Palestine Magazine Holiday Edition - Page 12

Home for the holidays — all of them Story and photos by Amy French

Tammie Flowers said to decorate a mantle it is best to build it little by little starting with greenery .

Whether you choose to satiate your Griswold-laden dreams or just like the simplicity of a winter wreath , the holidays kick off before fall actually does for many people .

The great thing is , there are innumerable ways to add your own personal flair to Halloween , Thanksgiving and Christmas . Whatever the level of commitment , there are options to suit .
We reached out to local vendors and those with a decorating flair to offer suggestions for all the upcoming holiday decorating .
For some , Halloween decorating starts when the calendar flips from August into September and the Palestine Lowe ’ s was prepared for those early decorators .
With everything from bird and rodent-like skeletons to decorative pillows and massive inflatables , the Lowes home improvement company packs it in for those who enjoy the silly to the downright scary . There were also early options for anyone just wanting the subtle and cozy .
Like any holiday decorating , individuals can do a mash-up of all kinds of elements and still attain an overall ghoulish feel . There is also the option of choosing a theme , be it a particular creepy movie setting or a color .
Black and orange are obvious color choices , but with the available array , a non-traditional color can also have a particularly powerful effect . White works well and can encompass ghosts , pumpkins , drop cloths , masks , flowers . Another fun , spooky option is red . Red flowers , red paint and fake blood can transform any setting to truly frightening .
Janet Staples ’ s painted gourds are a fun and friendly Halloween decoration .
If spooky isn ’ t your thing , pumpkins are a simple and effective way for letting the neighbors know you are set for the season . They can be grouped in the yard , near the front door or on tabletops throughout the house .
Creative options also abound for carving . Pinterest is full of techniques for clever carvings from the super simple to delicately detailed .
Painting pumpkins for particular meanings has also become popular .