Category Archives: Seasonal Decorating


Another long day of decking the halls, this time for our favorite holiday clients in Lake Barrington.  This was our fifth year in a row helping bring holiday cheer to this home.  And while everything was familiar, it felt brand new since we were decorating around everyday decor we helped update earlier in the year.  With a different backdrop, the same holiday decor from previous years somehow felt fresh and new.

Our focus for change in holiday decor this year was the new ‘family’ tree in the renovated basement.  Building on the whimsical style and cranberry reds & bright chartreuse greens from previous years, we added new polka dot ribbon and ornaments to the miscellaneous collected ornaments. (TIP- Since collected ornaments are all over the board in style and color, filling in with solid ornaments complimenting your theme helps unify the tree and still showcase your treasured family ornaments!)  Topping it all off, we capped the tree with a pair of new glittery elves boots.  How Fun!

With our last holiday home behind us for the Season, there might be hope for finally washing off all the glitter til next November.  Well, one can hope anyway!



Between now and Christmas, your seasonal home decor changes probably more than any other time of year.  Other than a few things in the Spring (aka Easter) or the 4th of July, seasonal decor generally doesn’t change much during the summer months.  Who has time to change up this kinda stuff with the kids out of school and vacations, right?

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I love decorating for Fall!  Even better, it’s so easy to transition from Fall to Halloween and from Halloween to Thanksgiving without much effort.

Fall for most means colorful leaves, dried grasses, pumpkins, gourds, straw, corn and anything end of Summer.  Creating vignettes in your home with these natural items in mid to late September sets the stage for October and November holidays.

I’ve been known to say, “It’s not done ’til it’s overdone!”  But, with our ever-busier lives, I find we are all looking for ways to simplify both in terms of work and in terms of household accessories.  Less is best is faster, simpler and easier to clean around for any Season!

Adding seasonal touches in key areas will accomplish the same thing as decking the entire house with Fall decor.  Trying creating small displays of Fall in key focal areas like front doors and foyers, mantels and hearths and dining room tables.  Other areas for small touches of Fall can be a console or coffee table and the powder room counter.

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Fall leaves and florals soften any accessories you might add and change throughout the Season.  Add those first!   Then nestle in your favorite “accessories” like gourds, pumpkins, Indian corn, small bales of hay, a vase filled with apples or nuts, candles and more. This list is practically endless.

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Early to mid-October, change out your Fall accessories with spookier touches for Halloween.  Pumpkins and gourds become Jack-o-lanterns, spiders, bones, bats, black cats, owls and tombstones fit the bill.  Adding touches of black with candles, florals and accessories immediately adds a more somber tone to your Fall decor.


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And, after the last trick-or-treater has rung the doorbell, it’s time to transition for Thanksgiving.

You can probably bring back a few of your previous harvest accessories and then add things associated with giving thanks. Cornucopias, pilgrims & indians and such play up the traditions in your decor for this special family time of year.

With a few simple changes, your Fall decor can transform so you’re ready for each holiday without having to reinvent the wheel.  With roughly 30 days between each, you’ll have time to enjoy each look before it’s time to tear it all down to make room for Christmas and Hanukkah.

We’d love to see your Fall vignettes.  Consider sharing some on our Facebook page: (

Happy Autumnal Equinox from Decor Designs!  815-245-2433








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A couple of years ago in December, we blogged a series called “The 12 Days of Jolly Decor”.  Since we are already a third of the way into our countdown to Christmas, I thought these short tips might still come in handy as you prepare to welcome family and friends to celebrate this festive time of year.

From tremendous trees to gorgeous garlands, mantle makeovers to terrific table-scapes, beautiful boxes to beauteous bows, I hope you enjoy these great ideas.  Get ready for a veritable Bacchanalia of holiday delights.  Click this link to our December 2014 Archives for:   Twelve Days of Jolly Decor  You’ll have to scroll to the bottom to get them in order.  Or just pick and choose the ones that look the best for you!

Whatever traditions you celebrate, wishing you the Happiest of Holidays from Decor Designs!




The holidays are upon us!  No doubt, you’ve been busy the last week or so decking your own halls or at least planning your attack.  Family gatherings, lavish meals and festive decorations give us the warm and fuzzies this wonderful time of year.  While these traditions bring back special memories, it’s very easy to get in a rut when decorating for these special times of year.  You know what I’m talking about.  The tree goes here, the stockings go there and on and on!

Luckily, the principals of Redesign come to the rescue and work just us well this time of year!  Reusing, repurposing and restyling your cherished decorations in new and unexpected ways, you’ll ensure each holiday season stands out from the others.  Every year, we’re lucky to join in the celebrations of a few clients by showing them new and different ways to reuse their favorite holiday keepsakes, while introducing exciting new ones.

