What's your house wearing this Christmas?
To the tune of "Christmas a come mi wan mi llama"
"Chrissmuss a come, mi waan mi wall paint,
Chrissmuss a come, mi want a new drape,
Chrissmuss a come, mi want a new suite,
Chrissmuss a come, wey di money deh fi dweet!"
A festive season - where we all get that warm and fuzzy feeling, where folks are a little nicer and children are oooh so happy. We all look forward to Christmas tree lighting, concerts, carolling and entertaining friends we haven't seen in a while. Christmas decorating is always a staple with the Christmas tree being the centre of attention.
So the house needs its annual fix up; cleaning, painting, landscaping are the order of the day. Maybe getting a new living room or dining set along with curtains are already part of the plan. That's all well and good, if you have a dedicated bank account earmarked 'Christmas Fix Up'. But if you don't, like most of us, then what do you do?
Not to worry, DeZign Diva to the rescue and in the true spirit of "tun you han mek fashin." Here is a guideline for low-budget big impact changes.
HERE'S WHAT YOU DO ...
Poinsettias scream Christmas! So there should be a Poinsettia at your front door or in your entrance foyer.
If painting is in the plan and you are mulling over cost, go to your favourite paint store and ask for 'oops paint'. These are containers of paint that have been mixed incorrectly at a now significantly reduced cost. I guarantee that you will be able to find a colour that you can use. Should the quantities not be enough for an entire space, do an accent wall!
Dress your sofa with festive pillows, go to your favourite fabric store and get a yard or two of holiday dress fabric, like sequins and make pillows!
Get a glue gun and hot glue decorative trim to existing window treatment for an instant WOW!
For an amazing dining table centrepiece: get a table runner, five assorted wine glasses in shape and size, four assorted pillar candles, Christmas tree ornamental balls and cardboard. Cut the cardboard the size of the opening of each of the glasses. Position the runner in the centre of your dining table. Put the Christmas ornaments in the glasses then cover the mouth with the cardboard. Invert the wine glasses and place in the centre of the table on top of the runner. Now, top it off with the pillar candles on what it now the top of the inverted glass. You will not believe the statement that this will make.
How about re-imaging an old dresser? Lightly sand, apply some primer and then spray paint a coordinating colour to your window treatment, bedding or sofa on to the dresser. Wrap the drawers with fabric or spray paint the drawers another colour. Then change the hardware.
Hang ornamental balls from a chandelier with fishing line. Christmas ribbon can be used to wrap doors, adorn pillows and dining chairs.
In the meantime, happy decorating and always have fun while doing it!
• Contributed by Karen Booker is the owner and creative director of Karen Booker Design Group, located on 123 Constant Spring Road, www.karenbookerdesigngroup.com 931-9556.