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8 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Christmas Tree

    • 3. Decorating

    • 4. Christmas Themes

    • 5. Tablescaping

    • 6. Gift Wrapping

    • 7. Demo

    • 8. Conclusion

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About This Class

It's the holiday season, and it's time to turn your place into a festive place for all of your friends and family to enjoy.

In this class you will learn:

-How to choose your Christmas tree
-Christmas color themes
-How to decorate your tree so it's an absolute showstopper
-How to tablescape so you can entertain dinner parties



1. Introduction: Welcome to Holiday Home Interior Design. It's a holiday season and it's time to transform your home into a magical festive ways where you can celebrate the holidays with your closest family and friends. I'm going to show you how to make your tree a showstopper, how to bring the holiday cheer into all of your home, and show some really fun holiday themes to inspire your holiday mood. For your class project, you will be designing a beautiful and festive Christmas tree and uploading a picture for all of us to see. It can be short, tall, fake, real, doesn't really matter. It just needs to show creativity and that you've applied the principles that you've learned in this class. This is my favorite time of the year. I really can't wait to see what you guys come up with and that we could to share this holiday spirit together. Let's go ahead and get started. 2. The Christmas Tree: Typically the focal point in the home during the holiday season is the Christmas tree and all of its glory. The first thing is to decide what kind of tree you want. Here's some of the most commonly used Christmas trees that you can find either as real trees or as artificial. The first is the balsam fir. This is the Christmas tree you see during the opening scene of The Nutcracker. It has a very wide base and can grow to be really tall, so it does well in large-scaled rooms because it really helps fill the space. This can go in a foyer or in a large living room. It's nicknamed the silver pine because the needles are actually two-toned and have shades of silver in it. This tree is a huge statement piece. It's very majestic, bold, and very festive. The second is the Vermont White Spruce. This tree is great for those of you who have smaller square footage because this tree is more narrow and takes up less space. It's still tall though, so it still has a great presence, it's just skinnier. For those of you who need a more compacted tree, the Vermont White Spruce is a great choice. There is my personal favorite, the Nobel fir, and that shouldn't be a surprise because it's the most popular in the Northwest where I'm from. But this tree is the average-sized Christmas tree. It's not as large as the balsam fir, or as narrow as the Vermont White Spruce, so it plays well, with a typical sized home. What I love most about Nobel firs, is the space between the branches. The branches aren't as condensed, so it allows room to place a lot of heavier and larger ornaments, which I intend to like. This is a beautiful, sturdy choice that you can never go wrong with. Now, for those of you who love real Christmas trees, there are three important to-dos, that you need to be aware of when you're caring for your tree. The first step is to find the freshest tree, and you do that by testing the branches. Just bend the branch tips, and if they feel brittle, then you know that you need to keep looking. The branches should be supple and bend easily. Then once you've found the perfect tree, you want to make a fresh cut off at the base of the tree. This is one of the most important steps because that helps the tree absorb the water and stay fresh for a longer period of time. Then once you've placed your tree into a clean stand, you'll want to fill your base with hot water, and that's so the tree can absorb that water more quickly and hydrate right away. You don't need to use hot water every time you water your tree, but just that very first time. Now, if you don't want the maintenance of a live tree, maybe you have naughty cats that like to destroy it because it releases is their instincts like me, don't let that stop you. You can do an artificial tree, or even use wood, a chalkboard, sticks, washi tape, or even good old piles of laundry. Now when you're choosing your tree, the size of your tree is going to inform how much time and money it's going to cost to make it look fully decorated. For every foot of the height of your tree, you will need about 100 lights, nine feet of garland or ribbon, and about 20 ornaments. You also want to make sure that you are choosing a tree that's about six inches lower than the height of your ceiling. You want your tree to feel as tall as possible in your space. 3. Decorating: Now that we've chosen the tree, it's time to decorate it, and the very first step is to choose your decorative base. The purpose of your decorative base is to hide the typical and unflattering tree stand that supports the tree. You'd want to do that no matter if it's an artificial or real tree, because it really adds a lot of character to the tree, and creates this nice grounding element. The only difference is if it's for a real tree, the decorative base will also need to be able to hold water. That's why I love this metal tub because it's super functional and also cute. It holds water and also helps catch all of those dead needles when your tree is dying, so that makes cleanup and upkeep really simple in a breeze. But you can use wood boxes, little baskets and sleds, watertight wood basins, little carts, and woven baskets. You'll just need to make sure that the