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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Blamires


Nothing welcomes the winter season quite like a broad mix of beautiful plaids and checks. One of my most pleasurable pasttimes is decorating the home for Christmas, as the last of the Thanksgiving dinner slowly digests. This year, my brother was visiting for the first time in many years. He utilizes his strong design skills to create beautiful swags and other holiday ornamentation. My favorite creation this year is the red and black buffalo check on the antique clock.

My collection includes a mix of both old and new. My favorite style is vintage, and several of my pieces have many years on them, while others are new. The eclectic mix lifts my surroundings for the entire month of December.

I never decorate for a holiday the same way twice, instead preferring to change up at least one element to the tableaus each year. I am currently fond of black velvet. It adds an unexpected dash of drama to the holiday scenes. Adding to my Putz-style paper houses are many Christmas trees made rich with varied colors, textures, patterns, heights, and shapes. They add a whimsical element to each display. If you look closely, you might see a variety of vintage-styled children dressed in their holiday finery, out for a day of play in the ice and snow.

A more recent addition to my collections is a grouping of signs written by my mother, using chalk on blackboards. I love to see her feathery handwriting, an artform in and of itself, adding to the personal nature of holiday decor.

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