PhOtOs COuRtEsY PIER 1 IMPORts
SOPHISTICATED A few key pieces welcome the holiday spirit
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The holidays can be a time of excess, but for the most dramatic impact, less is often more. Simple touches that complement your existing décor will create a visual that announces the holidays are coming. Rhys Walters, spokesperson for Pier 1 Imports, notes small changes can create a significant effect. “Pick your top two or three rooms in your home and add a few key pieces to transform the space, while staying true to the existing design,” she says. Silver is a prominent colour for decorating this holiday season and works seamlessly with almost any existing decor. “Silver shimmers with holiday spirit,” Walters says.
Pier 1 Imports has silvery pieces that are perfect for a simple, yet elegant place setting for a holiday feast with family and friends, and look stunning all on their own. Add reusable silver napkins to dress up the dining table, wrapped like a gift in a silver beaded napkin ring. In a d d i t i o n t o making your dining room table a focal point, the Christmas tree will be what captures everyone’s attention. Themed Christmas trees are big statements on their own. “Pick a core ornament that you love and get 20 ornaments,” says Walters. “Choose about two accent ornaments and get 10 of one and five of the other ornaments.”
At left, an elegant tree and mantel by Decorating Den blend with existing decor. Pieces to create a holiday mood include Pier 1 Imports’ Winter Ice Nutcrackers, Glimmer String Mercury Glass Trees, a Reindeer Pillar Stand, Ceramic Tree Tealight Holder, Silver Snowflake Cuff Stocking and beaded and embroidered pillows.
Katie O’Dwyer, owner of the Decorating Den in Calgary, says that while some people love to put up trees in multiple rooms of their home, all that work isn’t necessary to make your home feel like Christmas. “You don’t need to overdo it,” she says. “You don’t want to compromise your current design, but build on what you already have.” Modify your existing accessories by changing out the lampshade to a red or merlot hue. Add a few throw pillows to your sofa and loveseat. Fresh flowers go with any interior design and colour scheme. “I really like fresh versus fake. It’s amazing what fresh greenery and floral will do,” O’Dwyer says. Seasonal scents are just as important as the visuals created, and pine branches and flowers will help bring the smells of the season to life and set the mood. You can also bring the fragrances of the holidays to your home through scented candles, including Pier 1 Imports’ special holiday fragrances — Apple Crisp and Holiday Forest.