Go be­yond the usual red and green to cre­ate fes­tive decor that pops

Regina Leader-Post - - HOMES - KIM COOK

Amid a sea­sonal sea of red and green or sil­ver and blue, there’s a sweet, al­ter­na­tive pal­ette in hol­i­day decor.

Think of fresh fruits and de­lec­ta­ble can­dies, and you’re on the right track — it’s an en­tic­ing, en­chant­ing ar­ray of su­gar plum hues that home dec­o­ra­tors can have fun with.

“Pair candy-ap­ple red, plummy pink and berry-bright flo­rals with win­ter greens for a cen­tre­piece,” sug­gests Melissa Ben­ham of the Chicago in­te­rior de­sign firm Stu­dio Gild. “Or­na­ments in these hues pro­vide an un­ex­pected colour pop on the Christ­mas tree, or a fun twist on the clas­sic meno­rah when used for Hanukkah can­dles.”

Los An­ge­les-based de­signer and au­thor Or­lando So­ria says colour is key to mak­ing your hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion shine bright.

Even if you’ve got a rather mot­ley col­lec­tion of dec­o­ra­tions, “adding in plum and berry-hued fab­rics, can­dles, ac­ces­sories and or­na­ments is a great way to cre­ate a co­he­sive colour scheme,” he says.

Tar­get has Opal­house’s soft, cosy, throw pil­lows, with ei­ther a plaid pat­tern or Oh, What Fun ty­pog­ra­phy, in fresh and fes­tive hues.

The Mer­rily col­lec­tion at Pier 1 in­cludes hand-blown stem­less wine glasses painted with kicky mod­ern trees in pink, peach and berry. A candy-blue throw pil­low is em­broi­dered with the phrase Merry & Bright and dec­o­rated with tas­sels. For the tree, there’s a gar­land of felted gum­balls.

Sets of wool-wrapped or bot­tle brush trees in gen­tly hued mac­aron colours would look pretty on a ta­ble with other soft tex­tures and co-or­di­nat­ing ta­per can­dles; find them all at World Mar­ket. Also in su­gary pas­tels is an ar­ray of cute lit­tle deer at Home­goods, com­plete with fluffy, marabou-feather col­lars.

At Way­fair, you’ll find tin­sel trees in a range of sizes in fruity shades like grape, plum, rasp­berry and orange. At Hor­chow (Hor­chow.com), find trios of sim­i­larly hued bot­tle­brush-style trees for dis­play. And Wal­mart has 40-inch-tall plas­tic lol­lipop or­na­ments in cotton candy, key lime and blue­berry; they might be fun on a fence or rail­ing.

Dress up the tree, man­tel, stair­case or hol­i­day ta­ble with An­thro­polo­gie’s colour­ful, felted-wool berry gar­land. Deck out the Christ­mas tree with glass rib­bon candy or rock candy or­na­ments in yummy hues, and top it off with a Fer­ris wheel tree top­per fes­tooned with brightly hued tas­sels. Also here, a boxed set of del­i­cate glass mac­arons; the or­na­ments would make a lovely gift for a sweets lover or Fran­cophile.

Christo­pher Radko’s glass Candy Cas­tle or­na­ment at Hor­chow de­picts de­tailed candy canes, pep­per­mints and ice cream in hand-painted Pol­ish glass. A tasty look­ing, 9-foot gum­drop gar­land can be had from House of Hol­i­day.

And fi­nally, sweeten the front yard hol­i­day dis­play with Ham­macher Sch­lem­mer’s Thou­sand Points of Light in­door/out­door tree (ham­macher.com). Its fi­bre-op­tic lights in bright candy colours swirl and play con­tin­u­ously or on a timer. Now that’s vi­sions of su­gar plums truly danc­ing.


An­thro­polo­gie of­fers a colour­ful felted wool berry gar­land, which can go on the tree, the man­tel, a stair­case rail­ing or on a hol­i­day ta­ble.


Bal­lard De­signs’ Nutcracker col­lec­tion in­cludes hand­made, hand-painted or­na­ments based on the iconic hol­i­day bal­let.


These Opal­house toss pil­lows from Tar­get are done in fes­tive berry and candy hues.

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