Traditional ChristmasDeep red, purple and gold brocade ribbon is formed into bows for the tree and garland throughout the house.
$30 - Ribbon
A fiberglass urn is used to hold the faux tree. To keep it stable, a pipe is set in the center of the urn and secured with concrete. Anderson twists the branches together to form the tree into a spiral shape. The homeowners' old-fashioned candle lights are wrapped around the branches. Other decorations include the ribbon bows, silk red roses, gilded faux fruit and cherub ornaments.
$120 - Tree Trimmings
- artificial fruit: Lakeland - Apples-60070906363, Pears - 6007090059404
- velvet roses: Department 56
Rose and Ribbon GarlandOne garland is cut in half and used on either end of the mantel. Ribbon and roses give it a colorful holiday look.
$24 - Garland
- garland: Lakeland - Wild Forest Garland, 60070932029
More garland is hung from either side of the arch separating the living and dining rooms.
$44 - Garland
- garland: Lakeland - Needle Pine Garland Swag, 600709221
$15 - Stair Garland
- garland: Lakeland - Feather Pine Garland, 76215297020
- red roses: Lakeland - Cinderella Rose, 74017358123
Ornament TopiariesThe foam forms are covered first with red foil wrapping paper, then the wired ornaments are stuck into the form. Anderson uses same-color ornaments but in various sizes and finishes for subtle contrast.
Holiday Apple DecorationsAnother decorative element is a fruit-filled jar set on top of a cedar-lined plate. Steffend holds the jar full of fruit while Anderson places the cedar and the plate on top; the entire piece is then turned upside-down and set on the buffet.
$55 - Buffet Decorations
Red Ornament WreathAn ornament-encrusted wreath is made using the same technique as the topiaries above.
$30 - Wreath
Peacock Chandelier ShadesChandelier shades are embellished with peacock feathers, chenille fabric and trim. The fabric is is wrapped around the shades with the reverse side showing and secured with spray adhesive. Trim is hot-glued to the bottom. The peacock feathers are added next then the top is finished off with more trim.
$105 - Chandelier Shades
Holiday CandleholdersThe homeowner's footed vases are filled halfway with water and drops of red and green food coloring are added to each for instant holiday pizzazz. Jar candles are set inside the vases and the entire grouping is surrounded by fresh cedar branches and sage-colored ornaments.
Purple and Blue OrnamentsA small glass hurricane holder and candle is set inside a large glass vase and the empty space between each is filled with purple plastic ornaments and birch branches.
$24 - Hurricane Candle
- purple balls: Lakeland -lavender, purple and deep purple 7621224489
$487 - Total Cost