Refresh & Redo: 11.21.18
What are some nontraditional ways to decorate for the holidays?
For any holiday, start with an inspiration piece—something that really grabs your attention or an item you absolutely love. Then, build your decorating scheme around it. Focus on its color, for example. Find other things that match or coordinate with the inspiration piece’s hue. Let’s say your item is a favorite pink pillar candle. You may find that many decor pieces in your home already have that color in them! Group items together for tabletop displays or centerpieces. The addition of fresh flowers in your favorite shade will assist in making the collection cohesive. Don’t be afraid of adding unusual textures or finishes; they will add dimension and interest to the design.
Adding patterns is another way to create a distinctive look for holiday decorating. Mixing stripes, polka dots and plaids that follow a similar color scheme is a sure bet to grab attention. Add some solid color, and your design will be a showstopper. This look can be achieved with ribbon, throw pillows and other accessories.
And if you really want to make a statement for Christmas, find a silk tree in your favorite color. They are now produced in every hue imaginable, even ombre. Layer color on the tree with ornaments of every shape and size.
— David J. Bovier, owner, Ken Miesner’s Flower Shoppe
Hanukkah. Get creative with your menorah. Go ‘rustic but chic’ with one that mimics the look of tree branches, or take a minimalist approach with something modern and sleek. You also can get crafty and create your own. Finish it off with handmade beeswax candles for a look that’s both stylish and personal. Elsewhere, lighten up the traditional color scheme by introducing the signature blue in small doses. Simple touches like white flowers and votive candles keep everything bright and allow bold accents to shine.
Christmas. Try a natural approach this holiday season. Keep your boxwood or pine garlands and wreaths, but ditch the standard accent ornaments. Instead, use in-season citrus like lemons, tangerines and oranges for a pop of color. Votive candles create soft, natural light to finish off the timeless look. When decorating outside, get creative with where you put your Christmas lights. Drape them around trellises, birdbaths and other landscaping features for seasonal sparkle.
Sources: countryliving.com, elledecor.com, marthastewart.com