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Nov 4, 2015

9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

By: Jennifer Hughes
9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

Get your home ready for the holiday season with these helpful tips & tricks. Author: Janis Nicolay

Tips & Tricks
Nov 4, 2015

9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

By: Jennifer Hughes

The holiday hustle can make the season seem daunting. The Moody family has some tips on how to make it exciting once again.


When November hits, the pressure is on for any busy family. The real challenge, however, is keeping the holidays as fun and stress-free as possible. Despite hectic careers, hockey tournaments, theatre performances and family gatherings, Surrey, B.C., designer Lisa Moody of Grapevine Designs tackles this feat with panache, along with her husband, Ron, and their kids, Svea, 14, Eston, 12, and Eli, 9. Here, we get a glimpse into their stylish 6,900 sq. ft. home, plus a few of the festive traditions that make Christmas especially merry for the Moody clan.

 

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9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

DIY garland

Homeowner and designer Lisa Moody made this advent calendar garland 10 years ago by combining her kids’ stray socks with some Christmas-themed ones bought on sale after the holidays.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

Trimming the tree

“There will be a day when I’ll have a formal Christmas tree,” says Lisa with a laugh. But when three kids are contributing to the scheme, bright, fun colours and childhood mementoes reign for now.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

Family-friendly decorations

“We decorate our faux tree at the end of November. It’s nice to get the decorating done early so we can enjoy the season longer.”

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

Family gathering spot

The kids (from left), Svea, Eli and Eston, hang out with Lisa (far right) and enjoy Christmas treats in the dining area. The simple modern table and chairs are durable, prac­tical choices for family mealtime.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

Creative wrapping

Lisa packages presents using plain white kraft paper jazzed up with colourful and patterned ribbons as well as left­ over scraps of holiday gift wrap.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

Elf on the Shelf

The fireplace, which has a soaring marble-clad surround, is a focal point for the family during the holidays. Can you spot the Elf on the Shelf? It sits in one of the the built-in maple cubbies and is the origin of many hilarious holiday shenanigans.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

Holiday hub

The Moody home is the place for family parties during the holidays, and the island in the kitchen, with its yellow wooden stools, is where everyone gathers.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

Casual night in

“When a big dinner party seems too overwhelming, we’ll have friends over for cocktails and snacks by the fire.”

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

9 fun and stress-free holiday decorating tips

Easiest kids' party ever

Lisa hosts a Christmas party for the kids and their friends. This year, they’re decorating gingerbread cookies and enjoying hot chocolate in festive mugs with marshmallows, candy canes and chocolate chips.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home
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