The Holidays are such a special time of year, and one of my favourite ways to get in the spirit is by decorating my townhome. Some people may think that because they live in a condo or townhome that it’s difficult to find the space – or storage – to do so, but that’s not the case. Here are some tips on how to bring the holidays to your home with maximum impact no matter how small your space.
Let there be light
Lights bring a casual, unadorned quality to a space that is very charming. To add an instant burst of charm, run twinkle lights along a mantle or around a door or window frame. Most lights are LED now and come in warm or cool tones. Some are very small but give o a lot of light because they’re densely packed on a strand. To up the ‘wow’ factor, wrap these around a chandelier.
Whether you prefer real or artificial, trees come in a range of sizes. Where and how you wish to place them will define the size you need. Place a group of tabletop trees on a long rectangular table or mantle or place one single tree on a round coffee table. The tree becomes the centrepiece and you can easily move it around your home. Artificial trees are great for storage. Many have bendable arms to create the shape you want and when the season is over you can pack them away easily.
To create a fun festive mood, fill a large bowl with a mixture of brightly coloured round ornaments. This looks great as a centrepiece for your dining room table or coffee table. The number of ornaments in one bowl creates impact. I love hanging ornaments from strings or ribbons at different lengths from a chandelier; and let’s not forget about stockings on the fi replace. The front door is the first space to make a statement no matter how large or small your home. Create the holiday atmosphere by hanging a wreath, mistletoe or homemade decorations.
Incorporating real greenery into your decor is so simple and charming. Put pine branches in a vase with water and leave them as is or add a few pinecones. Nothing says the holidays like the smell of pine. Laurels in real cedar or pine are lovely when draped over a mantle, around a door frame or along a staircase. Here’s to creating a beautiful space in your home this holiday season!
By Lisa Rogers
Lisa Rogers is the exclusive interior designer for Dunpar Homes. Lisa has shared her style and design expertise on
popular television programs, such as Canadian Living TV, House & Home TV and The Shopping Channel.