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Ah Christmas in August. Perfectly normal. It’s like someone asking you what you are doing for April fools on October fourth, its just weird. But here in the TV/film/magazine world its how it all works - we shoot everything at least 3 months in advance, so viola, Merry Christmas. The disadvantages? Oh, you know, no fresh trees (you can ship them down from Oregon but they’ll last for maybe a day or two beyond shipping and they run around $1000). And obviously there are less decorations around - those year round stores are open, but again, they have a lot of novelty ornaments for like $15 bucks a piece. I went into one store and bought a bunch of ornaments, but for the first 15 minutes i didn’t notice the fact that IT WAS BUSY. I mean, I knew why I was there, but i just wanted to scream,

WHY ARE ALL OF YOU BUYING CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN AUGUST? Anyway, luckily we live in Interweb times and you can get all sorts of standard balls, lights etc. pretty easily year round. But all the cool stuff that takes it from ‘pretty tree’ to ‘your tree looks amazing it should be in a magazine?’ isn’t available. So we’s had to make it.

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The Holiday Guide

Now, i was a crafter back the day, oh yes I was. I won many a blue ribbon at the 4-h fair, made quite a name for myself at 9, state-wide fame at 10 and was practically recruited by Martha at 12. But much to my ex 4-h coach’s horror, i don’t sit around and craft all night anymore. But its inside me somewhere, ready to be unleashed, I can feel it. My blood is full of mod podge, my skin is made of paper mache, my hair is basically yarn. But i can’t hang with the big ones, not anymore. It’s like how i used to be a quite good pianist if i do say so myself, then after years of not-practicing i sat down to play and i sounded like a drunk 6 year old who thinks they are playing with the philharmonic. It just wasn’t there. So Christmas in August was the perfect time to get back into my craft saddle. Making ornaments, garlands or all holiday decoration is super time consuming, kinda expensive, but ultimately its way more personal and you really only have to do it once and you are good to go - plus its super fun to do with your friends/family while listening to holiday music and drinking egg nog. Yes. But before we get into the crafts lets talk about the overall design concept. Their home style was midcentury/ contemporary but in a playful way. The clients/homewoners don’t take themselves seriously, their perfect day is inviting friends over and playing games with their kids all day When it came to their holiday style they showed me their stockings that they got the last year that are knitted and had the whole modern craft thing happening.

The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson  

The guide of all holiday guides! 238 pages of gift giving ideas, downloadables, giveaways, and behind the scenes look at HGTV Design Star W...

The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson  

The guide of all holiday guides! 238 pages of gift giving ideas, downloadables, giveaways, and behind the scenes look at HGTV Design Star W...

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