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December 16, 2013

Tips to spruce up your home decorations for the holidays

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Tonawanda News — The trees at the barn are anything but traditional. The maple bark branches that burst from the trees enhances the Christmas tree that everyone has to the artful and sculptural tree that everyone wants. Here are a few tips on how to create this look in your own home:

• Don’t be afraid to go big. Fill your tree with branches cut from your own trees, lanterns, large-scale ornaments sold to be used outside, and sugar pine cones, which add a whimsical touch to a natural theme. 

• Group your ornaments in clusters. By stringing your ornaments onto floral wire, you can create clusters or balls of ornaments. This takes inexpensive, shatterproof ornaments and turns them into high-end, designer show stoppers.

• Avoid traditional tree toppers, if you’re looking to create one of these beauties. Out go the angel and the star, and in comes the branches, the live eucalyptus, ribbons and bows. 

• Uniformly wrap your gifts. Choose one paper — I use simple brown craft paper you can buy from any craft store — and tie them with silk ribbons. For a little added pizzazz, tie a few fresh tree clippings to the ribbon or attach a monogrammed ornament.

The exterior is just as important as the interior when decorating for Christmas. At the barn, I asked Lockwood Greenhouse in Hamburg to create a special live arrangement for an urn just outside the front door. You can quickly and easily replicate the same look by filling an existing pot or urn with live tree trimmings you can often find for free at stores that sell live Christmas trees this time of year. Accent with pinecones, red dogwood branches, even some dried hydrangeas and you’ll have a beautifully simple outdoor arrangement that will last you well into spring.

Often during this busy time of year, we get consumed with the hustle and the bustle of Christmas. It’s easy to do. We wanted to invite our friends and family over for dinner, but the time just slipped away. 

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