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Decorate for the Holidays in Modern Style

Lynn Coulter
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Your holiday decorating style is MODERN.

You’re drawn to a contemporary look with strong, clean lines, and materials like granite, concrete, chrome, birch and stainless steel.

Natural sunlight streams into your modern home through skylights, and gallery-style fixtures illuminate artwork on your walls.

Set Your Thanksgiving Table

Set your table with a white or neutral tablecloth and elegant dinnerware, flatware, and crystal that won’t distract from your centerpiece.
Use one centerpiece for a small table, or repeat a series of smaller ones down a long table. Consider tall glass cylinders filled with calla lilies or long-stemmed roses, or use live orchids on a sleek coffee table.
FL-succulents-300If desired, dress up your centerpiece with curly twigs or cuttings from ornamental grasses. Avoid adding too much. Simple lines are best for this style.

For a centerpiece that won’t block the view across the table, plant succulents in a shallow bowl topped with polished pebbles. Mix shapes, textures and colors for a sculptural effect.
For sparkle, scatter votive candles along the table or use tapers in candleholders made of crystal or chrome. 
Consider deep, jewel-like Thanksgiving colors for your napkins and placemats, or flower arrangements that include wine red or gold mums. 
Now use your basics to transition for the next holiday!

Deck The Halls

iTwinkle Christmas treeA 7.5-foot iTwinkle Frasier artificial tree would suit your style. Download its app on your smartphone to control the tree’s 500 clear and 75 colored LED lights. Select all one solid color to complement your decorations and set a modern holiday mood.

The app also lets you create a customized light and music show on the tree, using its built-in speaker to play your favorite seasonal songs.

Hang a wreath on your front door, and use amaryllis in bold colors like scarlet and hot pink around the house.

Change the plants or flowers in containers to fresh-cut poinsettia blooms. Use live poinsettias in the foyer, on buffet and side tables, or in garland on staircases and railings.
Change the color of your tapered or votive candles to silver, white or gold, and decorate your table with a few well-placed ornaments. Try pieces made of crystal, pearl, mercury glass, cut glass, or mirrors. Let an untraditional Nutcracker stand guard on the mantel.

Maybe Modern isn’t your style? Try Traditional and Rustic styles this holiday season.

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