Holiday Decorating Repertoire

Lois Butler - Wednesday, December 03, 2014

December is upon us and if you haven't started decorating, I'm sure you have been thinking about it.  Maybe you have been looking for some new ideas to add to your holiday decorating repertoire this year.  I consider versatile hurricane lamps, cloches, candles, and candle rings some of my favourite ways to add simple, yet refined looks.  

Mantels and table centrepieces are great places to start.  The "bling" factor is a relatively neutral  way to go allowing your decor greater longevity.  The basic pieces - pillar candles, glass containers, and ornaments - are really multipurpose, something I always keep in mind.  No floral element has been added to the design above, which creates a clean finish.  

Ways to decorate a mantel are pretty much endless and I do like the floral approach, whether real or faux.  This display is created with floral picks, mini rice lights, flameless candles, antler trees, and bird ornaments. 

The  colour way is also somewhat neutral but the florals and lights make a much lusher look.  Each item here can be incorporated in a different manner another year.  

Here are a few more pretty ideas all created with enduring, multifunctional elements.



Use a small glass cloche to focus attention on a single treasured item or highlight a collection of small glass coloured balls.

We have touched on the use of the ever versatile hurricane lamp before, and now is the time to dust it off and anchor a centrepiece, tables scape or mantel arrangement around it.  Here are a few seasonal takes.

Use a glass hurricane or vase to create an arrangement that will last throughout the Christmas season by filling the jar with a layer of limes, red holly berries, and lemons. Top it off with stems of greenery.

Look for inspiration and just go for it!




Get creative and enjoy the sparkle!

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