Friday, December 14, 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas Design Tips - Candlelight


 Is there anything more alluring than candlelight?


My tip today is one I would never do without during the holidays.
Candles add so much drama and atmosphere to a room,
especially at Christmas when you can dress them up!

Of course, I'm partial to silver "anything", but the beauty of the arrangement above is its simplicity,
An elegant tray, white pillar candles wrapped with a fresh garland of greenery and silver balls.
Set it on a foyer chest as a warm welcome for your guests and watch the complements come in!




What a  fresh take on hurricanes.  Note the staggered heights.
This would look fantastic on a table set with Calvin Klein china - all white 
...and oh so chic! 




 Not everything needs to be large.
The small scale of these votives looks "just right" with the flocked reindeer.




I love the "Winter Garden" affect of this candle arrangement.
I see this in a sun room or clustered on a hutch in a kitchen.  Charming!




Although "like" items are a safe bet when decorating,
 it's nice to change it up with different types of candlelight. 
There's a mixture of pillars, votives, and even a tiny candle lamp.  
But the element that ties this beautiful mantel together is the 
greenery that tumbles gracefully around each piece.




How fresh and colorful!  I love the use of fresh fruit tucked in the greenery.

(Super tip:  Group your candles together on a tray or along a mantle 
and use greenery to tie the arrangement together visually. 
Mix in fresh fruit or some other festive element to add additional interest )

Be sure to check out my next post for another all-star guest blogger
who's known for his party style!



"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"

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