Make your home look alive this winter season

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The winter season has a way of making everything look bare and a little lifeless. Even your home’s exterior can lose its usual appeal when there are no leaves, grass or flowers in sight. If you feel your house is looking dull, it’s time to bring your exterior design back to life with these simple tricks!

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 Add outdoor lighting

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Capital Lighting

A little light can go a long way in making one’s home appear more inviting. Install lights to illuminate your driveway at night. Not only will

your home stand out, but the lights will welcome you home when it’s dark out. Depending on how long your driveway is, you might just put a light above the garage, or you can install light posts along the actual driveway.

If you have a front porch, light it up with a wall-mount lantern. Wall-mount lanterns often have an antique, unique look and will warmly invite guests into your home with style.

If you’re a fan of holiday lights, keep some of your white lights hung up even after the holidays! White lights are a little less seasonal than colored bulbs and can perk up the look of your home long after the holidays are over.

 

Decorate your mailbox

No one thinks to decorate their mailbox, but a few minor changes can make a big difference – and will catch the attention of those walking by. Add some pizazz to your mailbox by painting it one or more bright colors. If you’re tired of your mailbox’s style, but don’t want to mess with the paint, consider getting a new one that has a unique design.  See how we decorated our mailboxes for the holidays.

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 When all else fails, add bright colors. Bright colors add instant impact and bring life to any dull area! Try painting your front door or outdoor trims a dazzling red. The rich red color against the contrasting white snow will make a statement and add warmth to your home.

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Add potted greenery

Just because you can’t enjoy grass or summer plants, doesn’t mean you can’t still incorporate a little green outside of your home. Put some fir or pine plants into a stylish planter and place them on your front steps or right next to your front door. The green shrubs will serve as a nice replacement for your usual plants until summer comes.

Don’t let your home’s appeal suffer because of winter. Try utilizing these décor tricks to make your house come alive in the cold winter months.

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Frog Urn Plant Holder

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Create a festive atmosphere to enhance timeless family holiday traditions

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Let’s face it – life can get pretty hectic, and it’s hard to always find the time to be with family. That’s what makes the holiday season so special! During the holidays, families are brought together and crazy schedules are put aside so that holiday traditions can remain intact. This year, enjoy all of those timeless traditions spent with family even more by creating a festive atmosphere in your home.

Here are some simple ways you can enhance your favorite holiday activities:

Watching holiday movies
Instead of watching your favorite holiday programs in the dark, string up some lights in the living room. Your family only watches these movies once a year, so it’s important to make the night feel even more special! Whether you choose to hang up colored or white lights, they’ll instantly give the room a cheery look.

Enjoying a holiday meal
Enhance a holiday meal by decorating the table to look festive! Depending on what you prefer, you could cover the table with a decorative holiday tablecloth. Or, you can opt for no tablecloth and place a large Pine and Berry Centerpiece in the middle instead. To complete the look, set the table with white plates and red cloth napkins.

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Stock Photo by Sean Locke

Baking cookies
Ah, baking Christmas cookies. Is there really anything better? Nothing comes to mind! Assuming you don’t eat all of the cookie dough (we won’t tell anyone!), you can present the delicious-looking cookies on holiday plates for Santa, or on beautiful glass platters for guests to enjoy.

Decorating the tree
Before hanging ornaments and covering the Christmas tree with tinsel, decorate the rest of the room first. Then, when the room already looks like Christmas, turn on the holiday music and enjoy decorating the tree as the final touch. Decorating the tree with festive décor while listening to music will put your family in the holiday spirit.

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Opening presents
For kids who celebrate Christmas, opening presents is often their favorite part of the holidays. Make these moments even more memorable by making a fire while the present opening commences. It’ll instantly make the room feel cozier and enhance the warm atmosphere of your home.

Try out these ideas to add a little festiveness to your holiday family traditions!

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Shop stress-free this Black Friday by going online

After a relaxing Thanksgiving filled with food, family and long naps, it’s hard to take on the chaos that is Black Friday. Sure, many stores on Black Friday offer great deals so you can save money, but trying to shop amidst the hustle and bustle isn’t exactly stress-free. This year, save yourself the hassle and do your Black Friday shopping online! Many online retailers now offer Black Friday deals that you can take advantage of without leaving your home.

