My favorite room in my home is my Florida room. I love the light that streams through the windows. I like the comfort and ease of the wicker furniture. Most of all, I’m in love with the overall atmosphere.
For the biggest part of the year my Florida room is done in a beach theme. There are lots of seashells, grass like plants, sand stone, etc. in colors of white, beige, blue and green. I find that decor both soothing and relaxing.
However, every once in a while I like to change the look and feel of the room. I switch out the beach them for a holiday space. I recently overhauled my Florida room for autumn. It will remain that way until Christmas time rolls around and it becomes my Santa’s workshop.
Rather than going to the expense of buying new furniture cushions, I made a trip to my local Wal-Mart where I purchased five yards of fall fabric for $3 a yard. With it, I made slipcovers for the backs of my wicker chairs. Then I used the rest to cover various throw pillows in different shapes and sizes.
I temporarily put away all my beach items in favor of fall leaves, pumpkins and carved Native American and Pilgrim statuettes, which I used to decorate the tabletops. I also opted to use leaf shaped place mats in various fall colors to protect the table surfaces.
I moved my fruity kitchen topiaries to the space to add more warmth and color. I also replaced my white and blue candles with green ones that fit in with the new decor. I even purchased a couple of glass leaf shaped candleholders to dress up the room’s curio cabinet.
The overall effect turned out amazingly warm and inviting. It is the perfect place for my husband and his friends to watch football games and for the family to just meet and converse.
If you have a room in your house that you can convert to a holiday room, here are some ideas to help you.
Idea #1. Use what you already have but repurpose it. It can be expensive replacing furnishings and linens. Don’t even try. Instead, think of ways to retool what you already have on hand. For example, I took an old stained table and painted it a green color that would fit in with almost any holiday decor I choose. I made slip covers for furniture and throw pillows. When the holiday is over, they can easily be removed, laundered and packed away for use again next year.
Idea #2. Shop garage and clearance sales for holiday pieces that you can use. I found my Native American and Pilgrim statuettes at Big Lots when the store was switching over from autumn to Christmas. I got them for half price. I found my decorative pumpkins at yard sales. This kind of inexpensive holiday decor is perfect for adding finishing touches to your space.
Idea #3. Make your own decorations (e.g., potted plants, centerpieces or candle gardens). If you don’t mind watering, real potted plants from around your house can make a wonderful addition to your holiday space. That is especially true if you choose plants that fit in with the season for which you are decorating.
However, if real plants frighten you, shop arts and crafts sales for beautiful silk plants and flowers that you can put into existing containers. I chose to use a lot of greenery because it fits in with almost any season. To add a touch of color, I made my own silk flower table arrangements. The cost was pennies on the dollar but the effect was first-class.
Keep candles on hand in different colors, shapes and sizes. These can be used alone or you can build a candle garden that will perfectly accent your chosen decor.
Idea #4. Use your imagination. There is no magic formula with regard to what you should put in a holiday room. Let your creativity flow and come up with ideas that will give the room a bit of extra pizzazz. For example, around Halloween, I plan to add fake spider webbing and ghosts and goblins suspended from the ceiling to give the room a bit more punch. After Halloween is over, I remove that decor and return it back to a strict fall theme.
Idea #5. Let your kids help. I often ask my grandchildren to draw pictures to use in the holiday room. Sometimes we make foam houses from kits purchased at a local arts and crafts store. We even make our own pieces like an egg tree for Easter or a gingerbread house for Christmas. This year we are going to make paper mache puppets to do our own nativity show.
The key to having a good holiday room isn’t having a lot of money. It is having fun with the concept itself. Getting creative and putting your own personal spin into the space can make for a room your guests will love to visit.