For each of us there’s a magical
moment when Christmas happens. You simply feel it.
Maybe it’s the familiar melody of a Christmas
carol that awakens your spirit or the moment you stand
back and admire your beautifully lit and decorated
Christmas tree, or maybe it’s when you take your
first sip of spiced eggnog with a delicious, homemade
holiday cookie. Regardless of when your Christmas moment
happens, it lifts your heart and inspires you to welcome
the holidays into your home.
Home is never as comforting as it is during the holiday season. You decorate
your rooms with touches of magic and memories, celebrate meaningful traditions
and extend a gracious welcome to family and friends.Bring your home to life
by decorating a few key areas. Greet visitors at the front door with a festive
holiday wreath or swag made of winter greenery and fragrant evergreen boughs.
Add texture, visual interest and color by embellishing with sprigs of Christmas
holly, eucalyptus branches, delicate baby’s breath, fresh fruit and herbs,
dried flowers, rustic pinecones, holiday ornaments or shimmering ribbons.
When company arrives they’ll feel welcomed at your front door with the
fresh, spicy scent of this glorious, seasonal decoration. A wreath also brings
beauty and a special holiday touch inside. Use your imagination and experiment
with various materials for interior use. Hang in windows, over bedroom doors,
above the fireplace mantel or on a wall to add an extra helping of Christmas
cheer. An entryway is the introduction to your home and should be dressed for
the holidays with a combination of Christmas accessories, swags of garland
and a few of your favorite things. Everyday and holiday treasures displayed
together capture the warmth of Christmas, making a grand entrance and a pleasing
Surprise guests to an entryway decorated
with a child’s wooden rocking horse or a shiny
red wagon brimming with toys, books, plush teddy bears
and dolls. This look themes a playful, old-fashioned
style, or try creating an elegant impact using all
white. Recreate the illusion of a snowy, winter wonderland
by accessorizing your entry with all white flowers,
ribbons, linens, candles and ornaments. White captures
the season’s radiance and reflects everyone’s
longing for a white Christmas!The fireplace mantel
is a natural for holiday decorating. Inspiration is
everywhere. Select a mood or theme then, decorate with
style! Personalize your décor with fresh ideas
and your own creativity.
Try a nostalgic mantel decorated with old family and childhood pictures, antique
accessories, strung cranberries and popcorn laced throughout evergreen branches,
candy canes, muted plaid ribbon, old-fashioned ornaments and a traditional
Old World Santa, and hang mittens instead of Christmas stockings. Create an
experience people will enjoy and they’ll linger, pausing for a second
look.The glow of a candle’s flame draws us to the dining table and is
the perfect option for a holiday centerpiece. It’s simple, graceful and
attractive. Mismatch the shapes, height and character of the holders to create
an inviting table setting. Candles placed on a mirror reflect light and add
warmth to any celebration. Border the mirror with greenery and trim with gold,
starry garland. Candleholders in silver and crystal create a stunning reflection
and soften the silhouette cast by the candles glow. Shiny Christmas ornaments
piled high in a clear glass bowl or pedestal cake plate catch the reflection
and makes a spectacular centerpiece when paired with candles.
Celebrate the season’s magic by decorating with style, opening your doors
to family and friends and sharing the warmth and spirit of the holidays, creating
a meaningful, memorable and personalized Christmas.
Diana specializes in interior arrangement, room design makeovers, color consultations
and relocating services. She has been assisting clients since 1986 and can
be reached by phone at (951)-202-7859, e-mail at email@example.com or
on her Web site, www.foxinteriors.biz.