Christmas is Here

Putting in action your plan to have a warm Christmas room.

First – put away your everyday decorative items. If you combine them the result is overbearing.

Second – storage your everyday décor in the Christmas boxes. You will find them all in one place after the season is over.

Guests feel invited into the heart of the home if you simplify the [scene] and punctuate it with meaningful holiday décor.

Visual Evaluation “With tinsel, glitter, bright colors and lights, I always feel that holiday décor can turn out disastrous without a little pre-planning,” said Boston interior decorator Taniya Nayak.

Solution – Set up vignettes around meaningful pieces, she suggested. “Give your displays a little breathing room between each set.”


Traditional or complimenting your main hues in the Room?

“Traditional holiday color schemes—Christmas equals red, green and white, and Hanukkah means blue and white—are overused,” said Kristen Ekeland of Chicago design firm Studio Gild.

Take another look at the room you are about to decorate. Fiona Leonard, a Darien, Conn., designer, pointed out that introducing red and green into some homes “creates a jarring, clashing effect.”.

If you have tones that red and green will not showcase, is time to breathe and consider “Gold and silver metallics, cozy whites, furs and neutrals or rustic patterns are all great alternatives,” said Ms. Ekeland.


Keeping your greens GREEN

“I often see fresh wreaths and garland not properly prepped,” said Naples, Fla., designer Renée Gaddis. “In a short time they become dry and brittle.”

Solution“Soak garland and wreaths for 24 hours in a tub of water, drain and air dry,” said Ms. Gaddis. “Once dry, spray them with plant preserver such as Wilt Pruf.”


A no… NO!

“A big mistake people make is not changing up the way they decorate with the same holiday items each year,” said New York designer Libby Langdon. “After a while people get burned out because it becomes a chore.”

You can do it!  “Reimagine a new design with the same decorations,” she advised. “Just because you had a garland over a door last year doesn’t mean you can’t drape it over a mantle or down the middle of your dining table this year.”


LED lights

“Many people unknowingly buy LED lights without considering the temperature of the bulbs,” said Sag Harbor, N.Y., designer Allison Babcock. “White blue-hued LED lights not only create a cold feeling, they are often hard on the eyes.”

Consider  -“Cast a warm light by purchasing LEDs with a temperature of 3,000k or less.”



The Christmas aroma

“Overpowering scented candles are very unappealing,” said Los Angeles interior designer Lisa Lerner.

How about  – “Pick one that’s made with either soy or beeswax and a high concentration of essential oils,” Ms. Lerner recommended. “They give off a natural scent.”


The children have their own Families and your Partner is not with You

Bring back all those good memories.

Choose the room you like  to decorate and make it your Christmas Room. Let it be an expression of joyful moments, maybe a marvelous time to send an email or write a note to those that had crossed your path of life and let them know how warmly you remember them.




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