If you’ve followed us over the years, you’ll probably recognize some of these rooms and decorations.  To prove my point, take a look at some of the ways we were able to put a fresh spin on these client’s holiday decor.  I know our creations are sure to bring joy and warmth to all who gather in these beautiful homes:

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Nothing gives us more joy than sharing in the celebrations of our clients and friends.  Honoring wonderful family traditions by reusing and repurposing decorations to create a fresh, new holiday look makes this time of year all the more magical.  By helping bring joy to a few homes each year, we get to share our own special brand of Christmas cheer.

Happy Decorating and Happy Ho Ho Holidays from Decor Designs.


I’ll admit I love this time of year; one of my favorite seasons for outdoor activities and indoor decorating!

Crisp air, sunny days and the smell of falling leaves put me in the mood for all things Fall.  From hayrides to corn mazes, from changing leaves to gourds and pumpkins, from sitting around fire pits with friends to enjoying soups and stews, everything about this time of year screams hearth and home.



Here in the Chicago area, we’re seeing the leaves turn, the harvest mums are in full bloom and the thistle and grasses have gone to seed.   All are sure signs that snow will be flying before we’re ready for it.

Fall accents blend with every design style. And those same fall touches, with just a few tweaks, are easily updated over the next several months for the fall holidays.  With fall leaves, dried grasses, harvest fruits and veggies as a base, it’s easy to add accents for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Harvest time coincides perfectly with bringing the outdoors inside in your decor.   Inspiration for your fall decor is as close as your back yard.  Take a look around at all the things mother nature has to offer this time of year and incorporate some of them into your decor.  Warm colors and natural, organic abundance are the perfect backdrop for your fall decor.

And the best part of all, by adding seasonal accents, you get a whole new look for your home without breaking a summer sweat.

Happy Fall Decorating from Decor Designs!


What colors work best for holiday decorating?

Your holiday color palette is only limited by your personal taste. While red & green or silver & gold themes are classic, you can always shake things up a bit by picking variations of these traditional colors. Try chartreuse or olive green mixed with traditional red or perhaps use copper and bronze accents instead of silver & gold. Pick a favorite wrapping paper, stocking, tree skirt or ornament and build your color story around it. Adding a neutral third color like cream or bronze will unify and balance other non-traditional, contrasting colors.

What items scream holiday spirit while still being tasteful? 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.   While some prefer a more subdued holiday décor, others will subscribe to the notion that “it’s not done ‘til it’s overdone!” Anything you associate with holidays can be used for decoration but keep in mind that tasteful decorating is usually purposeful and limited. Otherwise, it becomes visual clutter!

What are some easy ways to decorate for the holidays? 

Tuck ornaments, holiday figurines, greenery and floral picks into bookcases and curios. A large ornament on a shelf, or a cluster of berries and a poinsettia blossom beside books is all the “holiday” you may need in those overlooked spaces.

Fill glass bowls and vases with bows, ornaments, cranberries, candy canes, cinnamon sticks or anything else you associate with the holiday.

Adding more candles and candleholders are an easy way to embellish your decor for the holidays.

What are some economical ways to decorate for the holidays?

Repurposing things that aren’t necessarily associated with the holidays is a great way to stretch your decorating budget. Empty boxes wrapped with holiday paper, cake stands as pedestals for decorations, Mason jars as tea light holders, fireplace logs bundled with bright red ribbon, pine cones sprinkled with glitter, a martini glass filled with peppermints, or old scarves used as table runners all make the most of what you already own.

Any suggestions for the outside of your home? 

While lights on every bush and eave are beautiful from the street, don’t forget to pay particular attention to the front door. Greet family and friends by guiding them to your front door with holiday décor suitable for the outdoors…. A doorway surrounded by flower pots or urns filled with evergreens & berry sprays, draped with garlands and wreaths, weather proof ornaments, large lanterns, vintage sleds, birch branches and more make a beautiful statement of welcome well into winter.

What are ways for folks to decorate when they know the decorations aren’t coming down until after the new year?

If you enjoy leaving your holiday decorations up into the New Year, consider decorating with more of a wintertime theme and avoid colors traditionally associated with Christmas. Snowflakes, icicles, birch logs, evergreens, pinecones and the like will last well into the New Year without looking left over.

If you could splurge on one or two decorating items, what would they be?

Splurge on large “statement” accessories for the holidays rather than wasting money on lots of small ones.   Whether a large decorative tree, Santa, reindeer, sleigh, lantern, footed tree topper or mercury glass vase etc… One or two large seasonal accessories on a sideboard, console, mantel or tabletop can be embellished with fresh evergreens, berries, pinecones and ribbons for a beautiful holiday focal point.