Here are just five reasons why you should consider shopping online this Black Friday:

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1. More family time: Wouldn’t it be nice to spend an extra day at home with the family? Even though you might want to be at home, it’s easy to get pulled away in order to find great gifts for family and friends. This year, you can start your holiday shopping and spend time with your family by going online.

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2. No bad traffic: Thanks to online shopping, not only will you avoid bad traffic, but you don’t have to deal with traffic at all! No more stop-and-go traffic all the way to the mall or sitting in your vehicle trying to get out of the parking lot.

3. No lines or crowds: One of the most anxiety-ridden aspects of Black Friday shopping are the lines and the crowds. It’s almost impossible to even shop! With e-commerce sites, you don’t have to avoid running into people to get great deals. You can just stay in the comfort of your home, curled up in your nice warm pajamas.

4. Home delivery: Since Black Friday shopping is all about deals and saving money, many people use this opportunity to buy the big stuff, like TVs or furniture. Rather than carrying all of these large items out to your car, you can buy them online to be delivered right to your home. No heavy lifting required! Keep in mind, that shipping (and very often no taxes is often included in this convenient method – yeah!

5. Competitive shopping: If you could, wouldn’t you like to know you’re getting the best deal possible? Well, with online shopping you can! All you have to do is pull up different retailer’s sites and compare their prices. Sure beats going back and forth between stores!
Enjoy your Black Friday this year and shop great deals online!

There is one final note that is worth mentioning – several e-commerce sites offer giveaways as an enticement. Getting something for nothing, plus the other benefits mentioned is worth altering what may be tradition.  Make sure you look at this for an option as you complete your Christmas gift giving lists.

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Give your Mailbox a Festive Look!

The holidays are nicknamed “the most wonderful time of the year” for a reason! With the music, the celebrations and of course the food, the holidays just have a way of making a person more cheerful. And if you’re like us here at Bellacor, you love decorating to celebrate this fun-filled holiday!

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While you might have already covered every inch of your house with holiday décor, you may have overlooked the poor, plain-looking mailbox. Whether you have a mailbox attached to a post, or a smaller mailbox just attached the side of your house, there are plenty of ways to make it look festive. Just try some of these ideas!

Spray with fake snow

let-it-snow-in-a-can-12000563-0-1374157078000Now your mailbox can always have that pretty look that comes after a fresh snowfall. All you have to do is spray the top of your mailbox with a can of fake snow! For that final touch, add a big, red ribbon either on the side of the mailbox, or right on top. This is an easy décor idea to quickly turn your boring mailbox into a holiday display.

 

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Accessorize with a garland

Nothing says Christmas quite like festive greenery. Share the holiday spirit by draping a fir garland on top of your mailbox or wrap some around the post. You can even add some fake red berries, or once again use red ribbon to complete the look.

If you are setting greenery on top of your mailbox, make sure it doesn’t cover the front so it’s not difficult for the mailman to open the door.

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If you have a smaller mailbox that is attached to the house, adding garland or large ribbons can be tricky. Instead, try painting the mailbox with outdoor-weather paint and stick on a small Christmas bow. If you really want to get creative, you can even stencil a cute holiday design like a snowman or Santa Claus. You can even purchase a colored mailbox if you want to change it out for the holidays.

 

Make every part of your home festive this year and turn your mailbox into a holiday display!

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The Perfect Holiday Open House: Decorating Made Easy

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Hosting an open house for the holidays this year? Bellacor can help you get ready! Hosting a holiday open house is a great way to celebrate the magical season with all of your friends and family. Decorating your entire home to look festive, however, can seem like a daunting task — especially if you have a big home or limited time. Lucky for you, the whole house doesn’t need to be decorated! You can lessen the workload and make decorating simple this year by focusing your attention on these three areas:

Front Home Exterior

Welcome guests into your home with festive greenery outside of the house. You can hang up a wreath on the front door, or set up holiday planters on the front porch steps. If the open house is in the evening, consider hanging up a string of lights on the roof or wrap lights around any bushes you might have. Christmas lights instantly present a holiday look.

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Tables

Like most parties, your open house will probably revolve around the food and drinks being served. Decorate the tables where people will be spending most of their time. If you’ve set out larger serving tables, you probably won’t have much room to add any centerpieces. There will probably be too much delicious food! To make the serving table decorative, simply cover it with a festive table cloth and offer guests holiday plates and napkins. Holiday Mug and plate set

Since people will be coming and going throughout the party, you won’t be able to decorate the dining room table with plates and silverware. To keep your table from looking bare, place a large holiday centerpiece or by simply adding some beautiful candles and a candle lantern or holder that you can utilize the rest of the year.

