Decking the halls for the holidays

By | November 29, 2006 12:00 am

Missy Jones
For those who love the holiday atmosphere created by a beautifully decorated room, but either lack the ability or time to create it, the team of professional decorators at Jongee’s Fine Gifts and Furnishings can help out by offering helpful tips.
According to Elizabeth Hale, interior designer at Jongee’s, glass containers and globes are “big” this year.
“They have multi-function,” said Hale. “You can add a candle or use it to serve out of throughout the year, and for Christmas you can add glass balls, fresh greenery, fresh fruit or a festive candle. Jongee has beautiful floral picks and candles.”
Hale suggested frosting fruit by applying egg whites and finely granulated sugar. She also said bagged snow adds a holiday touch to any arrangement.
“Glass beaded garland is a great decorating feature this year,” said Hale.
“Add it around a candle, and you have instant Christmas. It adds that extra pop.”
Hale and Selby Seals are Jongee’s top decorators, and they specialize in professional home decorating.
“We take the customer from where they are, get a feel for their home and what will fit their style and personality and create a really nice custom look,” said Hale. “You don’t have to go to Nashville or a big city to find the look you want.”
Holiday decorating on a budget
For those who love to decorate and for those who just love Christmas decorations, finding fun easy decorating ideas can be affordable as well as enjoyable.
1. The first step is to set a theme and a color scheme. Having a plan in mind will help you create with purpose
2. Remove your everyday decorations to make room for your festive creation.
3. Use left over white tree lights around the ceiling and windows to add sparkle and softness.
4. Garland is a great decorating tool. Wrap banisters, mantels, porches, anywhere you want a rustic holiday feel
5. Place a few leftover glass ball ornaments in a glass bowl of vase
6. Red ribbon is inexpensive and is the epitome of Christmas, so don’t hesitate to tie, tie, tie.
7. Place a collection of Christmas books on the coffee table.
8. Add the scent of Christmas by tying cinnamon sticks together and placing in baskets around your home.
9. Paint the tips of pinecones or magnolia leaves gold, and place in baskets, vases or on the mantel with garland.
10. Nothing invites Christmas into a home like the sound of carols, so play your favorite Christmas music often.
The holidays pass quickly, and soon you may wish you had enjoyed the sounds of the season a little more.

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