For your holiday décor: Create a festive glow at home. Simply stuff holiday lights into a tall bell jar. For a more dramatic look, cluster several together in a nonfunctional fireplace.

For DIY tea lights: Running errands for a party? Add satsumas (or clementines) and olive oil to your shopping list. In a few simple steps, you can use the fruit’s skin and pith for mini tabletop candles.

For fresh flowers: Everyone loves a bouquet of blooms, but caring for one can prove challenging for anyone with a black thumb. Just pour a small amount of 7UP into a vase to preserve them.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 15, 2014

Be they spruce, pine, or fir, Christmas trees and garlands are traditionally evergreen. And the problem with those natural beauties? Needles everywhere. But artificial options abound. They’re easy to store, realistic-looking, and most importantly, much less of a mess. Lucky for you, Rue Living Editorial Director Nancy shares her tips below on how to select the proper faux greenery for your very real holiday.

Faux Christmas Trees and Garlands

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November 25, 2014

For a festive season, incorporate holiday pillows into every detail of your winter décor. Here are six ideas to try.

How to Use Holiday Pillows

  1. For added color, use them instead of your typical bookends.
  2. Santa has yet to arrive. So pile pillows under the tree until gifts take their place.
  3. Stack them in a basket near the fireplace hearth for easy grabbing.
  4. Play with texture on the mantel with one or two rectangular pillows and garland.
  5. Place on windowsills (facing in or out). They’ll double as insulation.
  6. Prop them up along a wide staircase for a glimpse of cheer with every step.

 

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 23, 2013

Even if you feel prepped and ready for the most wonderful time of the year, there’s always room for a little extra holiday merriment. As the weeks of winter progress, here are some creative decorating ideas to add some cheer to your home (before the relatives arrive).

Tree-mium Seating
Working with less-than-ideal square footage? (Or just have lots of gifts to give?) Host a smaller tree on a sideboard, coffee table, or – if it’s a tiny tree – mantel. Feel free to choose an unexpected color palette, like Eddie Ross’s blues and greens (or golds), then coordinate your wrapping paper and ornaments for pleasing décor the whole season through.

Card Collection
For years, my family hung holiday cards from friends and family around the kitchen door – with tape. Now that my mother has a mantel, she decided to rescue the paint on the walls by creating a mitten-themed cardholder with string and colorful clothespins – kind of like this one. Or, welcome guests in style with a wrought-iron or modern metal trellis decked in ribbon-tied cards and displayed with a wreath hanger.

Sweet Tooth
There are oldies-but-goodies – loading one coffee-table dish with edibles and a corresponding bowl with bright, round ornaments, for example – but for a change of (decorative) pace, try filling attractive glassware with white sugar, mini marshmallows, and old-fashioned candy sticks, or crafting candy topiaries with mints, gummies, foam, and quick-dry glue (substitute double-sided tape to make future snacking easier).

Festive Lighting
You can’t go wrong with candles. Create some ice vases, fill them with tea lights or votives, and pair them with a burning yule log – be it in your fireplace, or on your TV or computer screen.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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December 5, 2012