Some fun stuff happening as we approach the holiday season...1st off, I had a remarkable time at the recent DIFFA Table Hop fund-raiser at the Chicago Merchandise Mart last Sat. (For pictures of the beautiful table-scapes, check out the Bante Design FAN page on Facebook). Next up is an event w/HGTV's Monica Pedersen at VECCO Studios.
I'll also be a guest on Real Milwaukee (FOX6 in Milwaukee) discussing Healthy Nursery Design. This will be a "2-parter" to be airred on Dec 2nd & Dec 9th. Video will be posted on the Bante Design FAN page afterward.
Upcoming RADIO appearances include: The Essence1Book radio show on Nov 16th at 7p-8p cst The NANCY PRISTINE radio show on Dec 5th at 4p-5p cst
And finally, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, here's some quick & easy decorating tips to create a festive & bountiful holiday setting:
Tips/suggestions for decorating various areas of the home (both inside and out):
· I always suggest that a PLAN will allow you to transition easily between Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas. Starting out w/your exterior colors of black, orange, purple, yellows, browns & golds. Decorate w/pumpkins, gourds, hay bales & cornstalks. With this as your backdrop, you can then easily change out the "accessories" for each specific holiday decor. EX: witches, ghosts, black cats...for Halloween to turkeys & pilgrims for Thanksgiving. Outdoor lighting can include changing out light bulbs to yellow (or yellow filter) and/or utilizing led rope lighting in trees, on the porch/deck & to outline windows/door frames & net lights for the bushes/shrubs. Using spotlights to highlight various vignettes also creates interest.
· Use the same color scheme on the inside with pumpkin/gourd/squash cornucopias on tabletops for center pieces or on mantels, change out throw pillows & blankets to help bring color scheme into rooms, change out chair cushions or even slipcovers to add to the theme w/out being "obvious".
Tips on how to get into the “Holiday Spirit”:
· Focus on the value of decorating for Thanksgiving. This holiday is designed to bring families together - how can Thanksgiving decorations foster the mood of thankfulness?Photo collages of family gatherings or even having guests bring an item/photo of what they are thankful for that year & use as place setting at the table.
· You can also create a Thanksgiving Tree-either an ornament tree that can be used as a centerpiece OR, depending on how/if you all get together for Christmas, why not decorate a tree w/examples of what you are grateful/thankful for.
Tips on some creative Thanksgiving Lighting:
· I'm a huge fan of led & rope lights for helping create a great holiday atmosphere....easy to use & set-up, & they won't break the bank on your utility bill! Available at all home improvement stores.