Let the Hol­i­day Spirit Flow

Country Sampler - - Thrify Thinking -

Every year, Maryann Roche spends a week or two deck­ing the halls of her cheer­ful Colo­nial home in New Eng­land. “I like to put up a lot of trees,” she notes. “I usu­ally have four in the house and then one on the porch. I try to stay within the prim­i­tive Colo­nial style; I like things to flow from room to room, so to speak.” Here are a few of the ways she keeps things co­or­di­nated:

Be Size Wise.

Choose to use trees of sim­i­lar sizes and heights through­out your home. All of Maryann’s trees have a slim shape; in fact, the din­ing room and mud­room trees are pen­cil trees. That con­sis­tency in the size and sil­hou­ette of each tree, even though they’re all dec­o­rated dif­fer­ently, con­trib­utes to the feel­ing of con­nec­tion be­tween rooms.

Col­lect Con­ti­nu­ity.

If you have a hol­i­day col­lec­tion, whether it’s snow­men or gin­ger­bread houses, show­case bits of it in mul­ti­ple rooms. San­tas and minia­ture bot­tle-brush trees pop up on Maryann’s din­ing room hutch and up­stairs hall­way pie safe. See­ing those sim­i­lar items in dif­fer­ent rooms en­hances both their im­pact and pro­motes dec­o­rat­ing unity.

Dress with Flair.

Trim each tree us­ing a theme that re­flects the color and style of the space in which it’s dis­played. Maryann’s din­ing room tree is adorned with tiny pewter plates that echo plates dis­played on the man­tel, and it fea­tures red berries to re­flect the red wood­work. The liv­ing room tree is decked with orange slices she de­hy­drates her­self— they look like lit­tle jew­els and co­or­di­nate with the mus­tard-col­ored wood trim.

Go Green.

Dis­play ev­er­greens in every room. Drape gar­lands down the stair­case and across man­tels, hutches and pic­tures; tuck sprigs on shelves and ta­ble set­tings; and place minia­ture rings on chan­de­lier lights.

Com­fort­able wing chairs flank the old mus­tard-painted liv­ing room man­tel that is topped by pewter, green­ery, cran­ber­ries and a Colo­nial paint­ing. An an­tique sled with­out its run­ners gives Santa a boost at the base of the fruit- and tin-cov­ered tree.

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