Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: Holiday Décor Tips with IBB Design

You don’t need to change your entire home’s décor to inject the holidays into your space this season. Get in the spirit and transform your space with these quick decorating tips from Shay Geyer, designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

1. Use colors that complement the space
Think outside of the traditional red-and-green box when injecting holiday colors into your space. Add metallics for a bit of sparkle, as well as white or muted blues. Mixing and matching different textures and patterns is always a great idea.
2. Utilize things you already have
Use lamps, candle holders, and even winter fruit (hint: pomegranates, oranges) to layer in with garland, ornaments, flowers, pinecones and other holiday elements.
3. Always have enough seating for your guests
With the holidays comes entertaining friends and family, so be sure to have enough seating in your space. Benches, ottomans and decorative pull-up chairs are the perfect way to add additional seating for your guests.
4. Hang a wreath in an unexpected place
Get creative with your holiday wreaths this season and place them in unexpected spots throughout your home. Utilize suction-cup hooks to hang wreaths on bookcases and other glass surfaces. If opting for lit wreaths, be sure to find battery-powered ones to avoid visible cords!
For more tips and tricks, visit IBBDesign.com.

How to Hang Your Lights with Care


How to Hang Your Lights with Care


Exterior lights on trees, lawns, and rooftops are going up all over D-FW, but if you haven’t put yours up yet we want to make sure you do it safely! There are many things to consider in order to avoid injury or pesky bulb outages when decorating your home. If you’re a lighting DIY-er, take these tips into consideration before you begin your outdoor decorating.


* Read Labels: Make sure you’re using outdoor lights since they have been tested to certain specifications for safety, wattage and ability to weather the elements. This applies to extension cords as well.


* Test Each Strand: Check every set of lights individually to make sure they’re working after sitting in storage over the last year. While you’re doing this, inspect each strand for frayed or bare wires, loose sockets and bad bulbs.


* Support: Use string, ties and hooks to securely fasten your lights to your trees, walls and roof. Make sure to leave some slack when connecting to outlets so that they stay plugged in even in harsh weather.


* Don’t Overload: Most lights recommend connecting a maximum of 3 strands to one another to avoid blowing a circuit. Check your box for specific instructions.


* Have a Spotter: If you’re on a ladder, have someone holding onto the bottom of it. Don’t overreach or set the ladder on an uneven surface. If you insist on getting on the roof, research adequate safety equipment and always have someone watching you. If you’re unsure, hire a professional.


* Take Down and Recheck: Leaving your lights out all year will cause deterioration and shorten their lifespan, so take them down when the holiday season comes to an end. When you take them down use the same caution as when you hung them and recheck for damaged wires, lights and plugs.