Ideas For This Year’s Christ­mas Dec­o­ra­tions

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

PRAIRIE GROVE — Flow­ersN-Friends in Prairie Grove is ready for the Christ­mas hol­i­days and Les­lie Ta­bor with the shop has some sug­ges­tions for those dec­o­rat­ing their homes for the sea­son.

Her first piece of ad­vice: don’t wait un­til the last minute.

Ta­bor dec­o­rates ev­ery room in her house and starts by clean­ing and clear­ing out the ar­eas to dec­o­rate and then re­view­ing what dec­o­ra­tions she has from pre­vi­ous years.

“You pack it away for a year and for­get what you have,” Ta­bor said. “I look through my boxes and then set the items where I want to use them. Go ahead and get items where you want to use them and then work on an area when you can.”

Her fa­vorite hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tion is lights.

“Lights are my ev­ery­thing,” Ta­bor said. “They are beau­ti­ful.”

Mir­rors paired with lights can be used to make an area look big­ger or to add light to a part of your home, she said.

An­other item she likes is Christ­mas balls and said she can put Christ­mas balls in a con­tainer and it will in­stantly change an area.

Dec­o­ra­tions don’t have to al­ways be ver­ti­cal or hor­i­zon­tal. Think di­ag­o­nal, layer items and think depth, Ta­bor said.

“Uti­lize ev­ery­day items to lay and give depth to an area.”

Ta­bor does not worry about hav­ing items that match and likes to use wood and books to build heights and soften the color. She also rec­om­mends us­ing dif­fer­ent tex­tures of ma­te­rial.

She said she uses the same items each year but uses them in a dif­fer­ent way and dif­fer­ent places. She likes to add some­thing new and some­thing old when dec­o­rat­ing an area.

While Ta­bor dec­o­rates ev­ery room, she said just dec­o­rat­ing a few sec­tions of a home is enough to give it the hol­i­day spirit.

If some­one is go­ing to just dec­o­rate lim­ited spa­ces, Ta­bor rec­om­mends dec­o­rat­ing the en­try way, pos­si­bly the din­ing room ta­ble and the cof­fee ta­ble in the liv­ing room, along with the Christ­mas tree. A lit­tle splash in the guest bath­room also is an easy way to dec­o­rate an­other room.

“Play Christ­mas mu­sic, light a can­dle and en­joy dec­o­rat­ing your home,” Ta­bor said.

PHOTOS BY LYNN KUT­TER ENTERPRISE-LEADER

Left: A lan­tern sur­rounded by green­ery and holly berries can make a sim­ple ta­ble cen­ter­piece or place on a cof­fee ta­ble. Above: Go out­side and find some pine cones to use as part of your Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions for the hol­i­days.

LYNN KUT­TER ENTERPRISE-LEADER

This dec­o­rated Christ­mas tree at Flow­ers-N-Friends in Prairie Grove shows how larger dec­o­ra­tions can be used on a tree.

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