By Vickie Williamson, Custom Framer and Interior Designer
The holiday season, with its opportunities to decorate, is my favorite time of year. It’s become a family tradition to go in the attic and pull out all the boxes of holiday décor just a few days after Thanksgiving. It’s a time to pack away some of the everyday and bring out the glitzy, over-the-top seasonal items. Some are sweet and made by my children. Others are handed down from previous generations. Some are just tacky, but loved.
Key points to remember when decorating this holiday season:
- Less is more. Think “understated elegance.” A few strings of lights and garland can add the perfect touch of sophistication. Most commonly these are added to the front door, stairways and hearths. Spice up the garland with flowers, bows and natural elements.
- Color is key. I may be picky, but for me the holiday décor should coordinate with my home’s color scheme. I’ve made color-coordinated tree skirts, floral arrangements and other decorations. Ribbons and bows are carefully chosen to complement the room. Yes, I even match the wrapping. I especially like gift bags because they can be reused. My family knows this and accepts it lovingly.
- Make it fun. Many families cherish taking that ride to find the perfect “real” tree. For others, getting the box out and fluffing the limbs of the smushed-up artificial tree is just as enjoyable. I recommend gardening gloves and long sleeves for this. If you can, get the kids involved. Put on your favorite holiday music or movie. Adding hot chocolate or another treat might help get the rest of the family interested, too.
Whatever holiday traditions you may choose, enjoy this time of year and the shared time with loved ones. Happy holiday decorating.
Prince William resident Vickie Williamson owns Fine Design Custom Framing & Interiors in Woodbridge. She has worked in the fine art, framing and decorating industry for more than 25 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.