These books can help you add the perfect holiday flair to your home
“Celebrating Home: Decorating for the Holidays and Seasons,” by Patrick Regan (hardcover, Watson-Guptill Publications, 2005, 144 pages, $29.95). More than ever, the home is the emotional focal point of the American family. From New Year’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Fourth of July and Halloween to Christmas Day, each holiday presents the chance to create dozens of easy-to-do decorating projects and craft ideas that will enhance any home and make it the emotional touchstone we long for.
“Decorating with Evergreens,” by Robert Waite (hardcover, Gibbs Smith, 2011, 128 pages, $24.99). Celebrate with the lushness of evergreens.This book is packed with ideas for decorating for the holidays, combining fresh flowers, fruit and live greenery to create beautiful wreaths, swags, garlands, centerpieces, Christmas trees and more.
“Christmas in America: a Photographic Celebration of the Holiday Season,” by Peter Guttman (hardcover, Skyhorse Publishing, 2011, 176 pages, $24.95). With stunning images and illuminating text, award-winning photographer Guttman offers a dazzling overview of the wintry landscapes, traditions, ceremonies, spectacles and pastimes of the holiday season throughout the United States.
“Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations,” by Martha Stewart Living (hardcover, Potter Craft, 2011, 365 pages, $24.99). Let Martha inspire your creativity with the most beautiful crafts.The handmade projects include cards and greetings, decorations, gifts and gift wrapping, tabletop accents, party favors, and kids crafts, as well as more holiday-specific activities such as egg dyeing, pumpkin carving, and tree trimming. Each idea is sure to make the holidays more festive — and memorable.
“Christmas with the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama,” by Coleen Christian Burke (hardcover, Insight Editions, 2011, 160 pages, $29.95). No home in America celebrates Christmas quite like the White House, which has warmly welcomed celebrities, dignitaries and hardworking Americans and epitomized the Christmas spirit. And behind each holiday celebration is a first lady who lends her own style and grace to the festivities. Includes anecdotes and intimate photos of the presidential families during the holiday season, as well as personal crafts and recipes used by the first ladies.