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December 7, 2013

Deck the halls

Incorporate a theme and have some fun

Excited residents are unboxing Christmas décor and erecting trees, hoping to create a festive atmosphere that is pleasing to the eye but doesn’t break the bank. While many local families enjoy the help of a professional to deck their halls, others cannot spare the expense this year.

Eric J. Scott, owner of EJS Designs and general manager of Gaither Family Resources, offers some tips to help as readers incorporate trendy styles into their holiday season.

Tip 1: Think big

“So many people think they can only use a small item on a Christmas tree,” said Scott, who has not only decorated many homes for the season, but also the Anderson Country Club. “But I tell them, the bigger, the better. You can even use things that are not ornaments.”

Scott uses nativity scenes, lanterns (some 12 to 18 inches tall) and figures (such as happy elves or penguins) to adorn a tree. He ties them in with wire or, if working with an artificial tree, wraps branches around each item to secure it.

“Shove them in the tree to make them part of the tree,” he added. “It creates a designer look. The eye goes to the larger pieces — and they don’t usually cost any more than the ornaments that would hang in their place.”

Tip 2: Embellish the topper

Traditionally people simply place an angel or star on the top and call it a day. Scott adds flair to this focal point of the tree.

“I incorporate a lot of different elements in the topper — which makes it more like an arrangement,” he said. “By the time I’m done, the top extends 12 to 18 inches above the actual tree and usually becomes wider too.”

Matching the tone of the rest of the tree, he may use icy picks, sticks, icicles, Santas, ribbons and/or bows.

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