give the jerseys shape then added tissue paper as FLUFF!
The Coaches were kind enough to loan us the jerseys to use as decoration and gave us a chance to Showcase each sport on a table top! The stuffed jerseys also provided height to the table tops. ( The only items I purchased were wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, and spray paint.) The soda bottles were donated as were the trophies. We repurposed the WC flags from a previous year.
Down, Set, Ready, Decorate!
Thanks to my awesome team-Katy Thomas and Lanisa Cole for all of their help and for friends and neighbors that donated trophies.
Quick Idea-Have trophies lying around collecting dust but you hate to part with them-Pop off name plates and frame as a memento and hang on a wall or give to your favorite athlete.
Mom of 4 Boys and still collecting trophies
If you know anything about Miss Cayce’s or Show Me Decorating, it’s that we LOVE colorful things! That’s why Coton Colors fits us so well! It’s so bright and colorful and well, it just makes you happy! Our first favorite thing is the Happy Everything Platter.
It’s so great because you can change out the attachments for different seasons or occasions. This platter comes in neutral and white, for those of you that prefer a little less color. The platters also come in a mini size, too.
There are also cookie jars, canisters, and soap pumps you can put attachments on as well.
Next, we have the table swap. Now, this is fantastic! We love these dishes. There are charges, large plates, salad plates, and bowls. You can mix and match any colors you want! Isn’t that awesome? Here is some inspiration from a table we decorated at an event.
A white table setting is offered as well. This is great because if you don’t like a ton of color you can just add pops to fit your taste! This would be really great with all the different serve-ware options they have. It would add just the pop of color you need to the white.
Seasonal plates and table decor is also a must!
Here are some of the cutest candlesticks, too! So fun, but yet classy.
So, I am sure you can see why we love Coton Colors so much! There is just so much you can do with it! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Happy Decorating Y’all!
ViVA FiEsTA for CiNcO dE mAyO
The Round Top Collection pieces can easily be added to pots on your front porch.
Each piece comes with an attachable rod or you can add in to a Wreath.
Brighten up What gets stepped on..with a little spray paint
Found on huset-shop.com
Fiesta is all about Fabulous colors and textures. Paper Flowers make a statement as doorway decor!
Aunt Peaches has a great tutorial to say OLE! with WOW doorway
Pinata’s are all about the candy!
SheKnows.com has an awesome video tutorial to make your own.
ViVa Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo!
The Perfect Family Easter
I don’t know about you but when our family gets together we always have a big meal, especially when it’s to celebrate a special holiday like Easter! Here’s my delicious family celebration menu. Our traditional Easter lunch is centered around my famous brisket, a twice baked potato casserole, yummy green bean casserole and Sister Schubert’s Rolls (almost as good as mom’s). I don’t know what the Sister does, but her rolls are just so amazing!
Here’s my famous brisket recipe! The recipe is so simple, people don’t believe me when I share it with them, but take my word for it, it is!
This delicious brisket recipe is just like our Christmas decorating recipes; easy & quick and you can do it!
Spray pan with Pam before placing trimmed brisket, fat side up in the pan. I like to use disposable baking pans for easy cleanup!
Cover brisket with heavy duty aluminum foil (Reynolds) and seal tightly. Place in a pre-heated 250-300 degree oven on middle shelf. Cook for 8-9 hours, depending on your size of brisket.
After cooking, remove brisket from oven being careful not to slosh the liquid. Carefully open foil to release steam and heat, then allow brisket to rest, loosely covered.
Next, remove the top layer of fat and discard, place the brisket on a cutting board and use an electric knife for perfect slices! Pour off 1/2 of the liquid and discard. Return sliced brisket back into pan (or fancy serving dish) and top off with your favorite bottled BBQ sauce. Cover with foil until ready to eat. You may want to reheat slightly.
Did you notice my Lisa Frost cutting board?
Show Me Decorating Tip: Plan a make ahead menu for large family gatherings. This brisket recipe is great prepared the day before and cooked overnight. Most vegetable casseroles can be made the day before and refrigerated until ready to heat and serve. Ask family members to bring a salad and desserts!
We finish off with an Easter egg hunt and fun desserts!
We love to celebrate Easter with the eggs, candy, rabbits and new clothes, but the real celebration is life. Life given to us because Christ is Alive!!
Thank you to AKA Design + Life for this beautiful printable!
Happy Decorating Y’all,
Becky and Kathy
Here is last Easter’s Family Parade…