Holiday Decorating – Joy or Chore?
By Sharon McCormick, Allied ASID
Holiday decorating can either be a joy or a chore. If you’re in the latter camp, using a designer can be a big relief. Each year for certain clients, we design new holiday deorations, re-use the old, and deck the halls! One client goes to Florida the day after Thanksgiving, and when she returns to Connecticut her entire house has been transformed into a winter wonderland. The tree is up and decorated, the garlands and wreaths are hung, and tabletops have been transformed. When she walks in, even new candles are in place just waiting to be lit.
Here are a few of our holiday decorating tips.
1. Start the excitement on the outside. Decorate your front dooor or entry so invitingly that your guests can’t wait to get inside. On this Georgian colonial, traditional Williamsburg-type decorations include a fruited fan over the front door.
2. 1. Don’t fight a room’s color scheme – enhance it. Sharon McCormick Design created this manteldecor for a client that plays up the room’s beautiful blue wall color with silvery tones.
3. This is no time to hold back! An abundance of greens and other natural elements celebrates the season, and can remain as winter decorations.
4. The mantel is always a focal point, so give it special attention. If you have collectibles, such as my client’s gold pheasants, which can be worked into the scheme so much the better.
In the vein of no fuss, no muss, we also return to take down and store the decorations, returning rooms to their original condition. I really wish someone would do this for me!
Sharon McCormick Design