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Classic Christmas Decorating

Classic Christmas Decorating
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Create a classic

Photo/Art by Francine Zaslow
Photo/Art by Francine Zaslow
Create a classic table setting by pairing white dishes with red napkins.

The Concord, New Hampshire, bungalow that Matthew and his wife, Jenny, call home is decked out for Christmas. The palette is traditional red and green with white accents. Linen napkins, iridescent cranberry glass, and bright apples grace the dining table. As to flowers, he recommends massing one type — it’s foolproof and often achieves a more dramatic look than a bouquet of mixed blooms. Here, vibernum berries and deep-red roses grace the table. Hollowed-out apples make innovative containers for votive candles. Matthew says that when entertaining, you can’t lose with “candlepower.” The flickering flames are romantic, elevating the occasion so guests feel special.

Yards of white pine or cedar roping and other greens like pittisporum and boxwood provide contrast and lushness, giving the garland-draped dining-room window a multidimensional quality. Matthew believes Christmas is a time to evoke memory and engage all the senses with music, the aroma of delectable food, and a rich, colorful environment.

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3 Responses to Classic Christmas Decorating

  1. Worcester Center for Crafts Worcester Center for Crafts November 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    I love vibernum berries!

    -Caitlin at the Worcester Center for Crafts

  2. Sharon Todd November 19, 2008 at 9:04 am #

    That table looks gorgeous and only three colors to decorate with. Now that I have to try this
    year. I too love vibernum berries.

  3. jeanne moran November 6, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    I begin my joy thinking of christmas in “AUGUST”………NOTHING MORE TO ADD !!!!

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