Enjoy the holidays! Tips to make your home holiday ready!

It’s hard to believe that we’re staring down the last few weeks of 2021 already! Sometimes these holiday weeks can feel a bit overwhelming with visitors, baking, cooking and decorating, so here are some of our favorite tips and tools to help make it easier! We want you to enjoy the holidays!

Invest in a large cutting board.

If you’re like most people, your cutting board could probably use an upgrade! Not only is a large board great for meal prep, but it’s perfect for carving meats, or charcuterie! Catskill Woodworks has some beautiful hand made boards that you might not want to ever put away! They also can teach you how to take care of your wood with oils, making sure it’s something you’ll love for years. (These also make perfect gifts and can be customized!)

Take some time to organize your kitchen!

If it’s an area you’ve neglected for a while, starting slow is a perfect way to bring some zen into your baking space. Drawer organizers let you corral those measuring cups, kitchen towels and cooking tools so that you can see exactly what you have. (These are some of our favorites from iDesign!) Once you’ve tackled the drawers, grab some OXO pop containers for your most used baking supplies. We love them for flours, sugars, chocolate chips and cereals. Their clever design keeps your supplies fresh and the clear containers let you see exactly how much you have – hopefully eliminating emergency shopping trips!

Keep it simple!

Christmas decor doesn’t have to be over the top! Grab some fresh balsam garlands and wreaths, ribbon and voila! You’ll have beautiful and recyclable holiday decorations. If you want a little extra sparkle, weave in some battery powered fairy lights!

A log home decorated for the holidays with greenery and red ribbon


A bar in a Beaver Mountain timber home with 4 stools set for entertaining. Stone fireplace and glass elevator is in the background.Lastly, Enjoy!

Take the time to slow down and enjoy the little moments. Create a space in your home that makes you happy. Maybe that’s a coffee bar filled with your favorite coffee (we love Upstate Coffee), a bar stocked with your favorite cocktail ingredients or a small group of shelves with your favorite books. When the hustle and bustle of the holidays seem to push everyone too fast, taking a minute helps ground you and lets you enjoy the holidays a little more!