Deck the Halls – Part II

‘Tis the season to share a few more tips from some of our holiday decorating projects…….

Decorate Deep Window Sills

Decorate with Wreaths in Nontraditional Places Using a Wreath Stand
Deep Window Sill with Holiday Decor

This extra deep window sill is a focal point in the small library at the Pearl Buck home. Pearl Buck spent most of her childhood in China.  We chose to do a cross cultural design, blending elements from both the Christmas holiday and the Chinese New Year. 

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Deck the Halls – Tree Optional

If you don’t have the space or time for a trimmed tree, here are five alternative decorating ideas. Love trimming your Christmas tree or trees? These five ideas can be used to correlate with the décor of your holiday tree.

Create a Casual Tablescape

Candle holders made from live edge, split firewood
Holiday Tablescape with Rustic Christmas Trees

This 12’ long table displays a grove of trees. Each tree is created from a rustic material; driftwood, rusty jingle bells, cornhusks, and grapevines.  DIY candleholders made from split firewood are the perfect accent. Traditionally table runners are placed running the length of the table. With a table this large a single runner would be lost.  Four runners were used across the width of the table.

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Holiday book includes design by Kathy Appel

Christmas at America's Landmark Homes

I love historic homes and holiday decor, so naturally I was captivated by the cover of this new book.  Christmas at America’s Landmark Houses (Schiffer Publishing $45.00),  written by designer Patricia Hart McMillan and architect David Strahan.  Browsing through the pages, it was a pleasant surprise to find a tree that I designed (page 67).  I immediately procured a copy from the gift shop at Fonthill Castle.  Architectural Digest has featured the book and provides a link for purchase.

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