decorative base is wide enough to hold the tree stand firmly in place. Now, if you don't want to use a decorative base, you can hide the tree stand by using presents or even decorative crates that you can then stack presents on top of. The whole point, again, is really just to add that grounding element that makes it feel festive, and homey, and makes the tree feel more complete. Now that we've chosen our base and have propped up our tree, it's time to light the sucker. There are actually three different techniques you can use to light your tree, and all three are going to give you completely different results. The first and most common is to weave your lights. You'll want to start either at the top or bottom of the tree, and weave the lights up and down in between your branches. This takes the shortest amount of time, but it also gives off the least amount of light. If you want more light, simply weave your lights a second time to give it more shine. The second method is the triangle method. This is where you literally split your tree into three vertical triangular sections, almost like a pie, and then you fill in that space with your lights. This is great when you have someone else to help you because you can each work on different sections at one time. Simply weave your lights back and forth in that pie section from the bottom to the top. This takes a little bit more time but gives off more light than the first method. The last method is called wrapping, and this is where you individually wrap each branch with lights. It's the most time consuming, but it really gives off a lot of full and even lighting to your tree. You'll start at the bottom of your tree and hang the lights in and out along each branch, slowly working your way around the tree. But this will give you the most refined look and fullest looking tree. Now that we have lights, if you want to add ribbon to your tree now would be the time. Just like lights, there's also three really common ways to add ribbon. The first method is where you cascade the ribbon in different sections. For normal-sized trees like the eight or nine footers, the best ribbon to work with is a three-and-a half to four-inch wide with wired edges, because those wires help keep the shape pretty easily. You'll want to work with three-foot-long sections of ribbon, and the goal is to get two toughs. To get this look, you'll first start knotting the end of the ribbon and tying it onto the back of a branch. I actually like to start in the middle of the tree. Then you're going to create your first tough, and then tuck and tough again. The toughs don't need to be the exact same size, but they should be comparable. Notice how I slightly angled the ribbon as it cascades down, and then I'll start repeating that all over the tree going in different directions. Now don't feel like you need to be a perfectionist about this. This is all about just making sure it feels balanced. Now, if you want, you can add in different patterns of ribbon too. The second look is to cascade the ribbon down from the top of the tree all the way to the bottom on multiple sides. To get that curl, you again want to use ribbon with wired edge. All you'll do is simply take a tube, like the one from your wrapping paper and wrap the ribbon as tight as you can around the tube, then press and take off, and now you can stretch it as you want, and then you simply just tie it to the top of the stem. Now we have the third look. Just take your curled ribbon and wrap it down the tree from top to bottom at a slanted angle. Now, if you don't want ribbon, you can always add a banner of some kind that's just as cute and adorable. You can do pendant flags or little banners, either will do just fine. Now we're getting to the fun stuff, ornaments. This is my favorite part of decorating the Christmas tree. The first thing you want to do is decide which color theme you're going to go with. I'm going to show you some really fun Christmas themes in just a little bit that might help you with that decision. But, usually, you can keep it simple. Anywhere from 1-3 colors will be plenty. You want to make sure that you get ornaments in different sizes. Here's an example of large, medium, and small. This is a great example of this. Notice how large these ornaments are. Don't be afraid to get really large-scaled ornaments, they add a lot of drama to your tree, and then they have their medium and small to help fill in all of that negative space. Again, this is a really simple color palette, just red and white, but it's really fun and cute and just really pulls together well. In addition to color and size, you also want to think about shape and texture. Let me show you a great example of a tree that does this really well. Here they have the round ornaments, but they vary in size, color, and pattern. You have the solid green, the plaid, the white, the silver, tons of different textures, which is also great. Then they've added this wood snowflakes, the star, and even a silver bell. But these all go together because they use the same color palette to keep it cohesive. It's basically just neutrals mixed with green, so that's a really easy trick to do. Then they top it off with foliage with these red berries. Foliage is the very last step when you're doing your ornaments, and it's often looked over. But adding foliage to tree gives it a really beautiful and finishing touch because it adds another texture to the pine branches. Here's a second example using pinks, creams, and golds. The flowers are their largest guild ornament. Then they have their medium-size ornament. Then these other flowers as they're small, and then they have their gold foliage, which, again, just adds a sophistication. That is the