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Hi everyone! It’s Shannon and Robin from Hoopla Event Design & Styling! We are both event and interior design enthusiasts and we hope we can bring a different perspective on decorating for the holidays. And before we forget to say it….
We are so honoured to be on Fieldstone Windows & Doors blog on today of all days to talk about how to decorate your windows and doors for the holidays. If you’ve already missed the boat for decorating this year, we want to share ideas on how to make those holiday decorations last through to the end of the winter….or even the whole year! It doesn’t have to be all reds and greens folks!
First up are wreaths. Every good door needs one.
We are big fans of beautiful, plain green wreaths. All of the winter greens are so gorgeous at this time of year that they don’t need a lot to make them look stunning. If you want to add some colour, you can always incorporate a few berries or hang them with ribbon to give it that festive look without overpowering the perfection of a living wreath.
Once all of the holiday festivities are said and done, just switch up the ribbon to a more neutral colour and your wreath will be good to go until the Spring.
And don’t forget about the windows! Wreaths can really add some extra oomph for the holidays. You could do one per window, multiple wreaths or, instead of a wreath, use some greens to create a festive word, like “JOY”.
If you want to go beyond the typical wreath, a garland is a nice touch that can frame both windows and doors. You can also get really creative with the materials and colours you choose to use.
Stars, pinwheels, Christmas trees and presents – the sky is really the limit here! And, depending on the type of garland you choose, it could stay up for the whole Winter season. Actually, Robin and I both have festive garlands that stay up all year round because they are not in the traditional Christmas colours and shapes.
But our clear winner for window and door décor this year is the peace sign wreath. There’s no better message to send out, not only for the holiday season, but throughout the year.
Thank you so much to Fieldstone Windows & Doors for letting us take part in your blog series on such a special day. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!
Hi everyone, my name is Lisa Mackay from Wicked & Weird. I was happy to be asked to contribute a post to the Fieldstone blog – windows and doors are actually close to my heart. For years my dad sold windows and doors (and flooring and siding and more) at our family business in New Brunswick, and they are always the first things I notice about a house. We actually used to drive around as a family and comment on all the windows and doors in the neighbourhood… you know, like regular families do with Christmas lights? I remember being very surprised when I discovered that not everyone did this.
My Dad had a soft spot for the American Arts & Crafts style, and I learned about Greene and Greene, Gustav Stickley, Bernard Maybeck, and F. L. Wright almost by osmosis. The style grew out of the William Morris school in Britain, with a bit of Japanese influence, but adapted to suit the burgeoning middle class in America. Instead of big rooms for entertaining at the front of a house with a huge central hall and small ‘worker’s’ rooms at the back, the Craftsman bungalow style melded the two. Breakfast nooks were added to kitchens, built-in bookcases by the fireplace displayed beautiful crockery, and central entryways were traded for big front porches and family space.
Windows and doors are fundamental to defining the style. Its emphasis on blending with the natural environment meant doors were left bare to showcase the grain of the wood, and windows were carefully considered to frame the view and take advantage of any light available.
The windows were usually double-hung sash windows, with a distinctive grid pattern on the top sash (usually 4 over 1, or 6 over 1), and this style is still beautiful today, in almost any context.
Craftsman homes often group windows in three’s, with the centre panel being larger than the sides. Often, the door was placed in the centre and grouped with two windows on the side.
There was also prevalent use of accent windows, especially on either side of the fireplace, and as a horizontal transom window over doors and windows. Especially in the later Prairie Style of Frank Lloyd Wright, these were often pieces of art in and of themselves, made of beautiful stained-glass. Wright called them his “light screens”.
Although now I seem to gravitate more to a light and fresh style and away from all the wood-filled arts and crafts interiors, I think I will always love them in my heart-of-hearts – especially the windows and the doors.
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