50, 25, 12 days of Christmas: Home decorating ideas as Ikea Philippines opens Christmas Shop

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50, 25, 12 days of Christmas: Home decorating ideas as Ikea Philippines opens Christmas Shop


Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo – Philstar.com

October 15, 2022 | 12:56 am

MANILA, Philippines – Aside from Manny Pacquiao, balut and hospitality, the Philippines is known worldwide for starting Christmas as early as September.

With Christmas beats bouncing and Jose Mari Chan’s songs and memes filling the air and cyberspace, many Filipinos have been asking: Should I decorate so early for Christmas?

Here are some decorating ideas to get you in the holiday spirit at home – and as Christmas approaches, you can just add more elements to amp up the festivity!

50 Days to Christmas: Start a Winter Wonderland

During this time, you may feel the urge to shop early to take advantage of lower introductory prices and fresh inventory, and to avoid lines and heavy holiday traffic. But also, it might feel a little awkward because you still have to decorate for a more immediate holiday: Halloween!

The key is to create a base or a foundation starting with year-round ornaments that have subtle Christmas colors—the same accents you can probably keep even after Christmas is over because they can blend well with other timeless pieces. It is also a more economical way than buying accessories that you can only use at Christmas.

Since there is no winter in the Philippines, start building the excitement with a winter fantasy! Here are some ways:

1. Build a terrarium with plants in subtle shades of red and green.

Does it feel too early to have a Christmas tree or is there no room for it? A less “Christmassy” way is to first build a terrarium using a combination of artificial and live plants — live plants for freshness and it gives happiness to see something growing; and artificial as background and substitute for dried live.

Alternatively, you can add plants with hints of red to your existing garden, such as Pink Starlight and Red Forest mini potted plants from Ikea Philippines’ gardening department, for a subtle touch of Christmas all year round.

WATCH: DIY terrarium

Red Forest (left) and Pink Starlight plants that you can add to your terrarium for a subtle Christmas touch, although not found at Ikea Philippines’ Christmas Store, but from its gardening section.

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Ikea Philippines’ Christmas Store offers a wide variety of bare-knuckled trees and tree prints – you can just change the pots to red for a more Christmas feel.

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These mini pine trees, which come in sets of three, are waterproof, so they’re versatile enough to sit anywhere – from gardens to bathrooms, and even as mini Christmas trees in a children’s playhouse!

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This pocket hydroponic herb garden, put together during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, gets a holiday upgrade, thanks to the addition of small ripe pine trees from Ikea Philippines’ Christmas store.

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The Christmas Shop has artificial poinsettias (left) that you can attach to anything for an instant holiday touch – from gift ribbons to curtains and a contrasting grass wall or rug (right).

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This wreath, from the Ikea store’s gardening section, comes in fall colors that evoke a mistletoe or a cabin-house-in-a-snowy-woods feeling that tries to say, “Christmas is near, but not there yet.”

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2. Dress up your goodies.

When not mixed together, these green and red container cans can pass as cookie or candy bottles for any occasion.

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These stackable trays (left) and two-tiered trays (centre and right) are from the Christmas Shop, yet they come in all-season colors and motifs that make everyday food extra special, no matter what the occasion.

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Accents in natural colors and rich textures like this dark green rug (left) from the Ikea store’s rug department and bamboo bowls from the dining area (right) help add a warm cabin-home feel to any space.

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3. It starts to smell like Christmas!

Start getting into the holiday spirit with scented candles in “not-so-Christmas” tins from the Christmas Store (below) and potpourri from the store’s gardening section (above) that you can spread in your terrarium or candle bowls, or hang in satin bags for extra freshness in your bathroom.

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25 days until Christmas: Spice it up!

By now, Halloween is over and there’s no need to mix your subtle reds and greens and wood elements with cobwebs and skulls.

As a starter for your Christmas celebrations, you can add another layer of cheer through more light and subtle Christmas themed ornaments.

Let there be light: A single giant candle (left) or an LED candlestick (right) can help ignite the Christmas spirit.

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The Filipino tradition of parole making is the Christmas Shop’s DIY lanterns (right) which can be a great bonding activity.

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Dress up your little trees (left) with Christmas balls and/or LED Christmas lights (middle). Small paper trees (right) without decorations also give a Christmas feel, but not too much.

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Christmas symbols not in typical red and green, but in sustainable bamboo, also hint that Christmas is near.

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Accents in different sizes and in reindeer and horse shapes, made from sustainable materials such as wood (left), cork (centre) and bamboo (right).

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Start the Christmas dress rehearsal in your sofa by combining green and red throw pillows (left) and in your kitchen by glassware with Christmas signs (right).

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These framed three-dimensional paper art and figurines are like a “save the date” reminder for Christmas.

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White Christmas cutouts (left) and a paper Christmas village (right) are more sustainable and more energy-efficient options for ceramics. They are also easier to assemble, move, clean and pack away.

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12 days of Christmas: Santa is here!

Wake up your interior — it’s Christmas time!

By now you can go all out with Christmas themed linens, decor, and bright red and green combinations!

Stuffed Santas in various sizes – from clip-ons (left) to giant huggables (right)

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Fuel the Christmas explosion with wreaths in gold and metal balls.

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Decorate the halls with lightweight and economical Christmas symbols such as glass stockings (left), paper cup streamers (above, right) and Christmas balls for any tree size.

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This snow globe (left), tree-shaped box (center), and reindeer rocking chair are great for gifting or decorating.

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Gift tags (left) and bags that can be used either as wrapping paper or as decorations for Christmas trees and whatnot.

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Some of Ikea’s sample Christmas setups

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Christmas trees in various sizes (left) – and soon live trees will be added to the mix! This gold star (right) may look like any traditional Christmas tree topper – but it’s lightweight and made to be more sustainable with its built-in LED lights and optional rechargeable batteries.

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