We love the idea of being able to decorate for the holidays without having to take everything down once the holiday season is over. We accomplish this by using the seasons colors and lights (and steer clear of buying Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer).
- Incorporate pops of color (think reds, golds, blues and greens). This small entryway rug is fun and bold. Made from recycled T-shirts, it's bound to be a conversation starter that you won't have to store once the holiday season is over.
- The use of mirrors. Anything that helps the room sparkle is great for creating a festive, holiday vibe. Whether you use a mirrored tray or table top, the effect is bright and shiny (not to mention the reflective quality always helps open up a small space).
- Decorate with plants. During the holidays, you can garnish your potted plant with homemade garland and a few ornaments. After the holiday season has passed, your plants will continue to make your home cozy and inviting.
- Display a grouping of vases or glassware. During Christmas, large glass vases can hold pine cones and ornaments. Once spring rolls around, you might want to display fruit or bouquet of fragrant flowers.
- Hang holiday lights. Christmas lights aren't just for trimming the tree. We've seen them displayed in a clear vase or draped on the mantelpiece. When the weather warms up, you can move the string of lights outdoors for the ideal party lighting on the patio.
(Images: 1. Talking Squid, 2. monichelles, 3. (Image: Flickr member Albertas Agejevas licensed for use under Creative Commons)4. stephieD, 5. Party Lighting: For The Bathroom)