ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Where a Halloween witch hangs on the wall today, a Christmas wreath soon will be on display.
"I love the holidays," said Kelly Cappelletti, owner of Kelly's Suite II in St. Clairsville. "It's a fun time to decorate and bring a little extra cheer into the home through decorating."
The colors of fall are now on display, but it's also time to start thinking about the transition into holiday decorating and preparing your home before the Christmas tree goes up, she said.
Kelly Cappelletti, owner of Kelly’s Suite II in St. Clairsville, welcomes visitors to the shop.
Holiday preparations usually start with a good cleaning, and maybe some painting. Cappelletti added it's also a good time to get needed renovation projects complete.
New flooring installed now will welcome friends and family visiting in December, and Cappelletti said there are many exciting options. Among the most popular is a ceramic tile floor that offers the look of a hardwood floor, but with the care of ceramic, she noted.
And if one thinks ceramic might be too cold under foot on a frigid morning, Cappelletti said under-the-floor radiant heating is a simple answer.
"Usually it's the man in the family who wants the radiant heat," she quipped.
Small changes in accessories also can transition the home from fall to Christmas, Cappelletti added. Holiday pillows and area rugs can be placed in all living spaces, and new bedding is a good idea for guest rooms where visiting family will sleep. New guest towels and washcloths in the bathroom also freshen up spaces.
Scents in the home also are important, according to Cappelletti, and fall is a good time to stock up on candles and air freshening items. Homeowners also should examine their dining room dishes, glasses and flatware now to see if anything needs replaced prior to holiday entertaining.
This is because the Christmas dinner itself serves a decorative function, Cappelletti added.
"It does in my home," she said.
Still, those fall decorations that hang can be beautiful, Cappelletti acknowledged, and one shouldn't necessarily rush to replace them.
"I think we should wait until at least after Thanksgiving (to place holiday decorations)," Cappelletti said.
"We should enjoy the beauty of the fall season."