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Holiday Decorating Inspirations at #Kmart with #CBias


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….more decorating for the holidays! Christmas truly is the most magical time of year. There is just something really special about family traditions, whether we are sipping hot chocolate, driving around, checking out our neighbors Christmas lights, making gingerbread houses with our dearest neighbor and friend, Mrs. Hobbs, picking out new ornaments, wrapping presents (when the kids were little, my mom and Nurse Terri would help me wrap while we sipped champagne) or enjoying a great big meal on Christmas Eve (last year we ordered out Chinese ~ just like in The Christmas Story ~ and it was fantastic!).

I love decorating for the holidays; after all, more of everything is always better! This year, I was pretty excited when I was invited to check out Kmart’s Holiday Department. Always up for a challenge, I was delighted with the opportunity to shop at Kmart with $150.00 to spend decorating for Christmas.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Holiday inspired décor, vignettes and tablescapes have been on my mind, as I was the featured speaker at an event at the Arlington Design Center in Arlington Heights, IL last week. There I shared some of my professional Interior Design tips and inspirations for entertaining for the holidays.

Cruising the aisles at Kmart was so much fun; inspiration was around every corner. With so many beautiful ornaments, sparkling and glittering accents, ribbons, greens and decorations it was hard to decide where to look first. As I made my way down the aisles, I came across a gorgeous collection of Christopher Radko ornaments at a completely unheard of price; $9.99 a piece!

 

Sometimes, ornaments can get completely lost on a great big tree. These ornaments were special, so I knew they needed to serve as a focal point. I selected my four favorites; two Santa’s and two Snowmen and I picked up four 12” artificial pine wreaths (I love real, but they tend to shed and get kind of tired). Kmart had a HUGE selection of beautiful ribbon to coordinate with any décor, though I chose to use a simple and classic red ribbon.

I thought the ornaments would be a lovely and elegant touch strung through a strand of ribbon, nestled in a wreath of pine, hanging in my dining room and kitchen windows. The best part was that the whole look only took a few minutes.

 

I measured how far down I wanted the wreaths to hang (14”), cut a piece of ribbon (28”), threaded the ornament through the ribbon, nestled the ornaments and ribbon into the top of the wreath, then, with push pins, I secured the two ends of the ribbon into the window casing, and voila…..I had a tasteful and elegant focal point to my windows.

 

The Christopher Radko ornaments and wreaths took up a significant part of my budget (though they were totally worth it!). I still wanted to add a few festive touches, so I had to get creative.

 

Candy confections, like visions of sugar plums, danced in my head, so I snagged a few bags of Holiday M n M’s, peppermint marshmallows and candy canes. One of my most favorite home décor staples are my apothecary jars. They always look great filled with seasonal treasures. However, to achieve this effect, you don’t need apothecary jars, any clear cylinders will work. I simply filled the jars with candy and placed them on my island. They are cheerful and whimsical, which is something holiday decorating should be.

 

Decorating for Christmas doesn’t have to scream Santa and his reindeer. I thought I would create a little vignette for my kitchen table. To start, I took two basic hurricanes that I had in my personal inventory (in fact, for my #KmartHalloween #50ftParty I had them filled with candy corn!), filled them with faux snow and chose two fabulous, pine scented candles to place inside. These will absolutely last throughout the winter season to bring a little sparkle to the long cold months ahead.

 

With a few dollars left to spend, I decided to soften things up a bit and bring an organic quality to the table. I have a darling birdbath, but you can do this with a shallow footed bowl. I simply took a stem of artificial pine branches, removing the wire pick with my small wire cutters, and created a little nest for my birdbath. I then placed two glass ornaments inside; a caterpillar (because I adore bugs!) and an acorn. The ornaments were from the Jaclyn Smith holiday collection. It is too cute for words!

 

Rather than place these items at random on my table, I chose to give them more importance by corralling them on a tray. I also added one tall pillar candle holder to give my arrangement a little more height and visual interest.