formula that you'll see on every great tree. Now it's time to add the finishing touch with the topper. These are some of the most common ones. But if you don't want the idea of buying a topper, you can always choose to make your own. Here's a topper made out of two types of foliage, the silver branches and the red berries and then this plaid ribbon. I love this. It's so simple, and it's really not hard to do, and yet it looks really elegant and gives the tree a finishing look. 4. Christmas Themes: Now is the really fun part. This is where we get to look at some color theme that you can use for your Christmas decorations. The first is a Winter Wonderland. For those of you who love bright neutrals, burlap, and silver and gold, then this is the color theme for you. A Winter Wonderland should feel light, full of lushes greenery and natural woods that make you feel like you're literally living in the woods. Consider bringing in materials like pine cones, wreaths, and garland, light for stockings, and then accessorizing with beautiful white candles that will really take your place to a whole other level. Don't feel like you're only limited decorating your Christmas tree. Think about how you want to decorate your dining table or your mantle. Really, nothing is off limits. I mean, isn't this sound ridiculous, but the more Christmas looks like it's thrown up in your home, the more on track you'll be. I'll just say that because I'm a maximum has when it comes to holiday decorating. An easy way is just really to switch at your accessories just by adding a few small trees and garland, some holiday pillows, and some decorative pieces, it will make a huge difference. I love this third image. Just by decorating the bench and hanging the stockings on the stairwell, it makes for such a cute little space. Now let's look at our blue Christmas. This isn't my personal favorite, but I do appreciate that blue velvet, so gorgeous and elegant, and a great example of just how one color works beautifully. I especially love the second image. They've matched that blue velvet and the stockings, and then repeated blue in the painting. These gorgeous blue China vases, which can be used all year round, and then added a beautiful garland with matching blue and silver ornaments. Here's our bedroom. Again just repeating that blue and the lamp, the curtains, the presence in these wreaths, it really pulls the thing cohesively throughout the whole space. What's great about this is that you can leave your accessories year round, like the lamp and the curtains, and then just put in pops of color with the presence wreath and metallic tree when it comes time for Christmas. Then of course we have our beautiful blue Christmas tree and gifts. Now if you're not digging the moody blue, then maybe you'll like moody black or our Nightingale theme. I'm also a huge fan of this color palette. It's very sharp and modern. Basically it's Winter Wonderland in reverse, you're using your greenery, but instead of going mainly white, you're adding dark pops of black, and that makes that greenery pop out. Again, it's all about adding different patterns and textures to pull this off well. In this middle image we have the star, the through, the texture from the basket, the wood, and this black metal tin that hosts this beautiful organic tree to really help soften the space. I love how simple this mantle is. Just repeating those candle sticks in different heights and adding a beautiful garland, and then pulling that black from the fireplace into the frame of the mirror makes it so striking and cohesive against that white. This is a theme where metallics and especially gold to give it a very regal feel. I loved the gold plaid wear and how these metals contrasts nicely with the organic elements like these pine cones. Instead of using a table runner, they've run a garland down the table to pull in some more greenery. It's as beautiful blend of rustic with a contemporary touch of glam. Notice again how they're mixing stripes and plaid in this middle and third image with all the different bows, ribbon, and wrapping paper. Again, pulling in that gold into the ornaments to add some variants. I also love this black sign that fits in so well with this theme and leaves a cute message at the base of the tree. That brings us to candy cane lane, the classic red and white Christmas full of plaid, stripes, and bold color. This is one of the most festive color pallets you can use. The key to pulling this theme off well is to properly mix your patterns and this bed is a great example. You have your solids, your stripes, your mini pattern, and your random pattern. Again, by pulling that red throughout all of them, they remain a family. Of course, because it's the holidays and we'll be expecting family and loved one, we can't forget about entertaining. They're pulling in those fun patterns into all of their tableware and linens. Don't be afraid to mix and match. I love the middle image where they pulled in a fun pop of that Easter Egg Blue for more vintage vibe with those chairs. Then they pull it all together with adding this garland in their light fixture and this festive centerpiece in the middle of the table. This centerpiece is actually something you can easily make. First you place a shallow wood box that runs down your runner on your table. Then you'd place three candles on raised candle sticks inside the box. Then you'll add some garland, with some berries, and then you add in your ornaments. A tip is whenever you have extra ornaments. Use that as fillers in bowls or baskets or your coffee table display, or even in Greece, or even in garlands to add some shine and more color to your space. 