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Living Room

The living room is probably where most people will spend time mingling, so take time to add a few festive décor pieces here and there. You might already have a Christmas tree set up, but you can also decorate table surfaces or hang up lights around the room. Any holiday figurines or holiday plants like poinsettias you have can be brought into the living room! If you have a fireplace, then make a fire! It will instantly make the room cozier.

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Open houses are meant to be fun for everybody! This year, just add a few decorative touches here and there and you’ll be prepared for the perfect open house.

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Getting Ready for Holiday Guests

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The holidays are almost here and you probably know what that means … it’s time to play host! Soon, loved ones will be showing up at your doorstep and your home will be filled with friends and family. Before guests arrive, prepare your home for the holidays with these five decorating tips: 

Set planters by your front door

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This year, you don’t have to struggle with Christmas lights to create a holiday look. Show off the outside of your home with a festive display of planters instead. All you have to do is put an evergreen plant in a decorative planter. Then, set it right next to your front door or on your front porch step for guests to admire.

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 Create a welcoming entryway

 A welcoming environment starts at the entryway. When guests first walk into your home, make sure you have well-lit entryway to greet them. If the entryway seems a bit bare and is lacking allure, hang a Christmas wreath on the wall or the back of the front door.

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Photo Credit: Canarm

Install a chandelier

 Many of the guests staying in your home have probably have seen it already. Give them something new to admire then and surprise them with a new, elegant chandelier. You can replace an old chandelier or hang up a new one in the living room, dining room or whatever room that works!

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Light the fireplace

Who doesn’t love sitting by a nice fire during the holiday season? Having a fireplace instantly makes a room feel cozy and warm. To help make guests feel even more comfortable, set down a soft rug right in front of the fireplace where they can sit.

Decorate the dinner table with festive plates

 Decrease the amount of work you have to do when company is over by decorating the dinner table beforehand. Instead of using your regular dishware, however, decorate the table with festive plates instead. Setting the table with holiday plates will make a big dinner feel even more special.

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 Now that you’re ready for guests to arrive, take a sigh of relief and enjoy the rest of your holiday!

 

Christmas Trees: Real vs. Artificial

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Photo Credit: BHG

With Thanksgiving shortly approaching, Christmas decorations are probably the last thing on your mind. Before you know it, however, the turkey will have been eaten, you’ll be out of your food coma and it will be time to put up your Christmas tree!  The question is then, should you get a real or artificial tree?

 Deciding between a real and artificial Christmas tree is a matter of personal preference. Take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both to decide which is best for you and your home.

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Photo Credit: Cabinsforeveryone

Real

Tradition plays a big role for those who prefer a real Christmas tree. If you spent your childhood picking out a new tree each year, it’s likely that you’ll want to continue the tradition. Others simply like the idea of having a real Christmas tree in their home and love that fresh-pine scent. A real pine tree just instantly makes a room smell like Christmas!

While an evergreen tree might be the “real deal,” there are also several disadvantages for choosing to go this route. Having to buy a new tree each year can get expensive and transporting the tree can be a hassle. Real trees are also messier because pine needles will fall to the ground so you’ll have to vacuum more frequently to keep the area clean.

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Artificial

The biggest disadvantage of having an artificial tree is that it won’t smell like pine needles. However, the benefits of artificial trees solve many of the problems that come with having a real one. Overall, artificial trees are cheaper. While you might have to spend a bigger amount for the tree, you can reuse it every year afterward. They don’t make a mess or require you to do any major hauling. All you have to do is put the tree together!

Another advantage of artificial trees is that there are options. You can get a fake tree that looks real, but you can also choose something that is more unique. There are now many different colors and designs of Christmas trees to choose from, which gives you the opportunity to put some unique touches on your traditional holiday décor.

 

All-in-all, deciding on the right Christmas tree is all part of the Christmas Spirit!  And that is all you truly need!

Vickerman Sky Blue Fir Christmas Tree, Bellacor #:928370

Vickerman Sky Blue Fir Christmas Tree, Bellacor #:928370

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