Making seasonal decorating simple, one room at a time

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Home & Garden

Published on December 18, 2019 with No Comments

One advantage of seasonal decorating is that it is, by definition, temporary. This gives you plenty of freedom to experiment with new ideas and completely transform your living space on a short-term basis. It’s also an opportunity to get creative with your home’s decor to create warm, inviting places for family and friends to gather.

Get started decking the halls this holiday season with these room-by-room decorating tips from the design experts at Invitation Homes, one of the nation’s premier home leasing companies with more than 80,000 single-family homes for lease in the United States..


Curb appeal isn’t a concept reserved for buying and selling; set the festive mood from the moment guests arrive by enhancing your home’s outdoor space. Bold or twinkling, strings of lights add instant holiday appeal, and the possibilities for creating a custom look are nearly endless when you use weather-resistant removable hooks. You can embellish the design with fun, whimsical inflatables or go more traditional with stylish wreaths and garland to accent the door. Make the look your own with unexpected touches like an old sled propped against the porch railing. The beauty of outdoor decorating is that virtually all of it can be easily removed to make way for a new season or event.


In most homes, the kitchen is an entertaining hub. While platters of food may occupy many of the available surfaces, you can still incorporate a holiday theme. Set the table with a festive yuletide log with faux berries, pinecones and candles artfully placed nearby. Seasonal candles, festive seat cushions and a cheerful table runner all add subtle touches of holiday flair. Other ideas include dangling lights from the chandelier or stacking pinecones with string lights in a bowl or vase to accent the buffet line or to use as a table centerpiece. Holiday desserts can be artwork in their own right, so get creative to make the dessert table a stand-out element of the decor.

Living Room

A comfy, cozy environment that invites guests to make themselves at home as they catch up with loved ones is a holiday entertaining must. Extend the holiday happiness into this space with little touches like a lantern filled with pinecones, faux gifts by the mantle, stockings hung from stocking holders that reflect your decorative theme, seasonal throw pillows and evergreen arrangements on the end tables and coffee table.


It may be a smaller space, but the bathroom is a room every guest is likely to visit. Incorporate flameless candles and seasonal metallic accents that complement the fixtures. Hang holiday items from shower curtain rings and replace your standard curtain with a festive or candy-cane striped alternative. Be sure to finish the look with seasonal decorative towels.

Guest Rooms

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful, but you can do your part to make guests feel comfortable by adding some cheerful touches to the area they’ll call home. A miniature evergreen tree in a planter or pot makes a fun addition to a nightstand. You can adorn headboards with garland or delicate lights and add festive throw pillows and blankets or even swap out linens entirely for a full-blown holiday welcome.

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Deck the halls 

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Merry and Bright

You may not be able to guarantee a white Christmas, but with elegant touches like stunning red roses mixed with ornament balls and Douglas fir, you can be assured of sending a merry and bright one! Gorgeous red roses and carnations along with brilliant green button chrysanthemums, shiny red ornament balls and winter greens are perfectly arranged in this very merry Christmas cube.


Simply unique, this gorgeous green and winter-white design is artfully hand-arranged in a shimmering mercury glass bowl for a centerpiece beyond compare. This beautiful arrangement of crème roses, white spray roses, white tulips, and white asiatic lilies is accented with seeded eucalyptus, lemon leaf, flat cedar, Douglas fir, white pine, and a large green echeveria succulent. Delivered in Teleflora’s Mercury Glass bowl.

Whether you’re looking for local flower delivery in Chesterton or easy nationwide delivery, you can trust The Flower Cart,your local florist.

The Flower Cart is located at 145 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton. You can order online at www.flowercartchesterton.comor call 219-926-8615.

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