December SMART Design Tips

The holidays bring lots of activities and (sometimes) lots of snow! Even if you live where it’s warm all year, here are some SMART tips to bring a bit of Winter Wonderland indoors.

Start with the tree:  Real or Faux, flocking is a must. Think white twinkle lights in snowflake or star shapes and white, clear or frosted glass, ornaments for the next layer. Silver or metallic ornaments also work well to offer some white reflection. Traditional tinsel or snowflake or star garlands adds sparkle to the season.

Include textural interest to bump up the monochromatic scheme. Wrap the tree in white feather-boa garlands and fill in the gaps with frilly feathery plumes and an assortment of snowy-white birds for a surprising look.

Make some Mantle Magic:  Layer with a sheet of fluffy cotton or pine bough garlands – real or artificial. Then, like the tree, flock it with spray-on “snow” – flakes or sparkles.

Create a wonderland scene with a grouping of miniature trees- white, silver, metallic, lighted, or whatever. Add in goodies like reindeer, angels, flowers (in white or metallic vases), mini-wrapped gifts or candles.

Swap out over-the-mantle artwork for a dramatic white wreath, or layer it in front of a mantle mirror. Finish off the look by hanging white stockings awaiting Santa.

Add some room accents:  Decorate generously with white poinsettias. Place them on the hearth, in the front entry hall and use them to adorn the rooms in unexpected places.

Have the kids join in the fun by making white paper snowflakes. String them into garlands or hang as singles in the windows, from the tree or mantle or in between the holiday card display. Let the kids decide where to sprinkle their snow.

Carry the sparkle to the seating. It goes without saying, gotta have white throw pillows and a fluffy throw on the sofa or chair. Pick ones with some silver beading or tiny mirrors, white on white texture or silver painted greetings.

Remember the dining table:  Get elegantly crazy and lay down the white damask cloth & napkins. Then layer on the ivory dishes and crystal glassware.  Cover chairs with white slipcovers adorned with white bows or individual wreaths.

Create a stunning centerpiece of white orchids bursting from a crystal glass holder or duplicate the look created on your mantle or tree. Go more natural with a huge bowl or tureen filled with snowy pine cones or a vase with white birch branches or snow-flocked holly berries and branches.

Decorate the overhead light fixture by adding hanging crystals, some snowflake garland or a plethora of white ornaments.

Treat your Sweet Tooth:  Round up some oversized apothecary jars and fill with winter sweet-treats like marshmallows, meringue coated nuts, yogurt covered cranberries, white candy mints or white-chocolate covered pretzels.

Make white-popcorn snowballs, wrap in clear plastic paper and tie with a little white bow. Set them out in a bowl to grab-on-the-go or add a nametag and use as a place-setting item.

The ultimate treat – a fountain flowing with white chocolate!