Guest – Stephanie Vanderbilt
Looking for ideas to decorate your front door or entryway?
Everyone loves the holidays. They’re a wonderful way to pass family traditions from one generation to the next. When we add holiday extras to a busy schedule, it often means we’re trying to do too much. It’s easy to end up so exhausted we don’t enjoy ourselves. That’s why we’re hosting experts to share 24 holiday tips. We want to help you decorate your home with the least amount of stress and cost, so Stephanie's tips for front door decorations reusing things you already own.
Favorite Holiday Activity
Stephanie's favorite holiday activity is to explore a new town in New England. She and her husband go away overnight, staying at bed and breakfasts … and cut down their own Christmas tree during the weekend. This means they take out their ornaments and start decorating when they get home.
Holiday Tips – Front Door Decorations that Reuse What You Own
The month of December is busy for business owners. Stephanie owns MyCoastalWindows.com, with her husband. Living in New England, this is a busy time of year helping homeowners prepare for winter. It's no surprise then, that her tips are about decorating your front door and entryway, are all about saving time, energy and money for more important things.
- Reuse, repurpose and recycle things you already like lanterns, an old sleigh or chalkboard (you can change the message for each holiday). Add greens from your trees and ribbon that you can reuse, year after year. Add a holiday greeting like “Believe” above, to your chalkboard to put a smile on everyone's face.
- Eliminate bugs in natural decor like pinecones, as they're not welcome at most holiday celebrations. Place them on an old cookie sheet, set your oven on 200 degrees for 45 minutes. The bugs will be gone and you'll enjoy a little bit of the outdoors, inside your home.
- Take care when hanging holiday wreaths on your front door. You don't want to damage the door or create gaps that will cause your home to loose indoor heated air you've paid for. 3M has special hooks for outdoor use, ones that will support the weight of most Christmas wreaths.
For more great tips about keeping your home warm and cozy through the winter, visit Stephanie's blog for warm and cozy tips.
If you’d like to listen to Stephanie and I talking about her tips, click to listen to the recording …
Most Important Holiday Goal
For Stephanie, she looks forward to the holidays where she can relax and enjoy the warm glow of the Christmas tree lights (LED save energy) and baking cookies with her sister.