Category Archives: Christmas Colors

{A Clean} Home for the Holidays!

In our household, the holiday rush begins the day after Thanksgiving.  I start putting up Christmas decorations — beginning with 30 wreaths, and I host a small dinner party in my dining room (shown above).  Then it’s pretty much non-stop until New Year’s Day.

This time of year, I’m always running short on time when it comes to cleaning up around the house.   And the joy of having teenage boys!  They come in from outside and leave behind a trail of dirt.  Needless to say, it can be quite a challenge keeping the floors clean.

So, imagine my excitement when iRobot offered to send me a Braava Floor Mopping Robot to try out!  Have you heard of it?  It’s like something right out of The Jetsons.

When my Braava came, I couldn’t open the box fast enough.  I immediately loved it’s sleek design, and it was super easy to set up.  I was also thrilled to discover it cleans as a dry and wet mop.  I quickly put it work and I’ve already saved a bunch of time!

job number one — the kitchen!

While I decorated the dining room for my dinner party, my new little friend was busy keeping the floors clean — and it didn’t complain once.  Try getting your kids to do that!  In fact, the Braava is so quiet, I almost forgot it was on.  It even stayed on the job while I took a walk around the neighborhood to gather pinecones and branches to use in my decor:

taking a walk outside…

…while the dining room floors are getting wet-mopped inside!

it even cleaned under the bar cart…perfect!

Thanks to the Braava, I got my dining room ready for guests in record time!  Now I can move on to other tasks without worrying about the floors.

the table is set!

In my next post, I’ll show you some of the easy and inexpensive things I did to create my ‘natural and green’ holiday decor.  In the meantime, if you want to know more about how the Braava works, you gotta check out the iRobot website!

This robot cleans extremely well and it’s very easy to use.  I’ve got a new bestie!

How do you get your home ready for the holidays?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks to iRobot for sponsoring this post.

No Ordinary Christmas Colors

As the holidays draw nearer, I enjoy discovering creative color ideas for Christmas decorating.  This is the best time of year to bring unexpected colors into your home, and experiment with non-traditional holiday hues.   In doing so, you may find the perfect palette to keep around in the new year.  This post includes some of my favorite combos so far this season.

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I’m recycling this one!

This is my living room last year, but I have since painted that room turquoise, so I’m doing the blue thing in there this Christmas.  But I absolutely LOVE these candy colors and will probably put up another tree somewhere else in my house so I can use these ornaments again!

photo credits:
houseandhome.com; porterhousedesigns.com; awhitecarosel.com; bhg.com

Christmas In July

Christmas is less than five months away!  And you know what that means….It’s time for Color Sizzle’s Christmas In July!

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I know…Christmas seems like a long way off, but it’s never too early to plan your holiday color scheme.  Get ahead of the crowd with colorful ideas, and when you do start to see decorations springing up in the stores, you’ll know exactly what to grab without having to think about it.  After all, nothing is worse than being caught like a reindeer in the headlights when you first catch a glimpse of those enticing Christmas displays at Target or Hobby Lobby.

I’ll be posting more color schemes as the holiday season get’s closer!

inspiration photos:  smugmug; easyliving

 

 

Candy Coated Christmas Colors

If you follow my blog you’ve probably seen this room.  It’s my red room and I’m always changing things around in there — especially during the holidays.

Every Christmas I put up my white tree in my red room, and each year I decorate it with a different colors.  This year, I chose pink and orange.  My inspiration was a pair of pillows I purchased online a few months ago {seen in the photo above}.  I absolutely love their retro pattern and bold shades of candy pink and orange.

I started looking for pink and orange ornaments well before Thanksgiving and I found just what I needed at Michael’s and Wal-Mart.  Easy and inexpensive.  I also grabbed up a couple of white tinsel wreaths that were already decorated with colorful ornaments.

My only issue with the wreaths was that none of the ornaments were orange, but that was an easy fix:  I just pulled some of the ornaments off and used a glue gun to replace them with orange ones.

I also stumbled upon these snowmen ornaments at Kohl’s:

They not only showcase my colors but they also fit in perfectly with my tree topper — a wicker snowman that I bought last Christmas.  This year, I  dressed him up in candy colored ribbon.

If you want to use different Christmas colors this year but you’re not sure which ones to go with, create an inspiration board and fill it up with items and colors that catch your eye.  Here’s what I did:

You may not even use everything you put on the board {I didn’t} but it will keep you focused and soon you will start to see a theme emerge.

And when you’re looking for holiday decor, don’t overlook the thrift store.  You knew I had to mention that!  I found this wooden sleigh and reindeer set at Goodwill:

I’m in the process of backing my bookshelves with marbled paper, which is still a work in progress, but I think the paper creates a very magical setting for my thrift store finds.

I always enjoy sharing my projects and ideas with you this time of year because color makes our holiday celebrations more memorable and special.  So, as you host family and friends, and celebrate the reason for the season — the birth of Christ — I hope you’ll use color boldly!

I’d love to see your decorations, so please send me your pictures!  Email me at kelly@porterhousedesigns.com.