As the leaves start to turn and temperatures drop, it's fun to incorporate some festive holiday decorations into the home. Janetta Burt Melendez, owner and operator of It Should Be Easy, gives her tips on how to get your living space ready for the holiday season in no time.
It Should Be Easy
As an executive assistant for more than 10 years, Janetta Burt Melendez was a filing, editing and multitasking machine. She would also spend weekends organizing her friends' offices, garages and businesses for fun. Yeah, it's her passion, and her personal gift to the world. As a child, she would sit for hours sorting crayons, pennies or beads...anything, really. In college, as a librarian assistant for the university's science and math libraries, she shelved books all day - her alphanumeric filing capabilities are unrivaled. She even spent a couple years as a roadie for her friend's band, where she honed not only her surprising upper arm strength, but also her ability to Tetris equipment into a truck better than anyone. She is a photographer, part-time dabbler and a fan of the arts - all of it! Art feeds her soul, and she sees it in everything around her.
If your home is in need of some reorganizing and cleansing, contact Burt-Melendez to make it a pain-free and gratifying process.
"Nothing says 'winter is coming, and it's cozy' more than a big bowl of mixed nuts in the shell and a nutcracker. It is fun for the whole family and looks and tastes great, too. You can also use fresh squash and pie pumpkins that you can later use for cooking as part of a center arrangement on your table. It can be changed out as often as you eat them."
Decorate your home with more than just visual details and add some festive aroma to your living space. Burt-Melendez suggests, "Simmer cinnamon, cloves and some dehydrated fruit in water over the stove to fill your house with more fall deliciousness. Or better yet, make yourself some mulled wine, hot apple cider, hot toddies or hot chocolate. Use quality ingredients from your local farmer's market so it is an extra special and delicious treat."
Brighten Up Rooms With Fall Colors"Using fresh flowers in fall colors of yellow, orange and red, rather than dried leaves, will bring something fresh and alive to your home."
"Get yourself a faux fur throw blanket or rug for a wintery look and snuggly feel. Watch movies with your blanket by the fireplace, and you're set," suggests Burt-Melendez. The blanket will add some fall flare to your living space, whether you are wrapped up in it or have it draped over furniture
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