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Tis the Season: Decorating for the Holidays

Are you ready to transform your home for the holidays? Invoke a sense of warmth by combining the joy of the season with the relaxed mood of the beach. Deck your halls in seaside style with these festive ideas:

Holiday Hues

Traditional colors may tend to be red and green, but when it comes to celebrating in Florida, shades of periwinkle, turquoise, and white also prove festive during the holidays. Decorating with an aqua and cream color scheme mirrors shimmering waters and powdery sands.

Deck your Door

Spice up an evergreen wreath by attaching small sparkly ornaments or metallic spray-painted starfish or sea horses.Step outside of tradition by using palm leaves and oranges for a tropical touch or go with a wreath that is made up of shells entirely. Showcase your décor with a pale blue ribbon for hanging to complete your coastal masterpiece.

Hosting out of town guests? Greet them in style by adorning your entire front porch entrance in lush, fragrant garlands complete with tropical fruit tucked into the greenery. Enhance the area near the front door with a scattering of decoratively wrapped faux gifts.

Coastal Christmas Tree

Buck tradition with a tropical tree in shades of sea foam green and pink. Flamingo ornaments provide a whimsical vibe and a starfish topper adds even more beach ambiance. If you go with an aqua and silver color scheme, glass orbs and metallic ribbon are inexpensive substitutes for traditional ornaments.

For a tree full of ocean treasures, include painted shells, fishing floats and a natural colored woven topper. Using a rustic basket in place of a traditional skirt adds to the coastal touch. If you’re looking for a DIY craft, drill tiny holes through medium-size shells and string them on fishing line for one-of-a-kind, beachcombing decor. Tucking sprigs of dried coral and driftwood between branches creates a fuller, unique effect.

Spirited Settings

Utilizing mint offers a fresh spin on holiday green and is perfect for coastal celebrations. Keep to a shore-inspired palette with a jute table runner, red stripes and wine bottles filled with tropical leaves for easy, low-cost centerpieces. Forgo tradition with your dining room table by glamming it up with shimmering crystal accents and bright coastal colors. Jazz up place settings by spraying pinecones or starfish with metallic silver paint and scattering them along the table.

Outdoor Décor

Whether it is on your patio or poolside, silver bistro lights add ambiance and can be left up all year long for a festive feeling that never ends! Paper lanterns are an easy to assemble, affordable choice that can add a special touch to a dock, drive or walkway. If you want to go the extra mile, use a large, Christmas tree and metal lanterns in any outdoor space. The sheen from the tree and the lanterns can create a festive poolside or patio atmosphere, perfect for holiday entertaining.

Spruce up greenery for the holidays with a few silver ornaments, or add boxwood wreaths hung with light blue ribbon to echo the ocean theme. Think outside the box when it comes to outfitting stair railings, by using shell garland adorned with winter citrus and bouquets of tropical leaves.

Classic Trimmings

If you don’t originally hail from the sunshine state (or if you are just a traditionalist at heart), there are plenty of ways to fake a white Christmas! Consider using artificial snow, found at any craft store, on your Christmas tree and with outdoor holiday décor. Faux icicles, snowflakes, and other icy elements can make it feel like a snowy Christmas, even here in Florida.

Perhaps an all-white artificial tree decorated with ornaments from your childhood or children’s homemade crafts is more your style. You can also incorporate sentimental touches like embroidered stockings and hand-made ornaments to personalize your space. Help set the tone by lighting an evergreen, peppermint or cinnamon candle to immerse all the senses in holiday cheer.

Regardless of how you choose to adorn your abode, be sure to spend plenty of time enjoying loved ones in your cheerfully decorated home this holiday season.