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10 last minute Christmas decor ideas to deck your halls and walls

Just 10 more days to Christmas and if you’ve not gotten the holiday decor up, it’s now or never. Here are 10 last minute Christmas decor ideas you can quickly and easily put the use. And get your home in shape for the holidays.

#1 Add some festive cheer with a room divider

We would like to share an idea to decorate your room for coming Christmas.

Here in the office we have and IKEA product called VEBERÖD.

room divider as Christmas decor

703.433.25 VEBERÖD room divider | Photo: IKEA.com

The picture is more or less self-explaining, possible to use all Xmas decorations from lights up to Xmas tree toys and other hand made things.

The textile pockets are perfect for presents to put in, isn’t ?

~ by Ausra and Daiva, Lithuania


If you’ve fallen behind on Advent, you can still use the Stråla LED floor-standing candelabra as a minimalist tree.

Strala LED floor standing candelabra

Stråla floor-standing candelabra | Photo: IKEA.com

Or catch up!

#2 An Advent “D’oh” Moment

IKEA items used:

  • Stråla floor-standing candelabra
  • VINTER 2017 stripey string
  • Various shiny cards in Christmassy colours
  • Number stickers
  • Chocolate coins
  • Self-control (don’t eat all of the chocolate whilst crafting the hearts).

I bought a Stråla in the “As Is” Dept as we’re trying to keep the house clutter-free before moving. I thought it would be nice and unfussy standing on a window-ledge or the mantle-piece.

Then I had my “d’oh” moment: It has exactly 24 hanging pegs. One for every day in Advent. That’s right: The big Stråla is just a huge Advent calendar.

Christmas advent candelabra

So I made 24 Danish Hearts using a tutorial and template from the internet (There’s lots of them of varying complexity, choose one to suit your crafty skill-set and/or the time you have available); fill them with chocolate coins and hang them up with the lovely stripey string. (I love stripey string).

Simples.

~ by Andy McHugh


#3 Convert a shelf into a tree

If you snagged an IKEA PS 2014 wall shelf when it was available, you’re in luck.

IKEA PS 2014 Wall Shelf | Photo: IKEA.com

This guy was meant to be draped in tinsels and lights. Like here. And you can place your presents on the shelves, instead of the floor. How cool is that?


I also dug up some Christmas decor ideas from IKEA Christmas past. The 2012 catalogue to be exact. Don’t let the date fool you, the catalog still has some high impact ways to dress up your place for Christmas. Take a look. (via Decoist)

#4 Frame up the ornaments

Frame up an assortment of Christmas ornaments for a classy Christmas vibe.

10 last minute Christmas decor ideas to deck your halls and walls

Photo: Decoist.com

#5 Light up a reverse tree

Hang up STRÅLA stars in a reverse tree formation. Or set up this new 2017 LED chandelier, which reminds me of fairy wings, to set the mood.

10 last minute Christmas decor ideas to deck your halls and walls

STRÅLA LED chandelier | Photo: IKEA.com


#6 Try a different kind of wreath

IKEA has a wide range of pretty twinkle lights. Pick one that fits your style. I don’t see the danish heart light (photo below) in IKEA’s latest Christmas range, sadly. But the RAMSTA Light chain with 24 diamonds will light up your door way beautifully too.

10 last minute Christmas decor ideas to deck your halls and walls

Photo: Decoist.com


#8 Serve up a tree

The KVITTERA 3-tier serving platter will feel right at home on your Christmas table. Just fill it up with an ornaments of the same kind and colour tones. You can’t go wrong with this.

10 last minute Christmas decor ideas to deck your halls and walls

Photo: Decoist.com

#9 Cut out a tree

IKEA does not sell the paper cut-out tree anymore, but this is an easy DIY. Get some cardboard and a pair of sharp scissors. Enlarge this template up to the size you want and then start cutting. And your tree will be up before you can say ho, ho, ho.

10 last minute Christmas decor ideas to deck your halls and walls

Photo: IKEA.com

#10 Hang up a bouquet of ornaments

This is one of my favourite Christmas decor ideas. String up and hang baubles over the window, door or in your hallway. And suddenly, it will start to look a lot like Christmas.


Sparked any ideas? So get your house in shape for the holidays. 10 days and counting.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Agent Onside

It’s very tempting when the market is difficult to blame your estate agent, especially when you doubt they are actually doing anything proactive to sell your house. But however inclined you might feel to bawl them out, it’s vital that you keep them ‘onside’ and the relationship as strong as possible, if you want to sell your house for the best possible price. Here are my five tips for keeping your agent sweet, and trying hard to sell your house.

