Photography by Jamison Mosley
It’s the holiday season, and we all know what that means. Santa Claus is coming ’round with a big pack upon his back. But before we give a little “whoop de do” and “dickory dock” for the clock to strike 12 on Christmas morning, we have to prepare our homes for the occasion. And that does not just mean hanging some peppermint sticks for old St. Nick on the branches of our evergreens.
Decorating your home for the season can often feel like a daunting task. Virtually every box store and retail shop have been selling holiday-themed decor for months with limitless ranges of options, from extreme-minimalist to ostentatious and “boujee.” But don’t let these boundless choices scare you off. At the end of the day, the choice is yours to make. Be yourself and let your home’s feng shui represent you, not Brittany down the street.
Fortunately, we have some friends to help us through it all; any excuse to defer to the experts, I will gladly take. And our Christmas comrades over at Tipton & Hurst are, in fact, experts.
“It doesn’t take a big budget to wow your guests,” says Chris Norwood, the historic florist’s vice president. Tipton & Hurst is the authority on many of the elements related to holiday decorating, which is why we turned to them to help us with these DIY tips and tricks to elevate our holiday home experiences.
1 Purchase a green base wreath of your choice, either fresh or silk.
2 Select your ribbon and cut five eight-inch pieces.
3 Pull the ribbon through to tie knots at 1, 3, 6, 9 and 11, as if on a clock face, to create anchor points.
4 Layer on pinecones, red berries, greenery or foliage for an organic look.
5 Loop the ribbons continuously between the anchor points.
1 Create a base with a mixed Christmas garland.
2 Layer on magnolia leaves and pieces of noble fir and cedar.
3 Add focal points with large pinecones.
4 Accent with red berries, apples, pomegranates or Christmas balls.
5 Place your centerpiece, available online or at Tipton & Hurstís stores, to complete the look.
Regardless of your eye for interior design or DIY capabilities, there are a number of easy ways to amplify your arrangments this year. But when the guests arrive, it will appear as anything but simple and uncomplicated. (But they don’t have to know that.)
“You can easily ‘amp up’ your table settings by simply incorporating different patterns or colors,” Norwood says. “For a traditional tablescape, pair Juliska’s holiday china with its ever-popular Berry & Thread everyday pieces. Or for a more high-end look, opt for Herend’s fine china and colorful chargers or linens. At Tipton & Hurst, we have table settings for any style preference or price point.”
And with each year that passes, the trends in seasonal decor change with the wind. What was in vogue last year may not be this time around, but it might come back in style down the road. It’s important to stay up to date on the latest styles if that is your flavor, or simply be aware of the timeless traditions that are always appropriate.
“A few years ago, we couldn’t keep mesh ribbons in stock because customers wanted glitzier, more ornamental looks,” Norwood says. “Now, clients are leaning toward simpler and more classic designs. We’re seeing a lot of beautiful, keepsake ribbons and eclectic arrangements with flowers of different seasons, textures and color palettes. Regardless of the latest ‘it’ items, we’ll continue to see shades of red, natural greenery and classics like boxwood, red berries and magnolia leaves. These elements epitomize holidays in the South, and they’ll never go out of style.”
Tipton & Hurst’s five must-haves for the holidays
1 Thymes Frasier Fir Candle Perfect for your holiday parties or as gifts for loved ones.
2 Vietriís Old St. Nick China Build your collection every year with their full suite of signature holiday pieces.
3 Simon Pearce Glass Tree Elegant and understated for the holiday traditionalist.
4 Mark Roberts Fairy Bring a touch of childlike whimsy to your decorations.
5 Wreath & Centerpiece Available pre-made at Tipton & Hurst to eliminate any last-minute holiday stress. (Pictured on p. 49 & 51.)