Monday, December 15, 2014

DECK THE HALLS...By Michele Summers

Yep, it’s that time of year. You’re either in the throes of decorating or you’ve decided to bag it and uncork another bottle of wine. *hiccup* As an interior designer, the Christmas season becomes one of my busiest times of year. I’m either nagging my workrooms to get those pillows stuffed and window treatments hung or I’m trudging from house to house with ladder in tow, decorating my clients’ homes for the holidays…most especially their trees. There have been years where I’ve decorated as many as twelve different trees, ranging from 9’-14’ each with their own theme and color scheme. Not including my own trees for my kids. So, I feel pretty good about offering up some decorating tips. 

Maybe these will come in handy:


    Lights…more is more! At least 100 lights/foot. If you have an 8’ tree, you should have at the very least 8 strands of 100 lights. I usually do even more. And the best way to string them is in and out from the inside near the trunk to the edge of the branches. The deeper you place the lights, the more the tree glows and sets off your other ornaments. Another great trick, if you have the energy, is to wrap the trunk in lights which looks amazing.
   Ribbon: Should always go up after the lights. That way you can tuck it in and wrap it around without breaking your ornaments.
   Tree Topper: Place this before you start decorating; again to avoid breaking any other ornaments.

   Plain balls: Tuck inside the tree near the trunk to catch the light and to save the outer limbs for your special ornaments
   Special Ornaments: Deserve their special branch. If they’re family heirlooms or expensive Christopher Radko’s, secure them with pipe cleaner. I don’t trust flimsy ornament hooks.
  Artificial Trees: You can never have too much. They seem to absorb ornaments and the more you put on them the better they 
look.



Hope this helped. (And yes, I'm done for this season...will be baking next) What are some of your decorating tips? Love to learn something new every year.


Merry! Merry!

Michele Summers
www.michelesummers.com
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/n45lcoh


8 comments:

  1. I'm waiting for my daughter to get home from college to trim the tree with me. She loves it. But we only do one. One's plenty for me. Happy Holidays!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's always better when you decorate with someone who loves to do it. Have fun with your daughter. Merry Christmas!

      Delete
  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Clearly I don't have enough lights on my tree! Those were great suggestions, Michele. Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Add more next year! ;-) Hope you have a great Christmas.

      Delete
  4. Such pretty trees! I love them :) Happy holidays all

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Once they're decorated...I love them too! Merry Christmas!

      Delete
  5. What lovely tips. Since I only rarely have a tiny tree in a pot, most of those won't apply, lol, but I definitely enjoyed the beautiful pictures. Happy holidays to you and your family!

    ReplyDelete