I'm fortunate enough to have several clients for whom I do the holiday decorations, and one of my favorite client quotes is "I love it when you make Christmas happen" which she always exclaims in one medium or another upon arriving home after I have been at the house installing.
I have been doing homes for the holidays professionally for over 25 years, and participated in numerous Holiday Showhomes, and fundraisers over the years and here I'm going to share some of my basic tips and tricks to get your holiday decorating plan moving. Or if you've already decorated, perhaps a little tweaking is in order....and you should always plan for next year too, since the leftover items will be drastically reduced after the 25'th!
1. It doesn’t have to be a Christmas tree- it can be Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Chrismakwannukah or anything else you want it to be.
|Kurt Adler Dreidel Ornament|
|THE MKEKA, MSHUMAA, KINARA, AND MUHINDI MAKE UP THIS KWANZAA TABLE|
2. It isn't just red and green for the Holidays anymore! Feel free to use the colors of your year round decor to create wonderful holiday festivity, or just pic coordinating colors and have fun!
|Chartreuse, lavender,and pink add a retro vibe to this Holiday tree.|
3. It’s ok to have a tree with no decorations other than lights. A prelit artificial tree can be a beautiful simple symbol of the holidays.
4. Pick a theme for your tree and use 5-9 (for a 6-7 ft tree) ornaments within the theme per 1/4 side of the tree. Then stop in at a local store and grab boxes of coordinated colored glass balls (often at 1/2 off!) to fill in the empty spaces. Then add some garland or ribbon or even tulle fabric to complete the tree..
Musical instrument themed trees, old 45 records, designer shoes, bowties, eyeglasses, toys …,Be creative. Ornaments are available to fit every theme, or try household items like kitchen utensils, perfume bottles etc.
5. Ribbon, bows, and simple glass balls make a beautiful tree if you are just starting your family, or this is your first tree. Many family traditions include purchasing an ornament for each family member every year to add to the tree.
6. Fill glass bowls, and vases with multicolored glass balls to carry the color and sparkle around the room.
7. Pick focal points around your rooms, and add small "vignettes" of decorations, based on the theme of your tree. This little bit will create continuity, and mentally remind your subconscious of the tree. Colored bows, sprigs of greenery, glass balls all work well.
8. Add sprigs of greenery, bows, and other size appropriate items to your chandeliers, balconies, and stair railings. Swagged garland is a favorite for stairs!
9. Remember to add timers for indoor and outdoor lighting, (savings can be big!).
10. Don't forget your sense of smell! Mix live with artificial garland if your allergies can stand it. There is nothing like the smell of fresh cut Christmas greenery to set the stage for Santa! If live is too much for you, artificial is great but include candles in bayberry, cinnamon, peppermint, and winterforest throughout the home!
There are also several wonderful non aerosol sprays available now. Stay away from supermarket fragrances ie. Glade, etc., as they smell artificial, and like you are trying to cover something up.
11. Don't throw away all your older decorations. Sift through and see what you can reuse. Usually at least 25% of the old stuff can be redesigned.
12. Enjoy the Love, Beauty, Wonder, and Glory of the Season!