Does holiday decorating have you stressed out? Don’t fret because we’re here to help. Here are a few tips to keep your holiday decorations from getting the best of you.
Simply Styled – Pick a theme before you start decorating. Do some Pinterest perusing and Tumblr digging for fun and festive ideas. Keep the same style throughout the house so that you can easily move items around, and the space will still feel cohesive.
Color Combinations – If your home is generally neutral and not decor-heavy, you can get away with some interesting color combinations. If your house is already pretty colorful, keeping to a simple color palette will help keep your holiday decor from looking over-the-top.
Child’s Play – If you have kids, you probably cherish their artist creations. Here is their time to shine! The holidays are one of the best times to showcase your child’s festive art. Even though they may not match your theme or coordinate with your color palette, they add a sweet touch to any home.
Bring the Outdoors In – Decorating with natural elements is one way to keep your holiday decor from being too stuffy. It adds a nice rustic touch to any home, and the natural scents of the season are absolutely incredible! There’s nothing like having your whole house smell like a huge pine forest!
DIY It – We obviously love DIYing, and the holidays are the perfect time of year to “do it yourself”. You can save a lot of money by decorating with items that you already have at home! If you love to DIY your decor, don’t forget to go to mjtrim.com for your decorating needs! We have an amazing sale on ribbons, trims, buttons and notions for Cyber Monday, but don’t delay because the offer is only good today!
Remember that these are just suggestions, and if you prefer a different style of decorating, go for it! You may be allergic to pine or prefer to have a rainbow of colors at your holiday table, and these tips may not work for you. Just make sure you’re having fun during the process!
If you would rather spend your money on gifts than decor, here are a few ways to decorate your house for the holidays without having to break the bank! All of these DIYs are easy to create, and will leave your guests impressed.
This dazzling wreath by the 36th Avenue is the perfect addition to any doorway. You would think wrapping a wreath in one style of ribbon might look a little boring, but that’s obviously not the case when using a ribbon coated in glitter!
This rustic Christmas star is unassuming and quaint. It’s ideal for those who subscribe to the theory that less is more.
Some people use a limited color palette for the holidays: red and green, gold and silver, blue and white. If you don’t like limiting yourself to only two or three colors, take a look at the tutorial above to learn how to dye bottle brush trees!
We love the bold pop of color on this disassembled menorah by Confetti Pop, and the assorted color blocking patterns create a mix-and-match look!
Make your holidays sweet with a gingerbread centerpiece, and try thinking outside of the house. This Eiffel Tower centerpiece from Hanielas is simple, elegant and romantic. Perfect for a pair of Francophiles celebrating the season!
From wreaths to ornaments, this is the most decor heavy season of the year! What’s your holiday decoration strategy?
Thanksgiving is over which means it’s time to dress your house for winter holidays! Take a peak at some of our favorite home decor looks for the holiday season.
These loose-hanging decorations keep the holidays from looking too overdone. If you prefer the no-fuss approach to decorating, this may be the look for you! It’s both rustic and relaxed.
Don’t have space to spare? Make decorating for the holidays easy and clutter-free with this innovative solution to cramped living quarters.
These pillar candles bring the Festival of Lights front and center. Keep the rest of your decor simple with blue and silver accents.
We love this festive and richly colored doorway. It’s the perfect way to get your guests in the holiday spirit before even walking through the door.
Sometimes less is more. The gold cone trees add a festive touch to an otherwise monochromatic space.
What’s your preferred look for the holiday season? Do you prefer bright and bold, or simple and understated?
We love the look of gold and black for the holiday season. There’s just something about the combination of those two colors that screams glamour and drama. Here are some photos to turn your creative gears when planning your holiday festivities.
This incredible table almost looks like a bunch of clustered ornaments. It’s definitely on our holiday wish list.
This holiday place setting is perfect for a fun and festive evening. The confetti adds a whimsical touch to this metallic setup.
Adding an accent color like purple and fun chevron stripes adds some playfulness to these Art Deco invitations. We love these cards from Minted!
