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.
mix of greens, both the color palette and the seasonal product,
reflect the simplistic elegance of nature-inspired holiday
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.
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
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.
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
Bold reds and bright whites pair in this traditional holiday
mantel: 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
MATERIALS: permanent berries, grapes,
snapdragons, Zinnias, and gold deer from Tapscott’s; red
pear-head corsage pins from Milton Adler Co.; vases from
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