Interior Redesign and Decorating – What Can be Accomplished in One Day

Whether you decide to hire a Interior Redesign professional or drag your furniture around yourself, rearranging your furnishings is the most immediate course of change. Try to keep an open mind. Your sofa does NOT have to be placed against the longest wall. Consider repositioning all your large upholstered pieces.

Changing or rehanging artwork on the walls will go a long way in creating a new feel for your space. Try laying your wall groupings out on the floor before actually taking a hammer and nails to the wall! If the grouping is going behind the sofa, lay your pattern out on the floor in front of it. This is a great way to visualize the new look and not cause unnecessary damage to your walls!

Treat yourself to some fresh flowers or a new live plant! After a long winter it is a welcome introduction to spring. Every room should include a living plant to feel warm and inviting. Unless you are like me (and kill them) then buy a nice silk. Speaking from experience, Jo-Anne Fabrics carries a beautiful assortment!

Try to be creative and mix/change items from other rooms to create a beautiful “new” look that won’t cost you one penny. A few simple changes can and might make a dramitic impact without spending any money at all! My mother in law rearranges her room every spring and fall. She also changes her curtains seasonally. It makes her “feel good” and can do the same for you!

Traditional Russian Christmas Ornaments and Decor

Russian Christmas ornaments come in almost every shape and design imaginable; making any Yuletide d├ęcor more festive. Many Russian Christmas ornaments are made from durable plastic, but many are still hand made and hand painted in delicate wood and blown glass. Some are designed not to grace your tree but to beautify every room in your home with traditional images of the Christ child and Holy Family, keeping the true spirit of the season alive in eye-catching adornments that will become heirlooms in your family.

Ornaments popular around the world are also popular in Russia, including angels, Christmas trees, snowmen and, of course, Santa Claus. They come in many sizes and painted in every color of the rainbow. Many of the ornaments are uniquely Russian: Pieces patterned after the famous nesting dolls or “matryoshkas” or the Snow Maiden of Russian literature. The magnificent onion-shaped domes of Russian Orthodox church steeples, like Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, are also popular. Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcraker” will always be the traditional performance of the season and nutcracker Christmas ornaments are a perfect reminder of that beloved classic.

Taking their cue from the fabulous Faberge Easter eggs, some Russian ornaments are eggshell shaped and painted in minute detail with Grandfather Frost, angels, rabbits and snow-covered dachas. Even a whole village might find itself hanging among the needles in miniature.

Whatever your personal preference in Christmas tree decor, a Russian ornament will add a distinctive flavor to your Christmas scene that family and friends will remember. In fact, don’t be surprised if their next tree looks a lot like yours did this year!