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Have a great Thanksgiving in your own home!

So, it is your turn to host dinner for the holidays this year. There is so much to do and so little time. Before you know it, your guest will be knocking on your front door. Here are a few quick and dirty home design holiday party ideas and decorating tips. We also threw in a couple of helpful ways to protect your furniture from damage.

Holiday Decorating Tips

Often times, when people think about home design for the holidays, they think ‘extravagance’. The key to decorating your home is to focus on being authentic. For instance, if you live in a rural area, consider a more traditional interior.

If you have a fireplace in your home, you can decorate your mantel by including greenery, such as natural pine cones and pine tree branches. Then intermingle it with red, blue, silver and gold Christmas ornaments. Purple, gold and silver also gives a festive touch. Many people aren’t waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate their homes this year. It gives your living space a more rustic feel – yet very chic.

Many craft stores sell scented pine cones wrapped in see-through netting. You can place the pine cones into a white porcelain bowl or even a glass bowl and place it on a wooden dining room table or coffee table.

If you live in a big city, such as New York City or Chicago, consider choosing more contemporary home design decorating ideas, especially if you live in an apartment where there is limited space. You can infuse modern decorating ideas with a traditional style. Just because you don’t live in the country, doesn’t mean you can’t steal a few ideas.

For instance, buy a small or midsize natural Christmas pine tree. You can decorate it with garlands and your favorite ornaments. If you don’t want to place your gifts under the tree right away, decorate a few empty shoe boxes with decorative wrapping paper.

Out of Party Ideas?

There are so many ideas to choose from this year. For example, you can host a holiday movie marathon party, Christmas carol karaoke night, etc. The one that tops the list of holiday parties is to host a ‘Trim the Tree’ party. You can invite family and friends to your home to help decorate. This is a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your home and celebrate the holidays.

Furniture Broken? Here’s a Quick Fix Tip

When you invite guests into your home for the holiday’s you can expect wear and tear on your furniture. If your furniture legs become wobbly – don’t panic. Simply tighten the bolt of the legs by tightening up the screws that connect to the furniture base. If that doesn’t work, don’t hesitate in calling a professional furniture repair company.

 

Avoid Water Damage on Wooden Furniture

Whether it’s a wooden coffee table or dining room table, there is nothing more unsightly than water damage left over from wet glasses or liquid from a leaky plate of food. To help prevent damage, prevent spills from remaining on your furniture for a long period of time. As soon as you notice a spill, place a thick clean towel on the stain.

Then use an iron on a low setting and press it over the towel for a few seconds. Make sure the iron is set on “dry”; otherwise, the steam from the iron will develop moisture and cause further damage. Keep repeating this step until you notice that the stain has dissolved. Then use a little cleaning polish and buff the area gently.

A great way to prevent stains is to use decorative holiday place mats. For the coffee table, consider having your guests use coasters.

 

Removing Stains from Upholstery

The best advice that you can take this holiday season is to be prepared. Don’t wait until your guest spills cranberry juice (or red wine) to start thinking about fabric protection. If you can’t get your upholstery cleaned by a professional right way, make sure you clean it immediately. You don’t want stains to settle in because it will be much harder to get cleaned.

Try to use a spot remover on your furniture, such as an upholstery spray. Just keep in mind, upholstery sprays are often not the best for oil and grease stains.

For small stains, try using baby wipes for quick minor fixes. This surprisingly works well because it has a sufficient amount of soap solution to get the stain out.

For coffee stains, add a little water and vinegar with a small amount of dish detergent and dab (don’t rub) the area until the coffee stain is gone.

Well, there you have it, Thanksgiving 2013 decorations and holiday party ideas. Tis the season!