I am thrilled with the elegant, festive touches that I have been able to add to my holiday décor…..all thanks to my visit to Kmart!

To check out all of the great items I found at Kmart, by clicking on the link below to my Google+ post

https://plus.google.com/?gpcaz=d358b807#109747774870459280271/posts

 You can also see Kmart’s Holiday Collection my visiting their website:

http://kmart.com/holidayshop

More whimsy, more Christmas celebrations, more traditions, more festive holiday décor….

To schedule an Interior Design or Life Style consultation, or for an questions and comments, please contact me at moreismoremom@aol.com

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias #CBias. All ideas, opinions and experiences are my own.

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Time Spent Together, the True Meaning of Christmas….


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…..more meaningful holiday memories. You know my mantra is more of everything is always better. I love stuff! I adore clothing and jewelry, shoes and handbags, lusciously draped fabrics and passementerie (fancy French word for decorative trim. Oh, so chic.), gallery displayed artwork, gorgeous furniture, whimsical appointments, an eclectic collection of music for my I-Pod, delicious food and great wine (or cheap wine)……just to name a few of my fav’s. However, more than anything, I love my devoted family and cherished friends.  

While stuff is great, and it is (!), the experiences that we share with the people in our lives are so much better! The gift of time is the gift that keeps on giving.

I’m always reminded of the generosity of my only sibling, my brother, Ray. He takes his role as uncle very seriously. Even though he lives out of state, he makes being a part of my Nick and Amanda’s lives a priority. When Nick broke his right ankle 4 days before his 16th birthday (perhaps a sign from the Heaven’s that Nicholas was not quite ready to get his driver’s license) my brother hopped on a plane from Atlanta to bring him Rock Band and make his birthday special. The Rock Band jam sessions haven’t been quite the success without him because each team apparently needs a good drummer and Uncle Ray is quite the percussionist. He flew in for 24 hours to see Amanda walk across the stage as she received her 8th grade diploma from Our Lady of Perpetual Donations Grammar School (unlike Jethro Bodine, who only graduated from the 6th grade, we were pretty sure she’d be a shoe in). He was here as his Godson, my Nick, turned 18. He’s attended more than his fair share of hockey games and has helped Amanda with her science fair project.

That’s what it’s all about; being together, celebrating each other and creating memories. Santa may have a tough time squeezing his big red bag down the chimney for my good little girl and boy, but the real focus is on what’s important; each other.

 

Our family, Christmas 2009

Last Christmas, Chuck and I got cross country skies. We rented a pair each for Amanda and Nick and had the very best time criss-crossing the grounds at Cantigny and the golf course at Arrowhead. It was so great to be outdoors, laughing at our ineptitude, picking each other up when we fell (some of us more than others. You’d think the one accustomed to daring fetes across a 4” wide balance beam might be able to stand up longer) and being together. We’re totally counting on some more snow so we can do it again this year.    

We love playing games together as a family (Trivial Pursuit, UNO Attack and Spoons top the list), enjoying our times at meals together (though Nick often asks, “Do we have to watch the Food Network while we’re eating food?”), watching the kids at their sports, admiring all of the good (and terrible) things that Wrigley does, and sharing some of our most favorite television programs, like Modern Family (which we DVR each week so all four of us can watch it together).

This year, on Christmas Eve, we’re keeping some of our traditions alive. In the afternoon, we always have snicky-snacks and splishy-splashes with my dear friend Judy (who’s like my sister) and her family. Then the eight of us then head over to attend mass together. I’ve always hosted Christmas Eve dinner, a huge feast; crab bisque soup, strawberry salad with a poppy seed dressing, a peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin and homemade chocolate pudding for dessert. Chuck had an amazing and completely innovative suggestion; instead of all of the pomp and circumstance, let’s don our pajamas and order in, Chinese food, from our very favorite restaurant! My mom and George were totally on board. Who knows, maybe a new tradition will be born.

More time together, more family memories, more meaningful experiences, more Merry Christmas’s……

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