With Thanksgiving under our belts (both figuratively and literally), we're in the thick of the holiday season. I hope your celebration was full of flavorful favorites and the warmth of good company. Rob and I were quite literally surrounded by warmth - first, a stop to Sarasota to see my youngest perform with the ballet, followed by a visit to Houston for a traditional Turkey Day meal with our oldest. Now that I'm home again, I look forward to decorating our home in a style that makes our family celebrations cozy. Both girls will finally be home in a few weeks to enjoy it together.

This month's feature article offers simple tips to help you adorn your home in a cohesive aesthetic that reflects your style and family traditions, too. Ronnie graciously set an example in my home on my new white mantel. With beautiful greenery and a nostalgic family photo, I think it's the perfect mix of seasonal and traditional. Read on to see!

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During this time of giving thanks, I realize how fortunate I am to work with so many wonderful clients, who have helped me realize my dream and make what I do truly enjoyable. I am equally as thankful for my hard-working staff - Sheri, Ronnie and Amy - without whom I could not accomplish it all. Their commitment to excellence and loyalty to our customers is inspiring.   
Many thanks, and best wishes for the happiest of holidays!

Owner, Sew Beautiful
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Did You Know?

Home for the Holidays

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Did You Know?
Do you have any ornaments that have been handed down across multiple generations? How many of them are classic, shiny baubles?
The iconic, spherical ornament doesn't have an American history, believe it or not! Until the late 1930's, Germany actually controlled the market of the handmade glass balls. Once the U.S. became embroiled in World War II, however, importing the ornaments became complicated, leading Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) to take over the industry.
Corning used its ribbon machine - originally created to manufacture glass bulb's for the lamp designed by Thomas Edison - to produce ornaments en masse. Wellsboro, PA became an ornament headquarters, of sorts, until 1981. Now, production is most commonly outsourced overseas.
Home for the Holidays
From a designer’s perspective, the holiday season is a unique time - it offers homeowners the opportunity to decorate their space in a noticeably different style than the other ten months of the year. Come November and December, an interesting mix of trend and tradition combines to outfit homey, beautiful living spaces. Regardless of your celebration of choice, we have some universal tips to help you bring the winter season indoors. 

Pick a theme. 
Maybe you can’t get enough of Christmas, maybe you love winter foliage, or perhaps you come from a family of born-and-bred Marylanders. Home in on something that appeals to you and use that as a grounding theme throughout your decor.  

Bring in natural elements. 
Winter holidays correspond perfectly with the color schemes found in winter foliage. Bring in some seasonal touches from outdoors to adorn your home. Magnolia, branches, berries and pinecones are easy and inexpensive pops of color. They’ll also hold their shape and color as they dry. 

Mix fresh with artificial. 
Keep in mind the safety of your space. Mix fresh greens with artificial and trade them out periodically throughout the season. Opt for battery operated lights and/or candles instead of open flame to keep things cohesive and safe. 

Add extra coziness. 
Some of the most heartwarming aspects of the holidays are those tied to family and tradition. Invest in some seasonal accent pillows or a throw blanket to tie together the color scheme of a family space (and to make it extra comfortable for mingling guests). Maybe you have room to create a display of family Christmas photos, or to set out the serving dish that you always used for Santa’s cookies as a child. Elements of tradition keep memories alive and add to the warmth of your home.
These three rooms are perfect examples of how our resident designer, Ronnie, uses these simple tips to decorate three different spaces each in their own style, while still giving a nod to traditional holiday decor.
Need help with your holiday decorating?

Please contact us for an in-home consultation. We help homeowners dress their windows and complete their rooms with well designed and beautifully made custom window treatments, pillows, cushions, bedding, upholstery and more. To schedule an in-home consultation, call  (410) 544-3300 or email  [email protected] .
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