No, not yet! No need to panic just now but it is definitely time to start thinking about any home decorating or renovations or new furniture you would like done before the holidays.
Whether you are purchasing a new sofa bed for out of town guests or have finally decided to recover your husband’s favorite chair, the eight to twelve week production time can put you beyond the holidays and you will be very disappointed! And while reupholstering does not take that long, this is a very busy time for your upholsterer and fabric back orders can also create delays. So get going on that decorating plan and you will be ready when the doorbell rings.
If you want to undertake a remodeling project in preparation for the holidays I sincerely hope you have already begun the process. Any construction process is synonymous with “delay” so just prepare yourself and have an alternative plan if you should run up against those delays. If you are lucky, that new bathroom, kitchen or outdoor area will be complete and ready for you to enjoy during the holidays with your family and friends. And be sure and send some photos…would love to see what you have done!
Catalogs and retail stores are just itching to begin selling this year’s holiday decorations. They start early which means they sell out early. So if you see something you like, snatch it up right away rather than wait until you are ready to decorate your own home as you will, once again, be disappointed. Candles, seasonal throw pillows and other decorative items are fun to buy so keep your eyes open. I am intrigued by this year’s mongolian fur trend so may just have to add one of these to my already huge throw pillow collection. How cozy for the Christmas holidays.
Keep in mind that if you are planning on sprucing up your home for the holidays, chances are so are many other people. Therefore, your painter, handyman, carpet layer or other trades people will be busy. Plan those jobs now to insure that you can get on their calendar and complete your project before the holidays arrive.
The day after Labor Day signals to me that fall has arrived and I start switching things out. I replace summer’s cheerful throw pillows with something that is warm in color and textural such as brown velvet and a suede patchwork, for example. The fun black and white throw gets replaced by a warm golden check and the bowl of seashells goes back into the closet to make room on the coffee table for some potpourri and pinecones. Once October 1st arrives I add in a few halloween themed items and, on November 1st out comes anything Thanksgiving related. We have several December birthdays so the Christmas holiday items do not make an appearance until after December 8th. Trust me, this waiting period is not an easy one for someone who loves holiday decorations as much as I do. But no worries, the Christmas music starts playing as soon as it is available on the radio!
When do you begin your seasonal decorating?