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Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

Christmas has definitely come to Wicker Emporium. I attended a great pre-Christmas event hosted at the Oakville store, featuring the fabulous Lynn Spence. She showed us the latest in holiday décor and entertaining, and if anyone is an expert, it’s Lynn. She makes it look so easy and when you have great products to help create the mood, like Wicker Emporium does, anybody can do it.

Natural elements place settingLynn created three table settings showing different styles and themes from casual to formal; something for everyone’s taste. She offered advice on how to create a festive look in your home and how to arrange furniture so as to accommodate guests. Lynn shared many tips and ideas on how to integrate festive decorations into our everyday spaces and spent some time answering questions. One of the most common questions was “What is the theme or colour for this year?” She said there isn’t a specific theme or colour for holiday décor but rather whatever works well with your home and lifestyle. She pointed out that one would not add bright flashy and glitzy colours to a very traditional space and expect it to work well, even if this was trendy.

Cozy sitting areaIn her usual entertaining way, Lynn made the evening a success and got everyone in the holiday spirit. In my own experiences in home décor showrooms and retail outlets I have found a plethora of styles and colours for holiday décor. Usually several themes and colour schemes are offered to ensure everyone finds just what will work with their decorations and their personal style.

As an Interior Decorator I love all styles and am known to change it up often. This year I have found so many lovely ‘natural’ elements, which also reinforces one of the messages Simple festive decorthat came out of the Highpoint Market this past fall. It seems many people are embracing this simple way of decorating using natural or fantastic ‘faux’ greenery, pinecones, fruit, burlap, cozy throws and toss cushions, traditional Christmas floral like Paper whites and Amaryllis, holly, boxwood, pine and sticks. Using all these natural items, you also get a very natural scent in your home but I also love scented candles such as Fraser Fir. If you are reluctant to burn live candles there are many battery operated selections available that have flickering ‘faux’ flames and you can add a the scent by using a scented oil or diffuser from the many that are available.

I hope you are inspired and have your home ready to celebrate with friends and family.Holiday furniture arrangement

Jeannette Wisby

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Jeannette Wisby, Principal of Design Savvy, is a Certified Interior Decorator and is an Accredited member of CDECA (Canadian Decorators Association of Canada) and is currently an active on the National Board as well as Vice President of the GTA West Chapter of CDECA. Her company, Design Savvy, specializes in residential interior décor, offering many ideas and creative solutions to compliment the individual needs of clients. Her mandate is to maximize your home's potential while creating an innovative and dynamic interior unique to your personality.

Wicker Emporium offers fine wooden furniture and home decor from our stores in greater Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Atlantic Canada.

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