Make it Glow

In­te­rior de­signer Dawn Hearn shares a few tips for cre­at­ing the perfect invit­ing Christmas look for your home.

Victorian Homes - - Contents - By El­iz­a­beth T. Pardo

Cre­ate a warm Christmas look by adding per­sonal touches.

THE HANDS-ON AP­PROACH Some­times, the Christmas items you find in a store just don’t fit your perfect hol­i­day dé­cor. “If you can’t find the right fit for a tree skirt, make your own,” Dawn says. “We of­ten just pur­chase sev­eral yards of vel­vet, linen or burlap to wrap around the base of the tree.” This look can be adapted for slim or fuller trees, and no sewing is re­quired.

LIGHT UP THE HOL­I­DAYS Can­dles can add a beau­ti­ful glow around any room. “I like to use can­dles on fire­place man­tels and cof­fee ta­bles,” says Dawn. “The flame­less bat­tery-pow­dered pil­lar can­dles and votives are great for th­ese lo­ca­tions.”

A BRIGHT FIN­ISH Some­times, your dé­cor needs a lit­tle flash. Dawn ad­vises to add me­tal­lic fin­ishes, even if you don’t usu­ally dec­o­rate with shiny, fancy or lux­u­ri­ous items. “Bright, me­tal­lic items re­flect the Christmas tree lights and can­dle­light beau­ti­fully,” she says.

To read more about Dawn Hearn’s Christmas de­sign tips, turn to page 108.

Brighten up warm color pal­ettes with strate­gi­cally placed lights. Can­dles, Christmas string lights or even me­tal­lic-fin­ished tin­sel brings a fun glis­ten to tra­di­tional Christmas col­ors.

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