Decorating your home for the holidays is truly a favourite Canadian tradition! Whether it’s simple exterior lights or a seasonal planter, or more elaborate displays outside and in – the festive spirit shines in even the most novice decorator.
Our friends at Sheridan Nurseries start planning for this busy season early in the fall. Brenda Luckhardt, business to business marketing and development manager, shares these tips and trends for 2013. “Holiday items often follow colour and style trends seen in fashion and home décor. This year we’re seeing candy-floss pink and black and white themes emerge,” she says.
It’s not all glitz and glam though. There’s also a return to rustic, natural woodland accents, especially in outdoor container design. Look for driftwood stars, birch lollipops and straw owls and reindeer.
Let your holiday decor reflect your own personality. Using driftwood stars was only the start of this coastal inspired theme. I found this on a beach cottage blog and was determined to try the tealights in the clear glass jars.
Choosing Your Tree
Luckhardt says the traditional choice of a fresh cut tree is still the most popular among their customers. Balsam and Fraser Fir are the top sellers but a relative newcomer Nordman Fir is catching on for its soft blue-green needles which will hold for over three weeks indoors.
Sheridan advises to always give a “real” tree a fresh cut, use Sta-Fresh or similar product and check the water level daily.
For those who prefer to stay away from fresh trees, Everlast trees are an excellent choice, particularly if plan to be away over the holidays, as they don’t require water. Depending on the look you’re after, you’ll find everlasting trees range from very life-like to boldy different in mint green, white, black or the pink tree shown above.
Fragrance of a Fresh Tree
For many people, the fragrance of a fresh cut tree is what we’re after but we don’t want a real tree. Incorporating cuttings into table centrepieces or on fireplace mantles is a great way to have the scent and can look very dramatic in a room. Or, consider a potpourri or room freshener with the evergreen scent. Here are some wonderful homemade potpourri recipes for the holidays.
The bottom line is that there are no hard and fast rules for holiday decorating; adding one or two new items or displaying treasured pieces in a new spot may be all that you wish to do. We’ve been getting some wonderful photos in our Pin It 2 Win contest – I thought I’d share Ashleigh’s holiday decor from her Geranium Home in Cardinal Point.