Rue Living Inspirer, author, and stylist Matthew Mead is giving us a new point of view on holiday decoration. Here, dishes do double-duty as festive accents all through the house.

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  1. “Holiday wall décor can go beyond the wreath. Simply add plate hangers to festive plates and place on the wall with evenly placed finish nails. Mix in vintage items like wooden cutting boards and framed vintage holiday cards.”
  2. “Make an instant centerpiece with a stack of graduated mixing bowls and nuts in their shell. Fill each bowl with mixed nuts from the grocery store. Cradle each bowl one inside of the other. Add faux greens, berries, or dried pods and create this centerpiece that will last through the holidays – without watering.”
  3. “Decorative cereal bowls are perfect for planting tiny trees. With floral foam, sheet moss, and an everlasting bottle-brush tree, these tiny potted plants can march down the center of a dining table, dress up the length of a mantle, or be given as table favor gifts to take home.”
  4. “A fun gingerbread man placemat need not be relegated to the tabletop alone. Stand it upright in a glass cylinder (use double-stick tape to hold it in place), outfit with a battery operated candle for illumination, and jazz up an entry table or sideboard.”

 

Ready for a little DIY décor? Visit our Set a Stylish Table: Glassware, Linens, & More Boutique on Sunday, November 17, at 11AM ET to get started.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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Matthew Mead is a stylist, writer, author, photographer, and lifestyle editor. The former style editor of Country Home magazine and co-editor in chief of Flea Market Style magazine (2010), Matthew is also a regular contributor to Better Homes and Gardens and Victoria magazine. Matthew has written several books and produced countless magazine spreads and ad campaigns for noted companies such as Pottery Barn, Dove Chocolate, Target, and Stonewall Kitchen.

November 17, 2013

Some spend a lifetime collecting ornaments. So why bring them out for traditional tree trimming only? Stylist, author, and Rue Living Inspirer Matthew Mead incorporates these delicate pieces into holiday gifts, place settings, and around-the-house décor.

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For Gift Giving
“Embellish packages, gift bags, or wrapped bottles of wine or seasoned oils with a decorative ornament. These chandelier-style drop ornaments dress up any package with sophisticated style that the recipient can add to their own collection.”

As Table Favors
“Make your holiday table more engaging with this glittery butterfly ornament. Roll and tie your dinner napkin with ribbon and attach the ornament with gold cord. Place one at each place setting as a gift for your yuletide dinner guests.”

For Decorative Vignettes
“To decorate side tables and entryways, gather vintage bottles and decanters on a silver tray, fill with a dusting of faux snow, and top the bottles with glass spire- and star-style ornaments. Surround with flickering votive candles for a sparkling display.”

Find these eye-catchers at our Dress Up the Tree: Designer Ornaments Boutique on Saturday, November 16, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

Not a Member and like The (Style) Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

Matthew Mead is a stylist, writer, author, photographer, and lifestyle editor. The former style editor of Country Home magazine and co-editor in chief of Flea Market Style magazine (2010), Matthew is also a regular contributor to Better Homes and Gardens and Victoria magazine. Matthew has written several books and produced countless magazine spreads and ad campaigns for noted companies such as Pottery Barn, Dove Chocolate, Target, and Stonewall Kitchen.

November 16, 2013