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As an Interior Designer, I’m often
asked to decorate homes for the holidays. I was given the delightful task of
decorating a large living room and designing the dining room table. Although
the rooms are not yet complete, these are photos of
some of the elements I’m using.
Decorating large spaces for the
holidays for entertaining large gatherings requires a lot of merchandise to
make an impact. My choice for this more traditional home is natural greenery and
red poinsettia with berries, pine cones, plaid metallic ribbons and sparkling ornaments.
I’m including lots of battery operated pillar candles (for safety) and clear lights.
Illuminated garlands and swags are draped around door frames and on mantles. The
home owners don’t want to tend to a real fire, so I’m stacking a dozen or more
pillar candles in the fire box. Each of the oversized windows will have a wreath,
each trimmed with wide ribbons. We’re deliberating whether the space can
accommodate more than one tree – one on each side of the rectangular room.
In the dining room, I’m shifting the
style, going for a “Winter Wonderland” look with white table cloths, the hosts’
best silver, and crystal stemware. Hanging from the chandelier, white and clear
ornaments will add extra sparkle, and I’m replacing the lamps on the buffet
with candelabras with white tapered candles. For the centerpiece, I’m using
glittered pillar candles of various heights placed among pine cones sprayed
white with silver and gold edges. This is a low profile design so guests across
the table can see one another. Place holders are tiny white boxes tied with
gold ribbon in ceramic that guests can take home and hang on their tree.
Holiday design choices are endless. This
is just one of many. I’m using “Dreaming of a White Christmas” for my own home.
(Look for the video on the right side of the page)
Use your imagination…look through the magazines. This time of year, they’re bursting
with ideas. Robin Lechner Designs offers holiday decorating services from designing,
to shopping and installation if you need help.
Email me at robin@robinlechnerdesigns
with your questions or comments.