Last Minute Decorating Tips

The author of the newly released book Christmas at Designers’ Homes Across America suggests these easy display tricks to try in your showroom for a festive touch this holiday season. By Patricia Hart McMillan

[dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#d63131″]B[/dropcap]ooks and magazines were favorite sources of inspiration when I was the head of the visual merchandising staff for a large furniture store. It was exciting for me to see how these designers added seasonal romance by using lamps in their holiday settings. Here are three examples that would also work well in your store.

[dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#d63131″]1[/dropcap] Props are where you find them.  Pinecones picked up on a vacation grace the entry hall table and add rustic contrast to the clear glass lamp in Rhonda Peterson’s Atlanta home.

This organic presentation by designer Rhonda Peterson – various-sized pinecones and burlap-wrapped evergreens – is given sophisticated flair when paired with a crystal lamp.

[dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#d63131″]2[/dropcap] Displaying items as a set is a popular notion — plus it encourages multiple sales. When compiling my book, I’ve noticed that designers nationwide love pairs of lamps! They place them on mantels, consoles, and especially on long, narrow sofa tables. Lance Jackson in Atlanta, Stephanie Tuliglowski in Illinois, and John Lyle of New York City fill the space between those lamps chockablock with seasonal items.

Designer Lance Jackson selected sculptural “reindeer” in an antique gold finish to complement his pair of classic foo dog lamps.

[dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#db3232″]3[/dropcap] Props need not be “geographically correct.” Keith Carrington places black ice skates beside a lamp with a black shade in his Palm Beach house.

Vintage ice skates add a seasonal touch to this tabletop setting at designer Keith Carrington’s home.

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