It’s Time to Be Crafty with Life & Style Expert Moll Anderson!

I can hardly believe it’s November! How time flies! Before we know it, Christmas/Hanukkah/ Kwanza will soon be over and we’ll be ringing in 2012. The holiday season is not just red and green; it’s a time of celebration for all!

I believe we should all take a vow to not let holiday stress bring us down or get caught up in the hustle and bustle of what should be a special time for family. So, let’s make a promise to ourselves to slow down and try to enjoy the special moments that will become forever memories. Having a beautifully, seasonally decorated home is a splendid way to embrace your family and friends; but, perfection isn’t everything. Here are a couple of quick and easy ideas to hopefully alleviate some of your stress.

Holiday Wreath on Front DoorYou only get one chance to make a first impression. Keeping that in mind, your front door speaks volumes not only to your family but also to your neighbors. Your front door makes a statement. So, by hanging a wreath on your front door you’re immediately establishing an inviting energy. Some great ideas when choosing a wreath are traditionally fresh greens with ornaments. Today, you can use everything from grapevine wreaths for a natural country vibe to fresh florals, made of red roses and holly. Wreaths are not limited to just the front door. They easily become the center of attention when placed on your table.

For a no stress arrangement for your table, place a wreath in the center of your table, fill with several candles of various heights, and throw in some ornaments! A finishing touch of fresh greens from your tree and loose feathers will create a great impromptu centerpiece. Remember to use unscented candles so they do not overpower the aromas coming from your delicious dishes whether homemade or carryout. Don’t forget, it’s all about presentation. If you’re celebrating Hanukkah you can add in some cobalt blue and silver balls to your wreath centerpiece.

If you are sharing your home for the holiday, hang wreaths with beautiful, thick ribbon from the top of the doors to guest powder rooms or bathrooms. They will beautifully distinguish those rooms for use, as well as warmly welcome each and every guest.

Holiday gingerbread houseA fun way to get your home looking festive is to have your family join in on the decorating with a gingerbread house party. Adorn the dessert table with decorations that look so delectable you could eat them. Stock up on gingerbread, graham crackers, icing, candy, peppermint, coconut sprinkles, and anything else you will need for the construction process. Remember that you aren’t trying to build the Taj Mahal, just let go and have a good time with your loved ones. Not only will it be a creative way to spend time with your family and friends, but once they are done constructing their houses, you are left with a gingerbread village for everyone to enjoy! Set out your sweets in and around the gingerbread village, and then watch as those sugarplums come to life.

Tell me what your essentials are for decorating your home from holiday to holiday.

You can read Good Housekeeping for more ideas on holiday decorating and crafts for your family to enjoy.

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About Moll Anderson

Moll Anderson is an accomplished interior designer and lifestyle expert who infused the interior design world with a fresh new way of thinking with her first book, Change Your Home, Change Your Life®. She is known for her sensory-scaped approach to design featured in her newest book The Seductive Home™. Anderson, an Emmy-winning entertainment reporter, has served as guest and designer on national television shows and has been featured in popular women’s magazines. Get to know Moll Anderson at

  • Karen James

    Love the idea of putting a wreath on each individual guest room and using those to distinguish the rooms like “you’re in the silver room and the kids are in the Red room…just follow the wreaths.” Such a great idea, Moll!

  • Moll Anderson

    Hi Karen, So glad you get it! The idea is to always use your imagination! The key to a warm and seductive home is engaging the family and drawing them back to what’s important, HOME! maybe this will be a tradition your children will continue carry on :)

  • Moll Anderson

    What are your favorite holiday scents when it comes to candles? Would love your thoughts?

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  • LAgurl:)

    I LOVE this post! You’re right- this time of year shouldn’t be stressful. And your ideas are so simple, but will definitely make an impression! I think I may add a wreath this year now that I am inspired. Can’t wait to read next week’s blog! Thank You, Moll!

  • Caitlin Lindstrom

    I love food scents– pumpkin pie or Christmas sugar cookies!