A blank slate helps focus the mind. So first, at least a week before you want to begin decorating, box up and store your normal décor items. Then, clean and dust thoroughly. This will ensure that your decorations are in the limelight.
Think small and refined as you begin. While you may have boxes and boxes of decorations, unless you can display gorgeous swags of greenery, elegantly decorated trees, and perhaps, lighted topiaries at your front door, a light touch can show off so much more than a mash of everything you’ve got.
Do you have a collection of nutcrackers or Santas or other holiday items? Choose the best three or five and showcase them together on a table, mantel, or shelf. Add some greenery and a bit of wired ribbon around them.
If you have some elegant balls, antiques or handmade items for your tree, choose a tree in a size that will show those treasures off to perfection. Leave the rest in boxes for another year, another look. Be light-handed with tinsel and lights. Your tree will be a work of art.
Apply these guidelines to your dining table decorations, too.
For elegant centerpieces, place a mirror, framed or unframed, on the table. For Thanksgiving, place a cornucopia with some fruit, vegetables and candles or a few small vases of flowers on the mirror. For Christmas, use the mirror to hold fresh greenery, white mums and a few small baubles and red candles.
Happy holiday decorating!