It’s that time of year again, time to prep your humble abode for the holiday season! Interior design expert Jennifer Farrell of Jennifer Farrell Designs joined me for an interview this week to dish on three essentials we all need to prep our home and yard for winter, and a beautiful DIY mason jar project that would be fun to complete on a cold rainy or snowy night from inside the comfort of your own home.
Candace Rose: How can we get our home ready for the holiday season?
Jennifer Farrell: “Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the stress of planning and entertaining our guests, we forget that this is supposed to be a joyous time of year. Save yourself a little stress and stock up early on all those basic essentials that you’re going to need before your guests arrive. Things like wrapping paper and tape, your freezer goods, your cleaning products and your paper supplies like tissue and toilet paper.
Guests can put a real strain on your plumbing system at home during the season. In fact, 70% of Americans say that they’ve dealt with clogs this time of year, that’s why Charmin wants you to enjoy the holidays without the worry and hassle of clogged pipes. Their clog-free promise is ideal for peace of mind because it’s septic safe and Roto-Rooter approved.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any DIY decorating tips to share with us?
Jennifer Farrell: “Yes, once you’re finished stocking up on those essentials, it’s time to start decorating! Mason jars are the hottest trend this season and for good reason – they’re inexpensive and versatile. I’m using mine for votive holders. Just decorate the top with some sparkly garland and drop a candle inside, then you can scatter them around your home for a little festive glow, or you can add a name tag to each and use them for place settings. Plus, they make really good hostess gifts.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything else we can do to prepare our home for the holidays?
Jennifer Farrell: “Well, when I’m decorating outside, I love to use Command Outdoor Medium Slate Terrace Hooks. Their contemporary design features an adhesive strip that is specifically made for outdoor weather use. It’s great on smooth surfaces! I arranged hooks in the shape of a tree (on a door) added an ornament to each one and then topped it off with a bow (please see video above for details), plus their unique stretch release technology allows the hooks to hold strongly, then remove cleanly so there’s no damage or residue left behind. That means once you take everything down at the end of the season, you can use it again next year.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Jennifer Farrell: “Well, decorating outdoors is well and good, but it doesn’t mean much if you can’t even get up to the front door to see it. If you’re in a cold weather climate, now is the time to start stocking up on your snow essentials. Things like a de-icer and a snow blower – the Snow Joe iON snow blower is the most convenient and powerful way to clean up snow this holiday season without any oil, gas or cords. Its lightweight design features an eco-friendly rechargeable lithium ion battery that offers up to 50 minutes of powerful runtime. That’s perfect for most driveways and sidewalks. Get yours now because as you know, once that snow hits snow blowers notoriously sell out very quickly.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?