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Decorating a home for a holiday open house

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  • Alphabet bricks arranged on a staircase is a fanciful way of greeting holiday guests.

    Alphabet bricks arranged on a staircase is a fanciful way of greeting holiday guests.
    Photo by Brian Nightengale/Country Sampler magazin

  • This kitchen island decoration is built around a treenware dough bowl with a base of artificial snow topped with glowing lights, glittering orbs, peppermint ornaments, and a vintage bobbin stuffed with seasonal shapes.

    This kitchen island decoration is built around a treenware dough bowl with a base of artificial snow topped with glowing lights, glittering orbs, peppermint ornaments, and a vintage bobbin stuffed with seasonal shapes.
    Photo by Brian Nightengale/Country Sampler magazin

  • A glass cake plate, topped with a footed compote and an antique candy dish sets the structure for this "tree" filled wiht solid and crackled green ornaments in green of various shades.

    A glass cake plate, topped with a footed compote and an antique candy dish sets the structure for this "tree" filled wiht solid and crackled green ornaments in green of various shades.
    Photo by Brian Nightengale/Country Sampler magazin

  • A round table brings versatility to a design as it can be tucked inot a corner and moved out as needed. Here, designs with circular shapes accent the table's curves.

    A round table brings versatility to a design as it can be tucked inot a corner and moved out as needed. Here, designs with circular shapes accent the table's curves.
    Photo by Brian Nightengale/Country Sampler magazin

  • A few small pieces with common elements combine to make a vignette that is easily moved as needed. The small red stool heightens visual interest.

    A few small pieces with common elements combine to make a vignette that is easily moved as needed. The small red stool heightens visual interest.
    Photo by Brian Nightengale/Country Sampler magazin

  • A colorful hooked pillow nestled in a basket of greens makes an easy and unique setting. Place it against a wall or solid surface so the pillow can stand up.

    A colorful hooked pillow nestled in a basket of greens makes an easy and unique setting. Place it against a wall or solid surface so the pillow can stand up.
    Photo by Brian Nightengale/Country Sampler magazin

  • Want another quick trick to try? String shiny red, green and silver jingle bells on a seasonally striped ribbon to create a garland that's music to your ears.

    Want another quick trick to try? String shiny red, green and silver jingle bells on a seasonally striped ribbon to create a garland that's music to your ears.
    Photo by Brian Nightengale/Country Sampler magazin

  • The November issue of Country Sampler is on newsstands now.

    The November issue of Country Sampler is on newsstands now.

 
By Ann Wilson
Country Sampler magazine

Although she loves classic style and neutral interiors, the hospitable owner of this Geneva home longed for vibrant seasonal scenes that turned the tide on traditional decorating. "She wanted something a bit different, something unexpected," says Country Sampler stylist Sally-Jo Ensta. "So we turned up the glitz by making sure each of our cheerful displays sparkled."

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