Home for the holidays: Local designers suggest decorating trends, offer tips for the season

Ready to deck those halls, but don’t know what decorating direction to take?

Local experts have some answers.

Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center interior decorating and finishing instructor Dodie Amigh shared some personal preference rather than professional.

“I think one of the neat things is I personally love my Christmas decorations to mimic the design of my home,” she said.

After decorating her home in browns and aquas about a year ago, she “immediately ran out and purchased all new Christmas decorations,” she said.

But that doesn’t mean out with the old, in with the new.

“The only tip I want to give most people is do not throw your old decorations away because everything in design as well as fashion repeats itself,” she said. “Put it in a box, put it in storage, because it will come back. And then you can mix and match later.”

Adler’s Landscape Nursery Inc. owner Jeff Adler advises using ornaments to decorate and suggests not gluing them in place.

He also suggests not cutting artificial tree branches but instead tucking them together so if you’re ready for a change the following year you can reconfigure them.

Over the past few years, burlap, a plain woven fabric made of fibers such as jute, has made it’s way back into people’s homes, but it’s not the country darling of the 1980s, but rather a more sophisticated look, Adler said.

The burlap trend has now come for the holidays with wreaths made of the natural-looking fabric, which “are probably going to be the hottest thing this Christmas as far as something new,” Adler said. “Poly Mesh was all the rage last year and this year the burlap’s taking over. Anything burlap is hot and you can work it into almost any home because it’s a bit more sophisticated than how it was used years ago.”

The frosted or icy look is enhancing decorating items such as pine picks.

“Anything with frost on it seems to be becoming a trend. It may be the frost and the ice looks so good that everyone seems to want it again because it looks great [rather than] something artificial and junky,” Adler said.

The hot colors this season are platinum and mercury blue, which works well with the burlap, Adler said.

Rusty found objects or even scrap metal are also on trend, along with jute twine to compliment the burlap and jingle bells in red, platinum or ones that are rusted, Adler said.

Adler is offering several how-to classes in November and December.

The hands-on “Make & Take Wreath” classes for wreaths made of burlap are at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 and 3 p.m. Nov. 30; for mesh wreaths classes are 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 12. Classes take place at Kings Family Restaurant, Sixth Avenue. Registration is $35 and includes $25 worth of materials.

The workshops taking place at Adler’s, 3110 Sixth Avenue, are: “Creating Impressive Mantels,” Nov. 13; “Designing Splendid Tabletops Using the Latest Trends,” Nov. 19; “Decorating Spectacular Trees,” Nov. 21; “Making a Wreath Using Fresh Greens,” Dec. 4 and 6; “Making a Kissing Ball Using Fresh Greens,” Dec. 11 and 13. A Happy Hour with refreshments begins at 6 p.m. and class starts at 6:30 p.m. The cost is also $35. The tree, tabletop and mantel classes include a $20 gift card. The wreath and kissing ball classes include materials for a take-home creation. To register, call Adler’s at 944-9334.

Sherry Burket of Hollidaysburg, who makes live pine wreaths at Christmas time, is another source for holiday decor. She also makes burlap wreaths, ribbon trees and garland.

While she gets supplies from crafting stores, she also collects pinecones on walks with her husband, Richard, who cuts out wooden items such as stockings for the decorations too, she said.

Depending on the supplies used to make a wreath, she sells them on average for about $25 to $30.

For more information, call Burket at 695-1595.

Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030.