Family Heritage Christmas

Homemade Old World accents dress up one family's home for the holidays.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis living room is a dull, blank canvas waiting to be painted.
For the McCorkles, Christmas is a big family affair. Gerri and Mark recently moved into a new house, and when they unpacked their Christmas decorations (accumulated during 23 years of marriage), they realized that the decorations don't really reflect their style and interests anymore. This year they want a holiday design that connects with their family heritage. The Design on a Dime team comes up with a plan that incorporates the family's Scottish and Irish heritage with Old World style, all for less than $1,000.

The Dilemma
The spacious, modern living room/dining room combo is a fairly blank slate for decorating, with beige walls, big windows with white shutters and wicker furniture with blue plaid cushions. An important missing element is a fireplace, which is a traditional focal point for Christmas decor. The challenge is to create design elements that look Old World and that work for Christmas and the rest of the year as well.

Resources

candle supplies
General Wax and Candle
Website: http://www.generalwax.com

decorative project materials
Stats & Fishbecks
Website: www.statsfloral.com

decorative project materials
American Way Thrift Store
3226 W. Magnolia
Burbank, CA 91505

decorative project materials
Universal Metal Marking Inc.
Phone: 562-634-6300

decorative project materials
Kurt S. Adler, Inc.
Website: www.kurtadler.com/

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