5. Tablescaping: Speaking of entertaining, let me show you some quick tips for how you might mix and match, your tableware. The holidays is a great excuse to go all out with tablescaping, whether you're doing a more formal feast, or a cute, little holiday brunch, this is a great way to treat your family and friends. Again, it's all about mixing patterns. Let's look at an example of a really simple, but beautiful place setting. You'll want to start by first choosing your charger. Here's three chargers in different styles. The design of the charger informs how I'll choose the next layer, which is the dinner plate. For the first one, I'm going to go with the clean white symbol plate to offset that busy pattern. For the second, I love the idea of pulling in that red, but with a simple pattern, and then for the third, I'm going to pull in a really bold pattern to offset that solid gold. The idea is to alternate, and to keep adding contrast with each layer. Now it's time to place the third layer with the salad plate. I love the idea of pulling back in that bold red again. For the second plate I'm going to go with a solid white, so that pattern is really just peeking off the edge. I really like this little gold rim around the edge that glams it up. For the third, I'm going to choose a simple white plate to break up those lines. Again, the idea is just to alternate back and forth. This is an example of what a full and properly tablescape setting would look like when it's all put together and complete. But see how full this starts to look once you add your linens, silverware, and name card. If you want to dress it up, a name card, napkins and little favors to put on top of the plate, is always a really fun way to go. You could put a menu with a simple sprig, a piece of fruit, there are tons of ideas you can use for how you might treat your guests. 6. Gift Wrapping: Now I saved the best for last. I swear I've already said this like four times, but it's true. Because it's a season of giving, it wouldn't be complete without talking about gift wrapping. Gift wrapping is a really fun way that you can pull your theme into your space. I would suggest using one of two methods for making your presence look cohesive. Either choose at least two to three different patterns of wrapping paper and then use similar ribbon throughout, or go with one pattern for your wrapping paper and then vary your decorative elements. Either way you will want to consider using ribbon, foliage, string, and tags to dress up your presents. Let's go ahead and look at some examples. These presents would look great in the candy lane theme. Notice how in the first image they're using two different patterns but using the same black ribbon and slightly altering the foliage. It's so simple and of course we love our little Rudolph. Now if you want to go neutral, you can't go wrong with kraft paper. Just adding some greenery and ribbon or even writing directly on the paper will give it such a fun design. These would look great in the winter wonderland theme. Then of course we have our mixed patterns again, an example of our solids, and then a fun idea of using the first letter to whipple gifts. These would look great in the nightingale theme. 7. Demo: Now, I'm going to demo for you how to decorate this little mini tree using all the principles that we just taught throughout this course. Here I have laid out all of the ornaments and decorations I'm going to be using. Here are my large items, we first have these white bells and then these red plaid, and then we have our medium in different textures. We have a glitter and then a [inaudible] and a shiny,and then you have our foliage. We have berries both in sparkle and plain, and then also the flowers, and then these are small ornaments. All this is going to give us a ton of texture and a lot of room to play with when we start decorating the tree. Here I'm going to start placing my largest ornaments first, and you can want to do it like Chinese checkers. Think of how you're going to put things in diagonals. It's okay to put heavy ornaments on the top of the tree as well. Then I'm going to go ahead and place my medium, so I have these little wooden signs to bring in different texture. That's like in-between, I think these are super, super cute, I love these. Then here are medium flowers. I'm just going to place these sporadically. Again, you want to find those empty spaces in the tree. I'm being lazy here and I'm just placing them in. But normally I would wire every ornament to the tree. But this is just to give you a brief show of how to quickly do this. Then the last step would be to add your mini decorations. Again, the idea is not to be perfect here. It's just to place things where you think you can add interests and fill on those holes. Here I'm placing them right next to other ornaments, and it seems like it's kind of chaotic when you're zoomed in like this. But once you reach out, you'll start to see how it all looks really well and put together. Then of course, we have our foliage. This is kind of like the last step you want to add to your tree and it's going to add a lot of interest. I'm just going to start adding foliage in different places all over and then that'll help pull it all together. Then just the finishing touch to add the tree topper. There you go. Here's our finished tree and all of its beauty. So cute. 8. Conclusion: All right friends, that wraps up this holiday season modes. A little thumbnail pun but I can't wait to see your designs and beautiful Christmas trees. Please upload a picture of your holiday tree below for your class project. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly. I'd really be happy to hear from you. Me and the Cow Cats wish you a very happy holidays, and happy decorating.