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Three quick decorating tips for holiday procrastinators

While most of us start off the holidays with the very best of intentions for grandiose holiday projects such as epic baking and cards mailed weeks in advance, the busyness of everyday life often gets in the way and we find ourselves scrambling at the end.

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As the clock ticks down to Christmas day, mutual feelings of excitement and panic can ensue as we quickly realize there are more items on the To-Do List than there are hours to complete them. While most of us start off the holidays with the very best of intentions for grandiose holiday projects such as epic baking and cards mailed weeks in advance, the busyness of everyday life often gets in the way and we find ourselves scrambling at the end. If this is your current predicament, here are a few quick and easy fixes that will have you reaching for your Sharpie to cross off ‘decorating’ in no time.

1. Bring in nature. 

Nature never fails to bring a sense of warmth and charm to a space. A big vase filled with branches or a bowl filled with pine cones makes a beautiful holiday display. Add a few ornaments to this mix to add a bit of holiday sparkle. Bonus: Have your kids help you to collect these for you, giving you valuable moments of alone time.

2. Bring out the metallics

Metallic tones always add a festive feeling. Pull out items you already have in your closet to add a bit of instant glamour to your space. Polish up the silver tea set, pin a few brooches on a pillow or lampshade, or drape a beautiful scarf over a chair. Adding these touches will give your home the feeling of dressing up for the holidays, what’s better? It won’t cost a thing!

3. Create an impressive display with multiples

Even very simple items can become eye-catching focal points when used together in large groups. While three or four tea lights on a table add charm, using a dozen will really add a ‘wow’. Pick up inexpensive tea light holders from your local dollar store in all the same colour, and group them together on a mantle or tabletop to create a beautiful display. Find clear glass jars you may already have at home- used in multiples with tea lights inside, they will create a magical glow.