BeFunky_Christmas.jpgI scoured the internet looking for ways to begin decorating for Christmas. What I found was… (trying to be a glass half full girl here) horrifying!

Make your own paper snowflake was the highlight. When I got to making a snowman out of a gourd, I stopped.

I contacted an expert. Terri owns TLK Interiors and has decked out her own home for years.

“When we had our bigger house, I used to go over the top,” said Terri. “I would have two or three trees with different themes.”

Terri knows that couples just starting out can have the challenge of cash and space. Or, maybe like me, you don’t have a dual income.

“You don’t have to spend a lot of money and you can do some things that you don’t have to keep… like the old fashion stringing popcorn and stringing cranberries.”

That can also help newlyweds and people starting over who don’t have a lot of storage. Start with one special piece a year.

“It’s those special pieces that are important. And then as time goes on and you get into a bigger place then you just add to that collection.”

Terri recently downsized to a smaller home, but in the bigger house she figured out one of the biggest dilemmas of all in several rooms. Where do you put the tree?

She says, of course, it’s nice to have it by the window, but that’s not always possible. You may need to move a piece of furniture to another room. If you want to really think outside the box, move the Christmas tree to another room.

“This year we did things a little different at my house. I’ve got my tree in the foyer because we had just re-done the living room.”

Terri just got her living room put together and wanted to enjoy the new décor. The foyer opens up to the family room, so it was the next best option.

If you don’t have a large foyer think about the dining room. Or… you could do what Terri’s sister did this year.

“They just decided they were just going to set it up in the bedroom and why not?”


Her sister didn’t have a good spot in the living room and couldn’t move furniture around with her arm in a cast.

“The first thing my sister said to my brother was, ‘Terri is going to have a fit with this’ (laughter).”

Plus, if your kids are as sneaky and me and my brother, the presents may be safer under your watchful eye.

Click HERE to listen to Terri describe how she gets to whole family involved in unpacking Christmas decorations. Plus, she talks about the trend in outside Christmas lights.

You can also add inexpensive smaller details in the other rooms… guest towels in the bathroom, candles and greenery.

My favorite way to set the mood is a scent like Noel from Crabtree and Evelyn.

Here’s another dilemma for the die-hard decorators who want everything to match.

The accent wall in Terri’s living room is orange.

“I found some orange Christmas tree ornaments, so we mix that with gold and it really does work.”

The year after Terri and her husband downsized to a smaller home, that created a new dilemma. Where do you put the ornaments your children made if you want a tree with a theme? She puts the special pieces from her children on the mantel.

“I can keep that look, but I also get to indulge in nostalgia and everybody gets to have their memory pieces. And that’s what it’s all about family and getting together and the warmth of the season.”

Click HERE for a great article on 16 DIY Christmas decorations.

“The best piece of advice is don’t take it all too serious. It doesn’t have to be perfect.”

BeFunky_My-Tree.jpgNow…. I have to admit being a little bit of a hypocrite here.

This is the first year after I inherited our family Christmas decor from my mother.

I got as far as pulling out the fake tree and plugging in the lights (which didn’t work.

The picture to the left is my living room.

My mirror kinda looks holiday-ish? Maybe.

Click HERE to learn pros and cons of buying a real vs. fake Christmas tree.


Check out my aunt’s Christmas decor below:

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