Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - INSIDE -

Cindy El­lis loves to cre­ate a shim­mer­ing Vic­to­rian won­der­land in her home. For oth­ers who love this abun­dant, lush look, con­sider the fol­low­ing tips to fash­ion it in your own home.

SET THE STAGE WITH AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL IN­TER­EST. Ar­range in­tri­cate mold­ing on a wall, place dec­o­ra­tive wood struc­tures in rooms for added dis­play space, or nail ar­chi­tec­tural pieces above win­dow or door frames to in­tro­duce more de­sign fea­tures to each space.

SHINE IT UP WITH SHIM­MER. Un­roll the satin rib­bon, set out mounds of shiny glass balls, and drape strands of glit­ter­ing beads from the tree. Also, start col­lect­ing var­i­ous pieces of mer­cury glass to bring more sparkle to your set­tings.

COLOR YOUR WORLD IN FEM­I­NINE SHADES. Don’t be afraid to bring in the pink (or creamy white, soft blue, or old-fash­ioned rose col­ors).

SHOW OFF NOS­TAL­GIC AC­CENTS. Add vin­tage or­na­ments, cones of aged sheet mu­sic, old jewelry and crowns, feather trees, lace and other ac­cou­trements from a by­gone era to your dec­o­rat­ing. The pieces will con­jure that mag­i­cal Vic­to­rian feel.

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