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Deck your halls: Holiday decorating tips from Houston experts


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Going glam and coastal

Taking cues from snowflakes, doves and angels, a glam palette of iridescent white and silver can make a chic winter wonderland out of the most modern homes. Sparkly holiday accessories complement white marble countertops and white-painted wood antiques rather than covering them up.

"Glamour and glitz [is a major trend], with iridescents, diamonds, crystal and mirrors, adding black accents to make it pop," says Terrill of For All Occasions.

At MainStreet America, Terrill mixed oversize ornaments in matte and glossy silvers in with brocaded white ribbons, strands of glass beads and jewel-encrusted snowy owls into traditional garlands, while on a mantel stars lit from within by tiny LED lights mingled with softer textures of lace and feathers.

In another home, Terrill used iridescent blue hues to create a coastal look punctuated by sea creatures and a soft palette of turquoise and orange.

4Homey Holidays

No matter the temperature outside, holiday décor, like mulled wine and a seat by the fireplace, can give guests a sense of warmth. Gail Terrill, owner of holiday decorating business For All Occasions, added an individual seasonal look to each model home at MainStreet America, including emphasizing the natural wood accents of a craftsman-style house.

She was inspired by both the classic Christmas tree and elements from nature with decorations that are nothing short of cozy. A porch wall gets its own two-dimensional evergreen of wire and birch branches, festooned with pinecones, tiny mittens, balls of yarn and stuffed snowman and reindeer figures.

Inside, a crafty countertop tree was formed by stacking hardback books opened and with bindings on top, mixing in pine cones, red ornaments, evergreen tendrils and strands of gold beads. A sleeker, more geometric version started by wrapping a metal tree outline in newspaper and filling in the triangle with stacked spheres wrapped in yarn, twine and more paper.

"This season begins with the tree," says Terrill. "We are seeing the use of recycled books in a crafty manor, making them into trees, wreaths and candle holders."



By Kathy Huber | December 5, 2013 | Updated: December 6, 2013 10:51am



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