This fall and winter, set aside the stress and enjoy all the wonders the season has to offer by whittling down your to-do list and saving where you can while still creating the ideal holiday home. Just in time for the holidays, Hunter Douglas, the leading name in custom window fashions, has launched the Celebrate the Season rebate promotion, so you can enjoy significant savings as you spruce up your décor in preparation for entertaining family and friends. In celebration of the promotion, which has ended, Hunter Douglas shared some tips for me to share with you all.
Simplify by Setting a Theme
Rather than overextending yourself to incorporate every aspect of the holidays into your decor, choose a color scheme that simplifies decorating, creates the largest impact and saves. Whether red and white or blue and silver, incorporate the palette into everything such as floral arrangements, window dressings, lights, ornaments and wreaths. Choose a flexible and timeless combination that blends well with the home to reuse decorations each year in order to conserve expenses.
Create Affordable All-Around Ambiance*
The popular phrase, “People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” by author and poet Maya Angelou also holds true for entertaining. Rather than simply focusing on the logistics of sending out invitations and setting the menu, also give some thought to creating a welcoming and warm ambiance. One of the most important ways to achieve this is with lighting – candlelight, holiday lights and window fashions that make the most of natural light as the days grow shorter. Hunter Douglas Silhouette® shadings with the Signature S-Vane(tm) have a patented design that softens harsh sunlight as it enters a home while drawing it deeper into the room. They also offer view-through and protection from UV rays.
Easily Incorporate Childhood Favorites
In colder weather children often spend more time playing inside than out. With a house chock full of family, friends and little ones running around, it is important to offer festive activities for all to enjoy. Assign an adult to supervise and have children help adorn the home with holiday cheer. Set out art supplies to create ornaments, wreaths or even a homemade decorative table runner. With a fun-filled house, also be sure to watch for safety. Window treatment cords can be hazardous, Look for cordless options like the Hunter Douglas LiteRise® lifting system that allows shades or blinds to be raised or lowered with a touch on the bottom rail.
Set Limits and Ask for Help
Just as with choosing a holiday décor theme, narrow down your budget and time allowance and ask for help where you need it most. For budgeting, set per-person limits on gifts and stick to them. Setting a price max will also limit your options on what to purchase and thus make decision-making easier. When entertaining with little time to prepare, assign duties and chores to your spouse, friends or children, ask guests to bring side dishes while you prepare the main course and if you are still stressed with all there is to arrange, rather than feel overwhelmed, turn the household holiday prep work into a party. Invite a friend or two over for a baking, decorating or gift-wrapping social so everyone can cross off items on the to-do list while still having fun.
*Certain window dressings not only warm up the atmosphere, but the temperature as well. Try highly insulating Duette® Architella® shades with their air-trapping honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction. They add style to the setting while conserving energy and helping to reduce utility costs. And, they’re the first and only window shades without add-on insulation systems to qualify for Federal Tax Credits for energy-efficient products. These credits are available for 10 percent of the cost of most Duette Architella shades, up to a maximum of $500 in total, when purchased and installed through December 31, 2011, More information on the tax credit is available at hunterdouglas.com/taxcredit.
No matter what your budget or however much you have to do, with these tips it is easier than ever to save time, money and energy while making your home a warm and welcoming retreat for family and friends. More information is available online at www.hunterdouglas.com or toll-free at 1-800-274-2985.