PH Design’s Guide to the Holidays 2020

December 16, 2020

PH Design’s Guide to the Holidays 2020

Check out our sampling of creative ideas for holiday decorating and gift giving. If you are taking an eco-conscious approach to this holiday season, we have some helpful tips for an environmentally friendly celebration. So let’s get planning, make some memories, and start a few new traditions along the way!


How-to video – fireplace mantel decorating

Easy, homemade, DIY holiday gifts

Creative and eco-friendly gift wrapping



The mantel and hearth are at the heart of a winter living space. But the warmth doesn’t just come from a crackling fire or time spent with loved ones – décor choices can also have a huge impact on the ambiance of your holiday festivities. Our interior design team does a great job explaining the concepts at play while offering tips to make decorating your fireplace mantel easy and enjoyable. 

Learn how to decorate your fireplace mantel in style by watching our brief tutorial video below!


This holiday season, our family and friends mean more than ever. We all want to show our love through meaningful gifts, and what could be more memorable than something handmade? But if you search online for DIY gift ideas, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So we’ve made it easy. Here are a few great ideas that are easy to make and feature items you might already have at home. With easy-to-make gift ideas like these, you can spend more time and energy on family and loved ones. So let your creativity shine through – you just might find a new hobby for the cold months ahead!

Simple, elegant candle holders • Mason jar hot cocoa mixes

Mason jar candle holder Hot cocoa with little marshmallow snowmen Mason jar hot cocoa mix

Hot Cocoa Recipe:

- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup instant dried milk
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
- Lots of mini marshmallows!

 Mint sugar scrub

Recipe for mint sugar scrub with coconut, by PH Design, home builders specializing in custom home design and construction in Canton, Ohio

Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe:

- 1 Tbsp peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 2 cups organic cane sugar
- 1 drop green food coloring


Spending time outdoors brought many of us peace and solace this year. Let’s give back to nature by gifting and decorating responsibly. The holidays always bring a demand for single-use gift wrap and décor items. But this year can be different! Here are a few creative ways to keep your impact on the planet low, while still enjoying a fun and stylish holiday. An eco-friendly holiday can get your creative juices flowing and set you up for a new outlook in the new year. Let us know if you try these or other ideas to reduce or reuse – we’d love to see how your creations turn out!

  1. Use artsy newspaper and magazine gift wrapping
  2. Try “Furoshiki” – the Japanese art of fabric wrapping
  3. Conserve energy with LED lights
  4. Opt for recyclable paper wrapping

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping



We are so happy for the holidays to finally be here – it’s a time of year to reflect and find joy where we can. Even though it has been a challenging year, the 2020 Christmas season can still be a source of comfort and inspiration. We’re going to take the opportunity to find new ways to celebrate and relish the things we’re grateful for. We sincerely hope the same for you and your family and wish you all the best this holiday season – keep safe and be well!

PH Design is a team of home builders based in the Canton, Ohio area. We specialize in home design and custom construction, as well as home remodeling. Contact us today to get started on the building process with us, or call us at (330) 777-0138.