Getting ready for the holidays does not mean you have to spend a pot of gold to make your home look festive. For example, the CH Living designers took this living room from everyday to holiday in just a few easy steps. Here are their budget-friendly decorating tips:

Everyday To Holiday Décor

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees do not need to be huge. Our tree was made from pine branch scraps found at a local tree lot. Stick the branches in a container filled with soil to keep them moist. Add a few white lights to make them sparkle.


Hang a dried vine wreath sprayed with white paint and finished off with small white lights for a simple but cheery touch that will last well beyond the holidays.

Paper Maché

Purchase a paper maché deer head at a local craft store for an added year-round accent or if you are feeling really creative you can make your own following the YouTube instructions at

Red Nose Day

Remember when you participated in “Red Nose Day?” Share your red nose with your deer head to make him a Rudolf.

Colorful Holiday Decor

Add a few colorful ornaments and a holiday throw to the ottoman cocktail table and a colorful red pillow to perk up the sofa.

Milk & Cookies

Lastly, do not forget the milk and cookies for Santa and a few carrots for the reindeer!

These holiday decorations are shown in the room with CH Living upholstered furniture featuring the Rivoli sofa, Rivoli Recliner chair and Rivoli Bench ottoman being used as a cocktail table. You can see more CH Living at

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.