These black candles add a dramatic flair to a holiday dinner table. The gold detailing keeps them from looking too macabre, and perfect for a luxurious holiday gathering.
We love the look of this metallic ornament wreath from Bliss at Home! The black ribbon adds an elegant touch, and we think that a thick black velvet ribbon would provide a great contrast in texture.
Buttons are one of the most functional and fashionable ways to upgrade your outfit. There are so many styles out there from the thick jacket button, to the fragile, fabric-covered buttons used on wedding dresses. We are completely inspired by these fashionable fasteners, and below are some reasons why we think you should be too!
We love a good military jacket or blazer when the weather starts to turn from mild to cold, and the buttons on these pieces are what make them so amazing!
When it comes to wedding dresses, I think we can all agree that the look of a line of buttons running along the back of a dress is simply breathtaking. Brides have been adorning their beautiful dresses with buttons for ages, but now some have even scrapped the floral bouquet in favor of a button bouquet!
Artist Ran Hwang uses buttons, pins and other fashion findings to create these massive murals. We can only wonder what she would make if she stepped foot into M&J!
Who says buttons can’t make their way into home decor? Definitely not us! This button globe is out of this world! Using a lot of colored buttons for DIYs can make them look whimsical and kid-like. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated button DIY, use a range of colors from the same family.
At M&J we have a button for every need. Whether it’s for fashion, home decor or an expansive art installation, we’ve got you covered. Literally.
We’re heading into party season people! If you’re stuck on what to get the host of your next party, what about some one-of-a-kind napkin rings? Here are two ways to spruce them up, and personalize them for your gracious host!
First we have a beautiful silver napkin ring featuring a bold button accent!
What You’ll Need:
Metallic Lace #35269
Metallic Lace #36873
Needle and Thread
1. Place the thinner lace trim on top of the thicker lace trim.
2. Wrap the metallic lace around your napkin for sizing, and cut off any excess.
3. Sew together the lace ends.
4. Take your rhinestone button, and sew it into the center. Make sure your seam is in the back!
Voila! You have a silver napkin ring that is fit for royalty!
The next napkin ring is more simple, but just as exquisite! It features gold lace with gorgeous rhinestone accents!
What You’ll Need:
Fine Metallic Lace #56482
Light Colorado Topaz SS30 Flatback
Needle and Thread
1. Wrap your metallic lace around your napkin for sizing.
2. Cut to the proper length.
3. Sew the ends of the metallic lace together.
4. Glue flatback rhinestones into the center of the circle designs on your lace trim.
We love the pattern on this lace, and the addition of rhinestones make the circles look like tiny suns! How cute is that?
What’s YOUR party decor style? Do you like rich extravagant details, or do you prefer the understated approach? Let us know below!
While we love decorating for Halloween, all good things must come to an end, even a roll of fabulous vintage jacquard ribbon. Now that the holiday is over, it’s time to replace some of those ghoulish gourds and creepy creations with bright and warm fall decor. Here are a few of our favorite DIYs for autumn!
Ring of Fire
You’re probably thinking you’ve seen one wreath, you’ve seen them all. Well this one really caught our eye. It captures the colors of fall beautifully, and we love those bright Chinese lanterns! It’s easy to make with the instructions on the Better Homes and Gardens website.
This jute and lace vase is just as cute as it was when we made it last year as a host or hostess gift. Fill it with sprigs of autumn leaves to really embrace the season!
Why shouldn’t bowls be seasonal and stylish? This fall leaf bowl from Shelterness is a great for holding treats, or as a catchall for keys. It also makes a great gift!
What a Hoot
Are you an avian aficionado? Make one of these cute little owls from A Beautiful Mess. Even a bird brain could do it!
Brown Bag Bouquet
These beautiful brown flowers are made using an unlikely source: paper bags! Visit A Place for Us to find out how to make these thrifty and rustic fall decorations!
We hope we’ve inspired you to create some new decorations for the season! If you have any great ideas for fall decor that you think we would love, share them down below!
