var hzw_id=4200319;function hzwshow(id,v,delay){var showDiv=document.getElementById(‘hzexpand’+id);if(v){ position=function(element){ var p={x: element.offsetLeft || 0,y:element.offsetTop || 0};while(element=element.offsetParent){ p.x += element.offsetLeft;p.y += element.offsetTop;} return p;};var ref=document.getElementById(‘hzfooter’+id);var p=position(ref);var scrollX=(window.pageXOffset||(document.body.scrollLeft-10)||document.documentElement.scrollLeft);var x=Math.min(Math.max(p.x -(300-ref.offsetWidth)/2 ,scrollX),(window.innerWidth || document.body.clientWidth) + scrollX -300);var root=document.body;root.insertBefore(showDiv,root.firstChild); + ref.offsetHeight + 3) + ‘px’; + ‘px’;} var timeout=window[‘hzwtimeout’+id];if(timeout) clearInterval(timeout);if(delay && !v){ window[‘hzwtimeout’+id]=setTimeout(‘hzwshow(‘+id+’,false,false)’,400);} else{’block’:’none’;} } #hzroot4200319 div {width:100%;}#hzfooter4200319 {line-height:normal;} #hzfooter4200319 a {text-decoration:none;} #hzfooter4200319 a:hover {text-decoration:underline;} #hzexpand4200319 {display:none;width:290px !important;position:absolute;background-color:#222;border:1px solid #888;padding:4px;padding-top:8px;padding-bottom:8px;text-align:left;font-family: arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px;line-height:130%;z-index:100;} #hzexpand4200319 div {color:#eee !important;text-align:left;font-family: arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px;line-height:130%;} #hzexpand4200319 a {color:#ccc !important;text-decoration:none;} #hzexpand4200319 a:hover {text-decoration:underline;} #hzsection4200319 {margin-top:8px;} Ah, the holidays! The warm glow of the Christmas tree lights up your evening. Festive, shiny decorations fill every surface of your home. Then, you face the dreaded tear-down process…

There is a little sadness to putting it all away, but what I think many people neglect to think about is that there are still great ways to *decorate* through the winter months. With many years decorating showrooms and window displays, I’ve learned a few tricks to help *ease* out of the holiday season. Check them out below:

1.Glitz. Silver & Gold. This is a great color scheme to carry you through the New Year & the remainder of a wintery January. So bring out (or leave out) the crystal, silver bowls, etc.

2.Keep the red. No, sorry, the Santas need to go…but look at your decorations, and find items that don’t scream *Christmas* & repurpose them. For example, maybe you have red roses, red lanterns, candles, candle-holders, tray/bowls etc. Red is a very warm color. So, visually it will help you have a toasty space even when it is cold outside. Keeping a red color scheme will carry you through Valentine’s Day.

3.You don’t have to ditch the greenery. Evergreens are just that…forever green. Now, I’m not saying the Christmas tree should stay up, but I do think sprays/sprigs/twigs are an easy way to warm up a space.

4.Chances are you may not have enough of each of these items to spread across the entire house…so just do groupings. While you are putting things away, if you come across something listed above, set them in a pile so that you can work in smaller areas. Create little vignettes with your left over decorations. Maybe you want to do a winter-wonderland mantel, decked out in silver & gold….or perhaps an entryway draped with greenery & creme candles. Have fun looking at your decorations in a new way & try something fresh!
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