The holidays are upon us. I just wanted to post some quick holiday tips for your home that may help cut costs and such.
-When decorating, less is more.
I don't care if you use colored lights, white lights, blinking lights or no lights when you decorating, but simple light displays always seem to give the feeling of charm. Wrap a single string of lights around your mailbox or light post. Outline the windows in lights, but do not cover your roof in them. If you MUST have an inflatable in your front yard, limit it to ONE inflatable. Make people admire your home, not gawk at it. :-)
-Place ornaments IN the tree as well as ON the tree. By this I mean, take some larger ornaments and actually partially bury them in the branches. It will fill areas that may be sparse and fill it out. Don't be afraid to use some non-traditionbal colors as accents. Throw a blue or orange something or other in there to give it some style and pop.
-Research a local farm that allows you to chop your own tree. Not only is this a great family/couples activity, but it can save you a bunch of money when its all said and done. You are paying for several other things when you buy a tree from the parking lot of a grocery store.
Just wanted to share some BEFORE & AFTER photos I took of the project. The grass gets plenty of sun, we have dogs and do not have an in ground sprinkler system, so we decided to lay bermuda sod as opposed to fescue. PHASE 2 photos to come soon...