Posted January 23, 2013 by James Rhodes in Home Improvement

Deck your halls with innovative tips and techniques

The holiday season doesn&rsquot have to constantly involve the very same old, identical old when it comes to decorating your residence.

Take a couple of suggestions from John Griffith. As the lead visual merchandiser for Replacements, Ltd., he spends the entire year scouting and developing innovative ideas and methods to deck the halls and trim the best tree. So far, Griffith&rsquos team has adorned nearly a dozen trees throughout firm&rsquos retail store. Each tannenbaum is a story in itself, defined by color and style and special looks designed by combining ornaments with what some may consider nontraditional trimmings.

&ldquoSo a lot of individuals settle for basically hanging ornaments on their trees, but there is so significantly much more you can do by adding fillers that really reflect your personal private taste and style,&rdquo says Griffith. &ldquoMixing in ribbon, fabrics, florals, feathers and other all-natural components generate flair and character. Adding additional flourishes in the correct locations can make the distinction between a pretty tree and an extraordinary tree.&rdquo

Griffith says the hot colors for holiday 2012 range from soft pastels to rich jewel tones. Common ornaments this season reflect the Victorian era, with glittering gemstones and rhinestones becoming extremely well-known.

And don&rsquot be afraid to forgo the classic tree topper. As an alternative, look at making use of twigs or other organic elements arranged out of the top of your tree. Griffith has even strategically placed a tree beneath a chandelier for extra glow.

If you don&rsquot have enough room for a traditional sized tree, corner trees or the flatter profile trees are an outstanding fit for smaller spaces. Or, Griffith suggests you might want to go in an entirely diverse direction.

&ldquoI am into repurposing and recycling, so I took the branches of an old artificial tree and wired them with each other to create swags, and then decorated those with combinations of fabrics, bows and ornaments,&rdquo he says. &ldquoYou can hang swags on a mantel or spot them on top rated of a door frame. They&rsquore a entertaining family members project, and you can even develop them with different color stories or themes for each space in your house.&rdquo

Griffith literally has thousands of ornaments at his fingertips. Although most men and women know Replacements as the world&rsquos largest retailer of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles, the business has a vast choice of ornaments from about the globe. These range from colorful blown glass to crystal and very collected silver.

&ldquoAs folks, we chose ornaments for so several different factors. Decisions may be driven by color or theme, but numerous options are shaped by previous and future traditions,&rdquo says Keith Winkler, the organization&rsquos item marketing and advertising manager. &ldquoMany people reach back to ornaments that remind them of their childhood, even though other people are searching to commence their own traditions with annual collectible ornaments. For instance, Wallace Silver tends to make an annual sleigh bell, although Gorham Silver releases an annual snow flake. These have been in production for far more than four decades and are a fantastic tradition to add each and every year.&rdquo

Winkler says common dinnerware manufacturers such as Lenox, Wedgwood and Waterford all provide ornament lines. For those hunting for well-liked blown glass, he suggests the Merck Family&rsquos Old Planet Christmas line. Those ornaments run the gamut from classic holiday figures, to birds, sports teams, and fairly considerably any theme you can imagine.

If you are interested in far more concepts, you can locate decorating and entertaining tips at www.replacements.com, even though Replacements will post further ideas throughout the upcoming vacation season on its Facebook page.

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James Rhodes