Sunday, December 11, 2011

Deck the Halls

'Tis the season to pull out those bins of holiday decorations, turn up the carols and get in the spirit!

But how do you make room for all of it in your space?

Here are a couple of tips on how to make your big Christmas tree, Menorah, and other decorations fit in:

Typically the placement of your tree is prominent and it becomes the focal point for the season. So place it in the front window, centered in the living room, etc. When you are placing it, you will inevitably have to move a chair or two, if your room has a fireplace, place your tree adjacent to that, and shift your couch to face the tree, and your love seat or chairs to face your fireplace. You want the scale of your tree to balance out with the scale of your room and your furnishings. Therefore, if you have a small space, think of keeping your room set up the same, choose a smaller tree, and place it in a corner to anchor that corner and attract your eye to it.

There are several ways to set up your tree, play around with it in your mind. Try to find a tree that lends itself to the scale of your furnishings and space. Don't fret about shifting a chair or two to re-balance your room.

A Menorah is much easier to place. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some are more square, some more curved. This should be placed where your family gathers. It becomes the centerpiece of your kitchen or dining room. You can get strands of blue and white holiday lights to trim out your windows, and little illuminated menorahs to deck the halls with and add a festive vibe.

Decorate with the help of your family and loved ones. Make a new tradition about when to cut down or put up your tree. Do something special this year. Most of all have a joyous holiday season!

1 comment:

  1. Neat ideas. However, you didn't have a great suggestion for how to basset-proof a tree. ;) For the 4th year, we'll have a small tree on top of something Sis can't reach. I liked having the tree in the bedroom last year, so back on top of my (5-foot high) lingerie chest it goes.

    And no, guests won't be opening gifts in front of our tree this year. Hem!!