Holiday decor on a budget

December 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Be economically chic for the holidays. Learn how to spruce up your home on a tight budget. House Doctor Lisa Quinn met up with interior designer Kristin Martin of Spruce Design to learn how to get creative with what you already have.

Spruce it up tips:

Christmas in citrus hues

  • Decorate with oranges, lemons, kumquats, clementines, and blood oranges to add vibrant natural color to your home.
  • Layer fruit in tall glass vases with greens and nuts
  • Attach fruit to fresh garland, trees, and wreaths
  • Insert cloves into fruit and display in a bowl for a fresh home scent

Christmas bling

  • Coat greens with white floral spray and clear glitter for an icy effect. Use silver balls and crystals to add sparkle.
  • Create centerpieces for your holiday table by adding to white floral arrangements.
  • Fasten to your packages with metallic elastic or use as napkin ring holders.

A wreath with presence

  • Cover small boxes with solid wrapping paper. Add decorative bands in contrasting colors and tie with ribbon. Attach to a wooden wreath form with a hot glue gun. Affix a satin bow.

Ornaments out of the box

  • Use Christmas ornaments in a myriad of sizes and shapes to adorn your wreaths, garland, and holiday tables. Add sprigs of fruiting eucalyptus or bay leaves for a pretty flourish.
  • Use ribbon to hang ornaments from lighting fixtures and mirrors to add a special holiday sparkle.

Turn your Christmas tree inside out

  • Spray your Christmas Tree with metallic spray paint and decorate with natural ornaments, cinnamon sticks, and greens.

Holiday Home Tour event information:

A group of six homes in the St. Helena area are featuring a Holiday Home Tour to benefit the children of the Primary and Elementary Schools in St. Helena this Saturday, 12/6/08, 10am - 4pm. Visit their Web site for more information at