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At Home: Decorating for the holiday season

Easy ways to ensure your home is looking festive for guests
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Filling vases and jars with ornaments can quickly add a festive touch to any room.

Nothing gets Canadians in the festive spirit quite like prepping their home for the holidays. Before inviting family, friends and out-of-town guests to celebrate the season, ensure your home is looking its best.

For a quick d├ęcor overhaul, consider the following tips from The Home Depot Canada: First impressions count Dress up the front yard by hanging outdoor lights on the trees and along the edge of your roof. Consider showcasing an inflatable holiday icon or unique seasonal outdoor feature to mark this festive time of year. To finish, add walkway lighting to lead your guests to the front door.

Fancy foyer The foyer is the first area of your home guests will see, so make an impression. Adding a glossy round table with a holiday arrangement will make the foyer feel intimate and inviting. Try large apothecary jars filled with vintage or handmade ornaments.

Infuse your home with colour Expand your holiday decorations beyond the tree or front door. Use mirrored tiles and colourful ornaments to create a seasonal centrepiece. Drape garland - real or artificial - over mirrors, railings and along the mantle. Also, adding matching pillows or window coverings will make spirits bright.

Light it up Lighting is a wonderful way to highlight Christmas heirlooms, artwork and centrepieces. Placing a cluster of candles on a table, credenza or piano top will accent the room with soft light. No matter your style, lighting creates a warm, cozy environment.

Get cozy by the fire A lit fireplace warms any room and creates an inviting atmosphere. If your home isn't equipped with a fireplace, consider going electric. They come in a variety of sizes, colours and styles; and are easy to install or move to a different room.

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