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Christmas time is finally really here, I have just been so excited about it!  I love the lights, the trees, the smells, the spirit, the music, and mostly the SNOW that we’ve been getting in the last few days!  To celebrate the season, Home on the Range is going holiday from now until the big day!  Join us for a series of Christmas blog posts that will help you get inspired to bring the holiday spirit into your own home (if it’s not already there).  

Today we’re sharing some of our favorite Christmas-scapes with you.  Whether you’re in the mood for tree-scapes, mantle-scapes, table-scapes, or entry-scapes, look no further.  We have compiled a collection of Christmas decorating glory that we hope will help inspire you to take your own Christmas-scape to the next level.

 

Outdoor Christmas-scapes:  Incorporating items like lanterns and candles with a wreath or leftover greenery from your Christmas tree makes a beautiful impression without taking up too much of your precious holiday time.  Try arranging greenery in containers like baskets, planters or old washtubs and adding pine cones and branches for a rustic approach.

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Christmas table-scapes: Setting your table for Christmas is one of the easiest ways to add a holiday feel to your home that also makes it feel well polished and put together.  Mason jars are ever-popular centerpieces, and using different sizes and styles creates a little bit of visual excitement and variety.  Candles are a table’s best friend, not only during the holidays, but at any time of the year.  Candles are pretty, and you can use different colors and shapes to highlight your current decorating theme.  Best of all, when lit, they contribute an intimacy to your dining experience that is hard to achieve without them… think “mood lighting”.

Image via Houzz

Image via Houzz

Christmas mantle-scapes:   There are so many many many ideas for decorating your fireplace mantle for Christmas, whether it is big or small, fat or skinny, short or tall.  The mantle decoration is one of the most eye-catching displays, and will set the theme for your entire Christmas decorating scheme.  Adding or changing a few simple elements can give you an entirely different feel, so play around with it and see what works best for you!  A few key elements to get you started are candles, greenery, and berries (or anything else that will add a splash of color)  Here are some of our favorites:

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A few extra details:  At Home on the Range, “It’s all in the details” are words we live by.  Seriously, the details make the space.  Focusing on the small picture will create a unique environment, and will begin to allow the big picture to fall into place on its own.  Look at what you already have in your home and try to imagine what you can work with to create something new.  If you are unsure of where to start, or if you are just looking for a little bit of extra inspiration to fill in your decorating holes, you can try a few of these easy decorations that are simple and elegant, but pack a big style punch.

 

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Image via Jim Fairfax

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Enjoy your Christmas decorating time, and don’t forget to stop into our showroom for all of your last minute decorating items!  All of our Christmas decor is 30% off through Christmas Eve!

Christmas time is finally really here, I have just been so excited about it!  I love the lights, the trees, the smells, the spirit, the music, and mostly the SNOW that we’ve been getting in the last few days!  To celebrate the season, Home on the Range is going holiday from now until the big day!  Join us for a series of Christmas blog posts that will help you get inspired to bring the holiday spirit into your own home (if it’s not already there).  

Image via Clarendon Lane

 You may recall that in the recent past we showcased some current rustic trends in design- using natural items like antlers, branches and trunks in decorating.  What we want to talk about today is how easily those trends transition into holiday decorating.  Have you seen Pinterest lately?  They’re everywhere!

We love how rustic design brings the outdoors in, and what better time to do that than at Christmas?  Think about it, you’re already dragging a large fir tree from the woods into your home while singing songs about Santa’s antlered animals, so while you’re tramping the forests why not collect a few extra armloads of goodies?  Or, if you’re a little less Jeremiah Johnson (or maybe your snowshoes are in the shop right now), stop in to the Home on the Range showroom… we can help you choose everything you need for a beautiful, natural Christmas this year.

Here are a few of our favorite “Stag and Twiggy” holiday displays, along with some tips for how to incorporate them into your own space.

 

Antlers for ornaments: I think this is such a cute idea!  Use antlers to hang extra ornaments from, it will help bring a holiday feel to your entire home!  You can use elegant antique ornaments, or use colorful new ornaments for a more funky modern feel.

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Twig Stars: Collect branches from wherever you can find them (we have them for sale here at the Home on the Range showroom, hint hint) and use them to create rustic stars that you can hang on the wall… try wrapping Christmas lights around them for an extra holiday kick.

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 Twig Centerpieces:   Twigs and branches can make beautiful focal points for centerpieces.  They add height without being too heavy or solid, and you can still see through them!  If you want to add a little something extra, you can hang tiny ornaments from the branches, spray them with shimmer, or use pre lit branches.

-I love the pine cones and lights in the base of this centerpiece, it looks very wintery and natural, but cozy and warm at the same time.

Image via Julie Mulligan Floral Style

 

-I like the lights at the tips of all of the branches in this centerpiece.  White decorations are growing in popularity this year, but if you live somewhere like Steamboat where it snows ALL the time, you have to be very careful when using white in decorating.  It tends to feel cold and bare when what you really want is a warm, inviting respite from the outdoors.

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Stag Centerpieces:  They’re so cute.  I just love these tiny deer, I can’t even tell you.  Intermixing deer with greenery, lights, candles, and any small antique items you might have on hand is a quick way to make a beautiful, unique centerpiece that will get you plenty of compliments.

