Deck the Halls – Tree Optional

If you don’t have the space or time for a trimmed tree, here are five alternative decorating ideas. Love trimming your Christmas tree or trees? These five ideas can be used to correlate with the décor of your holiday tree.

Create a Casual Tablescape

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Holiday Tablescape with Rustic Christmas Trees

This 12’ long table displays a grove of trees. Each tree is created from a rustic material; driftwood, rusty jingle bells, cornhusks, and grapevines.  DIY candleholders made from split firewood are the perfect accent. Traditionally table runners are placed running the length of the table. With a table this large a single runner would be lost.  Four runners were used across the width of the table.

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Designer Secrets & Sources: J C Woodworking and Reclaimed Relics

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J C Woodworking – Unique Roadside Sign
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J C Woodworking List of Treasures

The J C Woodworking showroom is like an amazing candy store for architects, interior designers, and property owners. These exceptional materials and some imagination can be combined to create rustic furniture, quirky accessories or to design a truly unique space!

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Poised to Revisit the Victorian Era

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Victorian Style Shadowbox

Interior Design and Fashion Design often take cues from history.  Interior Design and Decoration have been quickly cycling through the design periods of the 20th Century. We’ve celebrated Art & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Mid Century Modern.  Currently with the popularity of Bohemian Chic we are embracing the Hippie era.  You can even buy Macrame wall art on Etsy!

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Color Theory for Interior Design: Munsell’s Color Notation – What are Hue, Value, and Chroma?

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Munsell Color System

Albert H. Munsell (1858–1918) was an artist and a professor who recognized the need for a clear consistent method of communicating color.  A group of people look at the same shade of blue, one might call it sapphire, another deep blue, the third person might say navy, etc.  Instead of names for color Munsell developed his Color Notation system in 1905. The Atlas of the Munsell Color Order System was published in 1915 and is still used today.

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