John Cowie

Christmas in Langley: Tips on decking the halls for 2016

Interior decor for Christmas has few rules, but experts provide insight into what’s hot.

Christmas decorating often comes down to hauling a trunk out of storage and hoping nothing was broken.

While they want you to make use of what you already have, experts from The Passionate Home and Arts Nursery also provide insight into what some of the current trends are, how going multi-colour and mis-matched is okay, and simply decorating in a way that appeals.

Jeannine Foley, store manager of The Passionate Home in downtown Langley City, noted that mixing metals like gold and silver are in, as is the do-it-yourself approach.

“People are painting glass and jars, and stencilling has been really hot. You can do all your decor items yourself,” she said. “It’s that farmhouse feel.”

She added that layering on tablescapes is also trending with a combination of centrepieces that have plenty of height and textures ,and place settings that contribute to that visual interest.

Adding height and layering to place settings can come from putting small gifts on plates or incorporating interesting decor items to change flat into fantastic she said.

“Stag everything from pillows to tea towels and canvases are in,” Foley noted.

“The chalk paint creations and stag head theme ties into the farmhouse feel.”

It’s a sense of reclaimed, repurposed, and woodsy.

Foley also said small, battery operated lights are popular.

Some strings even include pine cones and other holiday themed additions.

These lights, known as micro dots, are a popular item, John Cowie, merchandiser with Art’s Nursery also noted.

“They are lights within the wire,” he explained. “Low wattage but really bright and super energy efficient.”

The micro dots come battery operated, some have timers, and Cowie and Foley both said they are ideal for wreaths, putting inside jars and mantle decor along with a multitude of other uses. Along with lights comes another seasonal sensory item – smell.

“The great thing about Christmas is that we get to bring these outdoor conifers in,” Cowie said.

“Get one that smells good,” he offered as another tidbit of advice.

If using an artificial tree, Cowie suggested finding a pine or fir scented candle or sachet to add to the Christmas ambiance.

Both experts agree that making use of what’s already on hand provides a great starting point.

“Take what you already have and just freshen it up,” Cowie said.

“We’re leading such busy lives. It’s about creating a more peaceful Christmas, not so busy or stimulating. Simplify, find what appeals to you.”

He summarized that if certain things bring a smile or a laugh, go with them.

Christmas need not be about doing everything and trying to create perfection. As Cowie noted, peacefulness comes from what appeals.


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