Lace has this fantastic way of making anything it touches instantly lovely and feminine. Lace is often used in the DIY world because of its versatility and ease of use. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use this delicate trim in both fashion and home decor!
Save this DIY for summer because, while shorts season is a long time from now, we guarantee you’ll want to be wearing these DIY lace shorts from Sincerely, Kinsey.
Why leave lace to just the fashion world? Martha Stewart shows us some great ways to use lace in the home, from throw pillows to coffee cups!
Oh hey guys. No big deal, but we think we just found the most awesome thing on the internet. These princess crowns made of lace are perfect for your daughter’s next tea party, or just a night of watching Netflix. Make one for yourself, and be a princess whenever you want. We won’t judge you.
This tangerine dress was a mere shell of its current self before the addition of lace. Whip out your sewing machines because this is one DIY you DON’T want to skip. It’s relatively easy to replicate using any type of lace. We recommend a Venise!
Oxfords are usually a very neutral and plain affair, but we are never satisfied with plain at M&J Trimming! Check out our oxford DIY, and take your oxfords to new territory by adding two of our favorite things: lace and neon.
Do you love lace as much as we do? Do you prefer it in home decor, fashion, or relegate it to the “unmentionables” drawer? Let us know in the comments!
When you hear the word “goth”, what springs to mind? Is it a dark and dreary image full of cobwebs and bats? Well, you’re only getting an eighth of the picture. Goth can actually be used to describe anything spanning from architecture to literature! When we hear the word goth we think of rich heavy velvet, delicate black lace, and intricate and ornate design. See why below, and get inspired by this dark and decadent style!
The beautiful details on this cathedral are reason enough to go to church! There are so many things to look at that we’re sure you’d find something new each time you took a look.
Not everything that’s gothic has to be black, right? The mismatched bedding creates a sense of cluttered comfort in the room, and some of those throw pillows look like easy DIYs!
Check out how beautiful this leather chair is! The shine of the black makes the detailing even more dramatic.
The Modern Goth
This modern take on goth decor uses a more subtle approach to the style. The furniture is simple, while the lighting and bookshelves add some drama to the room.
The sculptor who creates these beautiful flowers makes them out of tiny bones! Definitely creepy, but also kind of cool, right?
Looking to goth-ify some of YOUR home decor? Check out our beautiful selection of lace and fringe to amplify the drama!
Ok, so you’ve probably heard about dip dyeing. The technique has been around for ages, but it’s picked up a lot of steam in the past few years with the resurgence of the DIY movement. We actually LOVE to dip dye at M&J, and one of our upcoming Halloween DIYs features the method! But since we’re holding the Trick or Trims RIT Dye Giveaway, we thought you might need a few more dyeing options with all of that RIT Liquid Dye you might receive. Here are a few of our favorites.
These tie-dye jeans by SwellMayde are awesome! She used a sponging technique to get that abstract pattern. We wonder what this would look like using greens and taupes. Tie-dye camo anyone?
Want to know how to get a yellow this bright? Look in your spice drawer! Turmeric, and other natural items, were used to dye these clothes. Just make sure to wash them thoroughly after dyeing. Your nose might not be able to handle it otherwise!
This is a quick tie-dyeing fix for hippies on the go! Marlena from Rookie Mag
made this t-shirt with a couple of Sharpie markers. We call shenanigans because this looks way too cool to take only a few minutes and some Sharpie markers.
Shibori, the dyeing technique used in Honestly WTF’s
dyeing tutorial, is an oldie but a goodie. But it’s like a REAL oldie. This method dates back to 8th century Japan. Some things never go out of style.
Sometimes it isn’t the dye that makes something fantastic, it’s the LACK of dye. This awesome wall hanging uses the batik method to create the negative space image above. Kelli Murray
gives some great tips for those foraying into batik!
Have you used any of these methods before? Let us know which ones and what the results were below! And if you haven’t entered our Trick or Trims RIT Dye Giveaway
yet, what are you waiting for?!