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December 16, 2013

Tips to spruce up your home decorations for the holidays

Tonawanda News — No matter how young or how old we are, each of us can recollect a Christmas memory on the spot, can’t we? Is it the season, the togetherness, the joy or perhaps just the magic of Christmas? 

I have vividly colorful and fond memories of my childhood Christmas mornings: dressed in my favorite red-and-black plaid flannel pajamas, racing down the stairs to see what Santa had chosen to leave me and my brother from our often lengthy lists. Those mornings were without sadness and regret; they were filled with the joy and the magic of Christmas. That is why I can recall them, and with absolute clarity remember the beauty of the tree my brother and I decorated with our mother, the smell of the cinnamon buns in the oven and the sound of Christmas carols being played on the radio.

As I’ve grown older, though, the memories have shifted. I don’t race down the stairs in the morning to see the presents under the tree, and no matter how hard I’ve tried, I don’t fit into those red-and-black plaid flannel pajamas. Now my Christmas memories are filled with the beauty of the season, and creating that beauty for my clients, my family and my friends.

I’ve been lucky to be involved in the annual Lewiston Tour of Homes each holiday season, where houses around the Village of Lewiston are chosen to be decorated by decorators and florists for a weekend house tour that fills tour goers with inspiration, cheer and a big dose of that Christmas magic. 

This year, unlike years past, I had the great opportunity of working with a blank canvas: a barn for last weekend’s event. I designed this space from top to bottom in my own signature style, and can now share tips and trade secrets with you on how to copy this look for your own home this year.

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