-This is probably my favorite centerpiece ever.  In the whole world.  I wasn’t kidding when I said I love tiny deer, but even more than just that I love the punched tin candle holders mixed with the glass tea lights which contrast with the natural pine cones.  It just works.

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-This one is perfect because it combines the rustic elements of the “stag and twig method” (I made that up, what do you think?), burlap and birch bark cups with more traditional, polished items like glass and white tea lights to create a centerpiece that perfectly embodies rugged elegance.

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Or, if you already have your house all done up in rustic style, there are also ways to decorate around your existing pieces.  I love this mantle-scape with the wreath around the faux stag head.  The pinecones, feathers and lanterns in the display give the room a very lodge-y feel that is easy to recreate in your own home.

Image via the Everyday Home

 

If you are looking for any of these holiday decorations, stop into the Home on the Range showroom, we have swag, garland, twigs, branches, ornaments, feathers, stag heads, antlers and figurines, as well as candles and candle holders.  Basically we are your one stop shop for everything rustic and Christmas!

 

 

 

We are excited to have Alexandra from TilesUK guest posting for us this week!  She has lots of great ideas about how to create a rustic holiday display in your home, just in time for Christmas decorating!

Have a Real Rustic Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year, so you need to make the most of it and create a welcoming atmosphere. Your solution…a cosy, snug, rustic design. Rustic Christmas ornaments and decorations are uncomplicated, yet give a stunning look in their simplicity. Whether you’re simply adding a few elements, or completely redoing your living room into a log cabin, you can be sure to find a wide variety of Christmas decorations that will suit all your needs.

So why not grab a mulled wine, sit back, and settle in to enjoy some rustic Christmas inspiration?

The Tree

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Items of the outdoors are key when it comes to a rustic design, so why not do this quickly and effectively by welcoming a real Christmas tree into your living area? For a rustic tree, it’s always good to keep to a colour theme; red, gold and brown are always nice. To create a warm and textured feel to your Christmas tree, you can add wooden and felt ‘mix and match’ decorations, stars and reindeer which have simply been sewn and stuffed. These are perfect examples of rustic tree decorations. One tip to remember; try and keep away from tinsel. Instead, try adding glittery twigs which can hang out of the Christmas tree, which will add a new dimension and a unique feel to your tree.

Take a Rustic Seat

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Setting the dining table is just as important as decorating the tree. You should begin your design with an eye-catching centre piece, large bark candles varying in size, or a small, ‘cute’ Christmas tree would be perfect. You can complement the centre piece with a rustic backdrop; a table cloth which is green tartan, for instance, would be perfect. When setting a rustic Christmas dining table, don’t neglect colour just because you’re going for a rustic design, this does not mean everything has to be wooden or brown. Consider setting the dining table with vibrant red chargers and pine green plates. For a little finishing touch, you can add snippings from your Christmas tree, or a few red berries over your table.

Bits and Bobs Around the House

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Simple additions throughout your home will make a massive impression. In keeping with the colour theme of your tree you can add candles, bunting and other decorations. Leaving handfuls of baubles and pinecones, lost in a little ribbon and sprinkled with a pinch of glitter, will welcome the rustic theme throughout, for an inexpensive price and minimal effort. Hand crafting a few items is perfect for creating a rustic feel, whilst creating your own bunting out of recycled Christmas cards is not only ‘green’, it is ideal for the rustic Christmas feel.

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Hopefully, these simple tips have given you some great ideas on how to create the perfect rustic home at Christmas. Remember not to neglect a room; even if you just simply place a few pinecones in the corner this will be extremely effective. Try to make some of the pieces yourself, this way you will save money and keep the kids out of trouble while you wait for Santa to arrive.

 

 

This blog was written by Alexandra, a keen home interior design follower who loves to share her ideas with anyone. One of the rooms which is hard not to neglect is the bathroom, so why not get it in tiptop condition ready for your Christmas guests with TilesUK’s  help?

Get Twiggy-Using branches and trunks in decorating

We have been talking a lot about the rustic design craze lately, and a huge part of making a space feel truly rustic is the ability to bring the outside in through design and decorating.  Sometimes this can be easier said than done, and, short of plying up your carpet to create a dirt-floor, you may wonder exactly HOW to bring nature into your home.  One easy way that has been gaining in popularity is the use of raw trunks and branches in furniture and decorating.

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Furniture is the simplest manifestation of the twig method.  There are many companies that sell amazing natural wood beds, chairs, tables, you name it.  Like this beautiful bed from La Lune Collection.  Can’t you just picture sleeping in this?

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Another more creative way to add arboreal charm to your space is by incorporating it directly into the room itself.

I absolutely love the spaces that use full aspen or birch tree trunks along walls and in corners; it gives you the feeling that you are really IN the forest.

A more subtle, but nonetheless charming way to achieve this effect is to incorporate branches into already necessary aspects of the room, such as banisters, hand rails, light fixtures, or cabinet hardware.

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Finally, if you are afraid of jumping full force into tree house commitment, try adding some hints of the woods in different places throughout your home.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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And, like always, don’t forget to make Home on the Range your first stop for all things twiggy.  We have lots of items and pieces to show you that will help you bring nature into your home, so stop into our showroom today!

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