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Behind the Scenes at a Holiday House Walk
|You may have already hosted a seasonal gathering or are preparing to welcome family and friends for a Christmas or New Year's celebration -- but have you ever opened your doors to hundreds of strangers seeking festive inspiration from your decor? Across the country, scores of homeowners do just that, often for the benefit of a local cause or charity, as part of a holiday house walk or home tour.
Country Sampler stylist René Haines recently joined their ranks when her home was one of five featured on the Winterfest Holiday Home Tour sponsored by her local chamber of commerce.
She shared some of the clever touches she added to her rooms to convey Christmas cheer to the decorating fans that recently meandered through her home. It took her about a week to prepare for the event, and she says it was a lot of work but well worth it. Luckily, she had the help of fellow stylist Carolynn Geesaman. "It's so much more Christmas than I've ever done," René confides. "It was a big undertaking, but I was able to repurpose a lot of what I already had."
She was pleased with the finished product and relieved to have her decorating done well before she was set to host a Christmas party for 65 family members. We think you'll agree that it turned out beautifully -- you may even pick up a last-minute idea or two to add to this year's decor or file some away for next year.
|• Give a Christmas tree a lush, ample appeal by adding elements such as poinsettia, large pinecones, decorative birds' nests and sprigs of hydrangea in addition to the ornaments, lights and traditional trimmings.|
|• Employ old folding yardsticks as a stand-up display for Christmas cards, either newly received greetings or colorful vintage examples.|
|Credit for All Photos: Photographed by Shane Pequignot and Styled by René Haines and Carolynn Geesaman
For seasonal inspiration all through the year, pick up your copy of the 2019 Country Sampler calendar, which features beautiful photos of country crafts and decor.