Holiday Decorating Giveaway

When the days darken, I start to obsess about lights.  We spent the weekend beginning to decorate and I have decided that if I had only one decoration for the holiday it would be endless strings of lights.

holiday wreath details www.pithandvigor.comNow that the eat in kitchen is almost done, we have hung our garlands, made our wreaths and everything seems warm with the glow of the holiday lights.

I’m completely pleased with the latest in holiday lights.  I bought a couple packs of battery operated lights that are on tiny wires to try out this year.  They are so much prettier on my wreath than the old versions with all their plastic coated cords don’t you think?  And happily, I’ve found that LED technology is finally starting to evolve beyond the cold lifeless colors of earlier generations.

holiday lights on wreath frame

I am not sure I can have too many lights wrapped in a simple wreath frame to make this glowing light fixture.

holiday decorating www.studiognblog.comRed beads and a pine and cypress garland frame the kitchen window (and it all looks so good against the new black!).  I was determined to make the draping perfectly asymmetrical.  Lately, I am preferring wonky things – for whatever reason, I just don’t want things too perfect.

Everything is hung with the super handy Command hooks – I’ve been using them to attach lights to walls for a few years now and I have yet to have damaged paint. Tomorrow we will sort out our tree and mantel  and continue to hang more lights – I’m looking forward to it.

Tell me, if you had just one holiday decoration what would it be?   Or maybe you have a great decorating tip to share? (I am still trying to hang things discretely from the ceiling in a way that is both attractive and damage-free)   Lets talk holiday decor…

Every comment will be entered to win a $50 Lowes gift card so that you can get more decorating essentials. 

I will close comments on Thursday Dec 5th and announce a winner (picked randomly) via twitter and facebook (so make sure to follow along in one of those places.)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lowes.  This is a series that I am doing through the end of the year.   I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.  See the other posts in this series. 

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Terri H on November 30, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without twinkling lights!

  2. Ann of Monona on December 1, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I agree that lights everywhere are the answer for the darkness of December. Thanks for reminding me about the Command hooks, I need to get some right now!
    Also like to slip in some of the old fashion icicle strands, they move with the slightest air movement.

  3. Julie on December 1, 2013 at 10:59 am

    A natural Christmas tree
    like u on fb Julie A scott Laws

  4. mary gardner on December 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

    If I could only have one decoration it would most certainly be a Christmas Tree!

  5. Carlseng Designs on December 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    For hanging decorations from the ceiling string fishing line tightly across the very tops of the walls, it is practically invisible! Then you can hang ornaments, pine cones, or my favorite, felted red hearts.

  6. Laurie Brown on December 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I’m with you- it’s all about the lights. Clear ones, colored ones, ones outside, inside, in wreathes, in the ficus plants, one year I even cut down a mini string so it would run on 12 volts and put a wreath on the grill of the truck. I just wish the exterior strings would last longer.

  7. Katherine Tracey on December 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I have to agree with you Rochelle about the lights. The soft glow is so comforting. Hardest thing is disguising the cords.

  8. Kris P on December 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Does a Christmas tree count? I’ve only gone without a real tree once in my life, when we moved into our current house less than 2 weeks before Christmas. Lots of lights on the tree are a requirement, although an easier way to put them up and take them down would be a blessing.

  9. Barb Matthews on December 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Every Christmas I take Smilax vine and wrap strands of lights around it to make garland for my French doors. Love the lights!

  10. Kathryn on December 2, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I love red beads. I drape them from the mantel, weave them into garlands, coil them lazily in baskets of greens. I haven’t played with lights too much but you’re inspiring me to try.

  11. manda on December 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    A wreath.

  12. Solducky on December 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    A really pretty, full. fresh wreath! Love the look and smell.

  13. commonweeder on December 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I never have to worry about my decorations being too perfect – or even plain perfect. As as person who rarely shops I am glad to know about these new lights and will go looking for them. Many thanks.

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