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Seasons : Lunar New Year !

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Happy Lunar New Year!  Did you know that the Lunar New Year is celebrated by a quarter of the world's population?  It's fun to see local flower markets bulging with quince and other flowering branches. To get into the spirit, our entry (above) has an urn of Magnolia blossoms.  Even Costco features kumquats and money trees, pots of orchids and lucky bamboo.  Our next door neighbor has huge red lanterns and ropes of faux firecrackers hanging on each side of his front doors - it looks as festive as can be.  This got me thinking, why not take some inspiration from traditional Lunar New Year decorations to use in our rooms year round?  Let's take a look.

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Color Game : Living Coral / 2019 Pantone Color of the Year

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Living Coral - Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year - is a perky, optimistic in a South-Beach kind-of-way color.  Thank goodness!  We need all the cheerfulness we can get right about now.  Just for fun, let's see if this color can work in our rooms..

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Christmas, 2018

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This Christmas, I was all set for a natural Scandinavian Christmas.  Connie even sent homemade Fattigman (Norwegian cookies) so I was definitely in the mood.  But as I opened the 6 boxes of Christmas decorations left from my summer purge, it seemed like a good idea to just get everything out and see what was left.  Santas & their assorted red fun gathered on the 2nd floor so the main floor could be left more "Scandinavian" with white snowflakes at the windows, mossy green pillow covers and mercury glass trees and balls.  It turned out to be almost a winter wonderland that could be Scandinavian...

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Christmas Among Friends

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Friends of DecorBook have been particularly busy this holiday season.  Let's take a look at 3 spectacular ideas - I'm sure you'll notice that the key is each artist's eye for detail.  Kimberly (Hayward, CA) has taken repurposing costume jewelry to a new level in creating these magnificent trees.  This one is aptly called the Noel Tree.

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Christmas : Scandinavian, Naturally

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I gotta admit it.  I'm a bit scared to look in the "Christmas" boxes down in our basement.  After my summer purge of most things "nonessential," I'm just wondering what's left down there.  One thing is for certain, our 8' tree with LED lights is a goner as it took a village to get it up three floors and set up.  Whatever is left in the basement, I'm dreaming of a Scandinavian-inspired wonderland this year.  To get started, let's take a look at my inspiration photos.

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