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Get In the Spirit! Holiday Decorating

The holidays are just around the corner and if you’re looking for ways to decorate beyond the traditional trappings, then here are a few great ideas for your consideration.

Consider your lighting!
Is your family one that does Thanksgiving in a big way? Then you may want to consider making some changes to traditional accent lamps with white or cream colored shades. Perhaps a lampshade style in one of today’s rich harvest hues would be the perfect “new” accent. Rich gold shades, for instance, will cast a beautiful warm glow throughout any room. On the other hand, if you enjoy going all out for Christmas, you might want to exchange your current lampshades for ones with red or green shades. This kind of lighting design can be particularly appropriate in a room already decked out in a red and green color scheme.

Beautiful Tabletops!
Today, fresh is in! So why not consider decorating your holiday table with a beautiful fresh flower arrangement? Even floating a few carefully chosen flowers in a beautiful ceramic or fine art glass bowl would definitely help your tabletop take center stage.

At Thanksgiving time, a beautifully designed bowl might be carefully filled with nature’s bounty of squash, gourds, and miniature pumpkins. Or you could even take a more decorative approach and fill your centerpiece bowl with seed studded balls in a variety of colors. And at Christmas time, this same bowl could then be filled with glass balls mixed with gold and silver leafed fruit, and even foods that reflect the shades of the season, like artichokes and pomegranates.

To complete your table settings, take a cue from the objects you’ve used to fill your decorative bowl to designate each place setting. If, for instance, miniature pumpkins are a part of your thanksgiving mix, give each guest his or her own. Carve out the centers and use them as mini-vases for appropriately scaled flowers. Or make openings large enough to accommodate votive candles. The same concept works equally well with artichokes for Christmas settings. You might even feature seasonally-themed stationery as place cards, finishing each one with a keepsake stickpin.

Glowing Candles!
If one pair of candlesticks on your fireplace mantle is good, then a collection is even better. If you collect crystal, for example, pull together a grouping in all shapes and sizes, old and new. Add candles of varying heights and you’re ready to set a romantic holiday mood in any room. And as the seasons change, simply change the color of your candles! Don’t be afraid to mix and match the style of your candlesticks either. An eclectic collection invariably says something about your personal style – something that’s sure to make any holiday decorating scheme more memorable!

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Lori Wawczak, Decorating Den Interiors
Lockport, IL 60441

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