Tips for understated holiday decorating by jmn34bb


									14       FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009                                                                                                                                                 THE DAILY GLEANER

Tips for understated holiday decorating
Scripps Howard News Service

   After years and years of decorating my home and oth-
ers’ for the holidays, I’ve come to this conclusion: I think
Christmas decor looks its best when it’s subtly woven into
our year-round displays, adding just a whisper of the sea-
son in a few key spots, rather than being the centre of the
   Understated displays feel more natural and less con-
trived, and keep your house feeling like a home, not a
Christmas store.
   To pull off an elegant but edited look for the holidays,
all you need to do is add a few fabulous seasonal accents
to your existing decor. Here are a few of my favorite picks
this year.

   Gorgeous greens are the heart of memorable holiday
displays. My favourite is pine garland, loose and lanky and
dotted with pinecones and berries, that looks so real you’d
swear it will drip sap on your furniture.
   Wind some garland around your banister — not in tight,
regular circles, but in random, natural-looking loops.
Weave twists through the arms of your chandeliers. Let a
rope of garland lazily hang off your mantel, cascading to                                                                                         scripps howard news service photo
the floor.                                                      Tasteful: simply adding a garland of winter greens will transform any room for the holidays.
   I also adore lifelike evergreen picks. Cluster them in
urns for crisp and clean winter bouquets. Tuck them into        amazed by how the honeysuckle vine instantly takes on a         I’m crazy about ribbons made from burlap, wool plaid and
the branches of your artificial Christmas tree so it looks      holiday feel when you mix it with evergreen picks and sil-      satin that’s so soft, it wilts and flops, giving it a charming
more natural, or use them to fill in bare spots in your fresh   ver and gold accents.                                           vintage feel.
Christmas tree.                                                   If you want to make the presentation a bit more glamor-          Pick a few ribbon patterns you love to accent your holi-
   For a rustic, organic look, knit your faux greens in with    ous, mist the honeysuckle vine with silver, gold or ice spray   day decor, then use them to hang ornaments from your
the honeysuckle vine you already have up for fall. You’ll be    paint.                                                          chandelier, tie up napkins on your dining table, hang
                                                                                                                                wreaths from the windowsills or turn a plain package into
                                                                                    PINECONES                                   an irresistible present.

                                                                                       I am a huge fan of oversized pine-       GLASS ORNAMENTS
                                                                                    cones because they are both naturally
                                                                                    beautiful and decidedly dramatic. To            I am addicted to Christmas-tree ornaments. Even
                                                                                    glitz up your holiday look, hang glit-      though I already have boxes of balls and baubles, every
                                                                                    ter-covered Sugar Cone pinecones on         year I fall in love with something new and just have to add
                                                                                    your Christmas tree or work them into       it to my collection.
                                                                                    your dining-room centrepiece.                   This year, clear glass ornaments have swept me off my
                                                                                       I also like to include glittered Sugar   feet. Apparently, they’ve had the same effect on everyone
                                                                                    Cones in my exterior displays because,      else, because they are flying out the door at my home-fur-
                                                                                    believe it or not, they are so sparkly,     nishings stores.
                                                                                    you can see them from the street.               You’ll find clear glass ornaments in a myriad of styles,
                                                                                                                                from simple globes etched with a sweet design to oversized
                                                                                    RIBBON                                      works of art that twist and turn and seem to stretch on for-
                                                                                       Beautiful seasonal ribbon is the             The beauty of these versatile ornaments is that they go
                                                                                    crowning touch for holiday decor. Ev-       perfectly with every holiday look, from glamorous and tra-
                                                                                    ery year I like to pick a group of sen-     ditional to playful and contemporary.
                                                                                    sational holiday ribbons to repeat              Cover your tree with glass ornaments to give it a hint of
                                                                                    throughout my displays. This year,          shimmer and shine that doesn’t obscure the tree’s natural
                                                                                                                                                      beauty. Glass ornaments also make a
                                                                                                                                                       perfect backdrop upon which you can
                                                                                                                                                       showcase a few standout ornaments.
                                                                                                                                                          But don’t stop with your tree. Clear
                                                                                                                                                       glass ornaments also look wonderful
                                                                                                                                                       hung by beautiful ribbon from your
                                                                                                                                                       chandelier. You can also suspend them
                                                                                                                                                       from the pine garland or picks deco-
                                                                                                                                                       rating your mantel, slung over your
                                                                                                                                                       doorways or above your windows.
                                                                                                                                                         Mary Carol Garrity is the proprietor of three suc-
                                                                                                                                                     cessful home-furnishings stores and is the author of
                                                                                                                                                     several best-selling books on home decorating. Write
                                                                                                                                                     her at

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