you a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist who decorates for the holidays
exclusively in red and green? Or perhaps you yearn to experiment with
a new style and color scheme, but arenít sure just how to reconcile
your existing things with a new look. Local decorating experts are
here to help you find your holiday decorating personality.
Christmastime, many of us like to be surrounded by things that remind
us of our past," says Kristin Severson, co-owner of The Lemon
Tree in Mequon. "You may have classic red and green and plaid
decorations, charming glass ornaments on the tree, evergreen wreaths
with big red bows in the windows, and garlands on the stairway
bannister," she says. Collections of old toys, nutcrackers or
snow globes can be placed in vignettes on tabletops or the mantle.
"These collectibles have more of an impact if they are grouped
together. But you donít have to display every piece in your
collection. "Bring out different items every year to make it
new," says Dan Moorehead of Moorehead & Rhodes in Mequon.
"Collectibles can also make a great tablescape for a holiday
meal," he adds.
you have a favorite style, it isnít necessary to buy new things
every year," Moorehead says. "You can use what you already
have, but add something new. For example, change the green in your
color scheme to chartreuse or lime green. Youíd be surprised at the
difference it makes."
If you prefer
your decorations served up without a lot of fluff, you might be a
minimalist. Minimalist style can work equally well for a contemporary
or a country style house. "Instead of a big tree, consider
natural foliage like a potted evergreen tree or just place a branch
from your yard in a large vase and decorate with pinecones and
ribbons. Use displays of fruits and nuts for color and scent, and
candles always add warmth," suggests Jessica Arendas of Susan
Fredman Design Group in Whitefish Bay. Create a centerpiece by tying
evergreens together with raffia and putting them in clear glasses, or
hang greenery boughs with ribbon from a chandelier. To avoid clutter,
take down a picture and replace it with a fragrant wreath. Remove
items from tables to make room for a Christmas poinsettia.
While the term
kitsch might refer to the tacky or tasteless, collectors of Christmas
kitsch from the 1950s to 1970s donít care. If you love kitsch, donít
hide, express yourself! "We are seeing aluminum trees with the
spinning color wheel that were popular in the í60s and other items
like big lights and toys from those years," Arendas says. Bring
out the pastel garlands, the plastic pixies and Santas, stuffed elves
and reindeer, and take your family and friends on a quirky journey
back in time. "If you arenít sure of your style, tear out
pictures from magazines, then pick out the things that you like,"
What could be as
simple and calming as white Christmas dťcor? This style can work well
in a small apartment as well as a large house. "White candles
inside hurricane lamps and an arrangement of potted paper whites on
the mantle or a table make a beautiful statement," Severson says.
"Charming white ornaments on a snow-flocked tree covered with
white lights is a classic look," she adds. Hang white velvet and
lace stockings on the fireplace or the bedpost. Place a cotton or
organza runner and china bowls of glass ornaments on your dining
table. Toss a furry white throw on your sofa and youíre ready for a
white Christmas dream.