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The vibrant reds and greens of the Christmas holiday are behind us. With several months of winter remaining, many people are looking for winter decorating ideas that reflect the chill outdoors, yet bring cozy warmth indoors.
No matter how you feel about snow, you may find that decorating your home in snow-white winter tones is the perfect solution to the mid-winter décor blues. By layering-in soft neutrals to walls and furniture (such as creams, light greys, and soft taupe), decorating your home in white can give it a comfortable, cozy backdrop for personalized elements that add color and pizazz to the space.
Greeting cards have all been sent The Christmas rush is through But I still have one more wish to make A special one for you
These lyrics to “Merry Christmas Darling” may well express the “post-holiday blues” that many people feel this time of year. Although the excitement of the Christmas season is now behind us, there remains plenty of the splendor of midwinter in front of us − guiding and inspiring us to bring this beauty indoors.
Piper Classics can help you transform your distinctly holiday-looking decorations into décor that reflects the majesty and mystery of the long, cold days of winter. Our wish for you is to find cozy and warm winter décor inspiration among these decorating tips using holiday decorations that can serve double duty:
At holidays, special events and formal gatherings, no table is complete without a festive centerpiece. Centerpieces are focal points placed in the middle of guest tables at social gatherings. Although they traditionally consist of flowers, greenery or candles, many people prefer using something more representative of the color, fabric, of other aspects of the overall theme.
Regardless of what they’re made of, centerpieces add a great deal to the overall look and feel of an event. Short on time? It’s still possible to pull together a wow-worthy table arrangement that suits your holiday decor style.
Placing a decorativetree topper at the crown of a Christmas tree is a beloved holiday tradition. Although angels continue to be the most popular tree-top trimming; stars, Santas, snowflakes, bows, elves, and any number of patriotic-themed, sports-oriented and other pop culture symbols have also gained popularity through the passed few decades.
Whether simple or ornate; made of shiny metal, glass, plastic, fabric, tin, or porcelain; passed down generation after generation or changed every year, Christmas tree toppers are a cherished finishing touch to most Christmas trees.
The History of the Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree actually predates Christianity by centuries. Ancient Romans decorated trees with small pieces of metal during Saturnalia, their winter festival in honor of Saturnus, the god of agriculture. Modern Christmas trees appeared in the middle 1500′s. The trees were sold at local markets and set up in homes without ornaments. The oldest record of a decorated Christmas tree came from a 1605 diary found in Strasburg. This early version of the Christmas tree was decorated with paper roses, apples and candies. Continue Reading The History of the Christmas Tree Toppers →
Decorating the home and Christmas tree with ornaments is one of the most cherished traditions of the holiday season. So ingrained in American culture, it’s almost impossible to believe that decorating with Christmas ornaments is a relatively new American custom.
The emergence of the modern Christmas tree actually dates back to 15th and 16th century Germany, where evergreens were used first in church Christmas plays and were hung with apples to symbolize the Paradise tree. Over the next two hundred years, German families brought these trees into their homes, where the trees were adorned with small white wafers and other little pastries cut into stars, angels, hearts, flowers and bells.
Due to the influence of the Puritans’, Christmas wasn’t widely celebrated in the United States until the 1800s. Early American Christmas trees were first adorned with long strands of cranberries or popcorn. Small gifts began to be used to decorate the tree, sometimes contained in intricately woven tiny baskets that were either nestled in the boughs or hung by a thread or piece of yarn.
More than any other holiday, an essential part of the Thanksgiving revelry focuses on the table itself − celebrate with family and friends by enjoying time-honored recipes served on a bountiful table.
So much has been written in magazines through the decades, and now online, about setting the “perfect” holiday table that a host can feel more intimidated by the decorations than by preparing the meal itself. This need not be the case! Arranged using just the right assortment of elements, any table can be made festive and worthy of family memories that will last a lifetime.
Halloween is undoubtedly fun and festive, but sometimes the creepy, grim, and at times ghastly decorations associated with the holiday can be a little much. Scary, grotesque, or eerie-themed Halloween décor isn’t the only way to adorn your home this fall however.
Welcome family, party guests and trick-or-treaters, with style and elegance − inspired by the fall-themed decorations for Halloween available at Piper Classics.
Cozy and casual − country décor begins and ends with furnishings and accents that enhance simplicity and comfort for your home. Vintage fixtures, natural materials, and rustic textiles define country style throughout the home. The bathroom is no exception.
Piper Classics has made bringing the homespun charm of country to your home’s smallest room effortless by coordinating all the pieces that make up a charming and inviting country bath. By harmonizing the accents across a variety of country and old-world collections, anyone can be an expert interior designer!
Starting with country shower curtains is helpful in finding an overall design direction.
By assembling entire country-inspired bath collections, Piper Classics has simplified decorating the bath, often the most challenging room to customize. Professional and amateur interior decorators alike will find a style that resonates with them, making decorating the bat a snap. Bath collections include: Continue Reading Elegant Country Bath Décor Made Easy →
The days have suddenly gotten shorter, and the nights cooler. In the blink of an eye, the deep green leaves of summer are turning subtle shades of yellow and orange. Soon the trees will fully be ablaze with deep reds and the golden shades of autumn. Fall is here!
The signs are clear; there’s a bit of nip in the air, jacketed children wait on street corners for the early morning bus ride, the summer perennials are fading fast while the vibrant shades of Mums and Asters take over in the fall garden. Roadside stands offer pumpkins and gourds for sale. And perhaps most telling coffee shops have added pumpkin and spice flavors to their chalkboard menus.
The autumn season marks the transition in nature from summer into winter by the gathering of friends and family for the purpose of harvesting crops. In years past, the harvest season was one of great importance. It was often quite literally, the season that made survival during the winter months a possibility. Families, and whole communities, would gather together to work, bring in the crops, and celebrate nature’s provision for the cold months to come. Continue Reading 6 Ways to Celebrate the Harvest This Fall →
As the temperatures descend and days become shorter, it’s time again to bring cozy warmth into your home. Infuse your indoor space with the colors, textures and natural autumn beauty of the great outdoors with country decorating ideas and primitive décor found at Piper Classics.
Maple Leaves: These bendable paper and wire leaves from Piper Classics make fall decorating easy and affordable! Tuck a few into a bowl of gourds for the finishing touch, or scatter around your fall pumpkins. Crinkle and shape them to look just like the ones that fell from your tree! Use contrasting colors to make your fall display pop – comes in dark crimson and colored Maple.
Tiny Pumpkins:Create a festive centerpiece by scattering these cute pumpkins on a platter and mixing with fall leaves, or fill a bowl with mini pumpkins and acorns for instant fall charm. The Tiny Orange Pumpkin measures 3″ in diameter and is 2.5″ tall, and come with an authentic looking wired stem. Comes in colors of orange or tawny. Continue Reading Inviting Fall Décor →