1 . Keep in contact often, but non-confrontational. Find an excuse to call them about something insignificant, like “I just called you to warn you that the garden gate is sticking” so that they don’t start avoiding your calls. Keep your tone upbeat and cheerful so that each conversation is positive.

2. Ask their advice– it will make your agent feel important if you make it clear your value their advice, so ask something you want to implement anyway, like “I’m thinking about painting my front door dark blue; what do you think?”

3. Get to know the other members of the team– pop into the office every now and again with a smile and if appropriate, cakes! A sunny disposition and treats go a long way to making sure the whole team is on your side.

4. Take them into your confidence and tell them your motivation for moving. Understanding what is behind your move and how important it is to you and your family, will really help their motivation in turn to helping you sell.

5. Thank them for every viewing they book– people respond well to praise, and telling them that you know they are doing everything they can for you, and how much you appreciate it will make them want to do their best to help you sell.

Keeping your agent on your side is so important, especially in this difficult market when many vendors are holding their agents to account for a lack of viewings.  Avoid being on the “vendors I don’t want to talk to” list by treating your agent with respect and kindness, and they will, in turn, help you sell your house.

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What’s the Difference Between Interstate and Intrastate Moving?

Interstate and Intrastate Moving

Interstate versus intrastate – it’s only a difference of a letter, right? Wrong. It could mean a significant difference in logistics and costs for your upcoming move. We’ve broken down the differences between interstate and intrastate moving to save you money and help you avoid any potential headaches. Why does it matter? Sometimes what you […]

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Here are the Worst Days to Move During the Holiday Season

There are few things more stressful than moving during the holiday season. From fighting heavy traffic to paying exorbitant moving prices, relocating to a new home during the months of … Continue reading “Here are the Worst Days to Move During the Holiday Season”

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11 Furniture Companies with White Glove Delivery Service

Moving soon? You may want to think twice before hauling all of that used furniture to your new home. For one, moving large beds, couches, chairs, tables and dressers will … Continue reading “11 Furniture Companies with White Glove Delivery Service”

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Plastic Fantastic: A woven IKEA bag

I was taking a beginner’s weaving class and wanted to do something different than the usual table cloths. So I did a re-modelled version of the blue IKEA bag! The weaving took longer than needed, but that’s mostly due to my laziness.

Plastic Fantastic: A woven IKEA bag

The hardest part of the hack was the weaving. Some bits look a bit messed up (not shown on pics, of course :)) And you’ll also need to make sure that you have a sewing machine sturdy enough to sew through thick material. If I could do this again, I would probably pay more attention to the colours and design of the woven part.

But now that it’s done, I like the funky feel to it, besides it being a one-of-a-kind woven IKEA bag.

IKEA items used:

Other materials and tools used:

Steps to making a woven IKEA bag

Begin by cutting up the IKEA bag into a size/shape of your choice.

Pick out plastic bags and fabrics that you want to use for the middle section of the bag.

Plastic Fantastic: A woven IKEA bag

Start weaving the plastic bags and fabrics together.

Sew the woven parts together with the cutout IKEA bag bits. You’ll need a pretty good sewing machine for this. The top and bottom parts need to enfold the weave to create stability.

I added the IKEA logo to the sides. I cheated a bit and went to a professional seamstress to help me with this last part.

Plastic Fantastic: A woven IKEA bag

And the woven IKEA bag is done!

Plastic Fantastic: A woven IKEA bag

~ by Rebecca (Sweden)


YPPERLIG – Yay or nay?

IKEA recently launched a new version of the FRAKTA bag – the YPPERLIG, in 6 colours – designed by Hay. Do you prefer it compared to the FRAKTA?

YPPERLIG shopping bag, green. Photo: IKEA.com

 


Like bags? Here are few more to tickle your fancystriped woven rug tote bag

As soon as Anna-Mari saw the Signe rugs in IKEA, it lit a lamp in her head. This would make a cool and happy tote bag! See how she did it.

drawer mat bags

The first thing I asked Anna after she sent me her hacks was “Can I buy them?” It’s always been hard for me to resist pretty bags. See how she made these out of drawer mats.


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How Much Does it Cost to Move Locally in Columbus?

Move in Columbus

Hearing the name Columbus, Ohio may not make you think it is a large city, but in fact, it is the third most densely populated state capital in the United States. It is also the 14th largest city in the United States with a population of approximately of 900,000 occupants. The city is well known […]

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