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Holiday décor groupings, for doors, mantels tables, offer inspiration for decorating key areas of your customers' homes.

Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD

Whatever the interior need, location or color palette, it’s a sure bet that today’s quality permanent, preserved and dried products can be crafted to suit. Here, designer Bill J. Harper, aifd fellow, aaf, demonstrates how these florals can work separately or in tandem to create long-lasting decorative accessories.

Monochromatic Christmas

A mix of greens, both the color palette and the seasonal product, reflect the simplistic elegance of nature-inspired holiday décor.

door/wall: This heavily fruited wreath, which is ready-made but, in this example, accessorized with additional pears and apples for a multidimensional color palette, will welcome guests at your door, or it can be placed upon a wall for dramatic impact.

mantel: Boughs of fresh seasonal foliage drape the front of the mantel and impart the heady fragrance for which holiday greens are valued. Atop the mantel, coordinating candle arrangements flank the wreath.

MATERIALS: permanent apples, pears and ready-made Apple and Berry Wreath from Aldik; fresh pine and cones from The Hiawatha Corporation; fresh Viburnum from favorite supplier; Patrician® pillar candles from Candle Artisans; containers from Giftwares Co.


Ornamental Gifts

Seasonal icons take center stage in this traditional grouping.

mantel: Nested metal boxes, as well as a square glass vase, are tied with ribbon like special gift wrap, making a spectacular presentation with which to line a mantel.

MATERIALS: glittered apple picks with foliage, fabric poinsettias, glittered Acanthus Sprays and Glittered Building Blocks from Melrose International; Rectangular Vase from Syndicate Sales; Oasis® Hot-Melt Glue from Smithers-Oasis.




Peppermint Palette

Bold reds and bright whites pair in this traditional holiday scheme.

The festive color palette is echoed in this grouping that, despite its traditional hues, gives a nod to modern whimsy with the well-dressed deer and the jingle-bell ribbon that trims the mantel’s edge.

MATERIALS: amaryllises and deer from Sullivans; Square Vases from Syndicate Sales; tall rectangular vase from Accent Décor.





Woodsy Glitz

Woodland-inspired elements are glamorized with urban sparkle.

mantel: Replicating many of the elements from the door piece, this collection of mantel arrangements continues the woodland glitz established at the entryway.

MATERIALS: permanent Magnolias and ornaments from Jim Marvin Enterprises; pine cones, permanent noble/spruce sprays from Sullivans; vases from Melrose International.


Citrus Holiday

Faux fruits demonstrate Colonial Christmas traditions.

mantel: An espalier lemon tree, slipped into a brass vase, is accented by additional lemons dropped into coordinating vessels.

MATERIALS: foam lemons, permanent lemon branches and permanent lemon tree from Autograph Foliages; ribbon from Lion Ribbon Co.; Vanessa Votive and Antique Glass Balls from Accent Décor; planter from HomArt; brass vases from Jamali Garden Supplies; glass candleholder with lid and hurricane candleholder from Melrose International; Tack 2000 spray adhesive from Design Master Color Tool; small glass urns and wire wreath form from favorite suppliers.



Arctic Luster

Cool blues, with an icy shimmer, are illuminated by the lustrous gleam of gold.

mantel: Ornaments are used to create a series of accent pieces in varying heights that spans the mantel. A cloud of gilded baby’s breath is featured near the center.

MATERIALS: ornaments and urn from Allstate Floral & Craft; baby’s breath from Fresca Farms; Vanessa Votive from Accent Décor; polished brass and gold urns from Jamali Garden Supplies; small urn from Pots Co.; Gold Medal Metallic Colortool spray from Design Master Color Tool.


Christmas Plaid

Traditional reds and greens are joined by the old-world pattern for a classic take on Christmas.

mantel: A set of tin planters is sized to enable a gallant two-tiered arrangement. Red accents, as well as a cube-shaped vase wrapped with tartan ribbon, continue the traditional flair.

MATERIALS: plaid ribbon, footed glass vase and plaid containers from burton + BURTON; Vanessa Votive from Accent Décor; Square Vase (Ruby) from Syndicate Sales; Patrician® taper candles from Candle Artisans; cedar from The Hiawatha Corporation; carnations from favorite supplier.




Nature’s Décor

Found objects, gathered from forests and meadowlands, highlight these nature-inspired yuletide decoratives.

mantel: A pair of rustic topiaries, made with mixed berries, wild-looking vines and velvet florals, receives a hint of holiday grandeur when placed atop the gold-striped vessels. The gilded deer repeat the gold striping and punctuate the scarlet arrangements.

MATERIALS: permanent berries, grapes, snapdragons, Zinnias, and gold deer from Tapscott’s; red pear-head corsage pins from Milton Adler Co.; vases from BloomNet.

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