Decorate for the Holidays Like a Pro

December 7, 2013 Updated: December 7, 2013

Holiday theme – traditional

Designed by: Heather Segreti of Segreti Design 

The goal: Creating synergy between outdoor and indoor holiday décor.

The look created:
 I wanted to ensure that the outdoor decorative urns that flank the homeowner’s front entrance would closely resemble the tree in her family room. I achieved this by purchasing additional decorative ornaments and carrying the same theme and colour palette from the front exterior entrance to the indoors. The urns at the front door are filled with faux topiary that resemble a boxwood plant. I paired this with live greenery that is placed into the soil at the base of the planter. I then secured the decorative ornaments in place by attaching wire to the ornaments and to the boxwood tree frame.

Tip: Always keep in mind that the impression you create at the door should continue as your guests enter your home. This gold and cream décor theme worked well for the homeowner. She adored the decorative stockings for her three lovely girls over the mantel that act as more of a conversation piece than anything else.

Styling secret:
 If you have silver and grey tones as part of your colour palette, then keep your décor “silver and grey.” It will look fantastic with accents of polished chrome and glass.

Source guide:
• Stockings: Pier 1 Imports 
• Christmas tree: Sheridan Nurseries 
• Christmas decorations: Floridus Design Images 
• Accessories: Global Views; Arteriors; Chapters; Imports Canada 

Holiday theme – modern

Designed by: Michelle Pollock and Brenda Brix of AMR Design

The goal:
 Putting a modern twist on a traditional holiday colour scheme.

The look created: The designers came up with this look by taking traditional holiday themes and giving them a modern twist. They also used typography and colour blocking. The usual holiday colour scheme of red, white, and green was made modern with hues such as lime green and bright red, as opposed to the deeper, traditional shades.

Styling secret:
 When you are thinking about decorating, what says “holiday” to you? Answer that and you’ll have a springboard for inspiration throughout your home.

Source guide:
• 12’ tree: Canadian Tire 
• Round pearl mirror: HomeSense 
• Dubois wall mirror; Spin vases and candle holders; Doulder flatware; Harper dinnerware; Tour wine glasses; Tilt vase: Crate and Barrel 
• Dining chair slip covers: Ikea 
• Stag head treetopper: HomeSense 
• Planters arranged by: Hypnotic Bloom 

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