By Taylor Jenkins, Event Designer | December 3, 2015 | Lifestyle
For the best holiday tricks to use around the home this season, we turned to Syzygy Events event designer, Taylor Jenkins. Below, Jenkins shares how-to's on last-minute Christmas tree decorating, wrapping gifts, and making your home feel welcoming.
“There [is] no such thing as too much plaid!”
No sweeter words were ever spoken than, “Who wants to decorate the tree?” It was always quite the production in my home—we had a 12-foot tree—so you can imagine the amount of Christmas carols we sang our way through.
“Close up of how we 'wow’d' our tree [with] a few large ornaments and a lot of specialty garlands!”
Growing up, we were never short on decorations for the tree. My mother had years to accumulate ornaments, a garland, an antique tree topper, and little glass birds, but not everyone has that same luxury. When Christmas approached quickly last year, I realized that I had nothing for my own tree. As a new homeowner, I had limited time (and money) to decorate. Here are a few tricks I used to create a stunning, low-budget Christmas tree:
“There’s no reason presents can’t be decorative too!”
As an event designer, I take great pride in the way my presents look, making sure that everyone can point mine out under the tree. A trick I use is to layer paper—solid colors and a fun print or two—then wrap the base with two bands of varying sizes, before finishing with a ribbon or bow. For the name tags, address the present directly, writing “to” and “from” on the package or writing their name in a fun decorative font.
“Spice up your sofa with a little glitz!”
A quick way to transform your home into a whimsical wonderland is to add little touches, so nothing is overwhelming:
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