What about “decorating” with music or scents?

While the holidays are filled with many sights and sounds, the sense of smell triggers strong emotional responses and memories. Why not “decorate” with some of the smells people associate with the Season? Simmer a pot filled with a quart of water, an orange peel, a teaspoon of cloves, a handful of dark raisins and an ounce of fresh cinnamon sticks on the stove. Your home will fill with an wonderful, all-natural aroma superior to any canned spray or potpourri!

Do you have anything else to add?

The key to a more professionally decorated look for the holidays, always buy more of whatever decoration you’ll be using than you think you’ll need. In other words, don’t buy one poinsettia or one strand of garland and try to make it work for the entire house. From florals and picks to ornaments, always buy dozens rather than singles for a more festive, professional look. Doubling or tripling inexpensive garlands on staircases and mantels will result in fuller, richer look as well.



This seems to be the year for non-traditional holiday decor. I thought I was on to something original until I saw an article in HGTV magazine with several punchy color combos that are hot this Season. So much for being unique! But, maybe that’s the reason I haven’t had any trouble convincing my clients it’s ok to stray from the traditional reds & greens to show some individuality.





















We’ve done holiday decorating for today’s home in Cary, IL for several years. And while it’s a huge compliment to be invited back year after year, repeat clients present an obvious challenge. How to reinvent the look each year while using the same decorations to make it look new and fresh.



Since this particular client has developed a “black” fetish of late, It was an obvious add to incorporate some into the look this year. New black ornaments woven into the garlands & centerpieces and filling containers along with a few new accessories added a punch of the unexpected to the chartreuse and white of previous years.

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While it’s easy to dream of a white Christmas. I think it’s safe to say that black might be dream-worthy as well. Happy Holiday Decorating from Decor


Halloween celebrations are almost here.  And while everyone enjoys a good scare this time of year, decorating for All Hallows’ Eve should be anything but frightful.  Making a few simple changes to your existing fall decor can make decorating for Halloween as easy as fall-ing off a log.  By combining traditional elements in warm, dark colors associated with fall and Halloween, you can create an elegant look that is sure to be Goblin-approved!

Garlands on staircases, for example, are a great way to add texture, color and visual interest any time of year.  Fall leaf garlands are readily available at most hobby and craft stores and chances are you already have a few strands.  Mixing them with black “evergreen” garland (also from hobby stores) gives the leaves a slightly more sinister look.  I always double up inexpensive garlands to add bulk for a richer look.

You can save a little money and switch things up a bit by swaging garlands only at the newel posts.  Adding picks of beaded gourds and nuts along with sprays of berries adds another dimension to your garlands.  And finally, hand-made bows of fall ribbon finish the look.

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Your tabletop centerpiece is another easy place to transform fall into something spook-tacular for Halloween.  This fall centerpiece takes on an entirely new personality by replacing the vase of green apples with one filled with black sand and a skeleton hand.  Black spiders made with pipe cleaners and poms (Google for instructions on how to make) & silk webbing add whimsy.  A black candelabra, “boo” sign and a few more bones complete the transformation.

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Don’t let decorating for Halloween scare you!   It’s easier than you might think.  Put your hard work to work for you and transform your fall decor for Halloween with a few simple changes.

Happy Halloween from Decor Designs.  815-245-2433.


Fall Table


Fall has arrived in Illinois and much of the country.  After a busy summer of kids, vacations and travel, fall is all about bringing family and friends back together to celebrate cooler temperatures with coziness and comfort.  Why not surround your loved ones with a home decorated as if it could give hugs?

Look no further than Mother Nature for your fall decor inspiration.  Harvest colors of yellow, brown, red, gold and orange are a no brainer.  These colorful accents blend well with almost any design style.  Warm colors and natural, organic abundance are the perfect backdrop for everything fall.  Fall leaves, dried grasses, harvested fruits and veggies serve as a wonderful base for a season that centers around food and feasting.

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Successful fall embellishments focus on nature.  Whether harvested from your yard or purchased in a store, choose accessories that are made of natural elements.  Woven baskets, terra cotta pots, aged wood benches play well with harvest tools & antiques.  Or mix pine cones and gourds with glass owls, ceramic pumpkins, potpourri or tree branches.

Fall Time

Fall touches, with just a few tweaks, transition easily over the next several months into the fall holidays.   Add spooky spiders, bones, and skulls and it’s suddenly Halloween.  Or mix in turkeys, cornucopias and top hats and you’re ready for Thanksgiving.

Of all the seasons, fall gives you the biggest opportunity to create a comfy, cozy nest for your family with the fewest rules.  Let your home wrap you in warmth this season and enjoy everything harvest in your decor.  Happy Autumn Decorating from Decor Designs!