Deck the Halls -November/December 2007
Twelve ways to spread holiday cheer
photography by: Nicole Harnishfeger
Michael Molinar, owner of Flowers on Chestnut for the past 21 years, certainly knows how to dress up a home for the holidays. The style contributor for Plum TV, he recently opened up Distinctive Home, a contemporary home-furnishings store in Palm Springs, California, He offers 12 ways to spread holiday cheer from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.
- Massed bunches of tulips are wonderful at holiday time and not at all expensive.
- A tall glass vase filled with cranberries and a few stems of white lilies is long-lasting and fun.
- Cut a variety of fresh evergreens and place on your mantel.
- Candles everywhere!
- Garnish a large bowl or platter of red apples with cut boxwood and cinnamon sticks.
- A footed glass bowl filled with red (or silver, or gold) Christmas balls is easy and lasts the season.
- A boxwood topiary is easy to make using long cinnamon sticks as the stem.
- A table-top tree may be a great alternative to a seven-foot floor tree, and a lot less work.
- Put your decorations up the first weekend in December so you can enjoy them all month long.
- Put a Christmas tree with lights on a timer in your bedroom so you can enjoy it at bedtime.
- Amaryllis plants and paperwhites are great during the holidays.
- A glass hurricane with a fat candle surrounded by kumquats is always festive.