Friday, August 1, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Light touch: tricks for decorating fixtures

By
From page C1 | November 20, 2013 |

1120 GG light decorW

Chandeliers offer a brilliant stage for awe-inspiring displays that will take your seasonal decorating to the next level. SHNS photo

By Mary Carol Garrity

Want to achieve a big visual impact in seasonal decorating with minimal effort? The answer is above your head: your light fixtures. Chandeliers offer a brilliant stage for awe-inspiring displays that will take seasonal decorating to the next level. You can do as much or as little as you want and still get great results. You just have to know a few tricks of the trade.

1. Branch out: The first place I tackle when I decorate my home for fall and winter is the dining-room chandelier. Through the years, I’ve had a blast as I’ve tried different approaches. There are times I’ve gone a bit crazy. Once, I used my chandelier as the anchor for a huge canopy of pine branches, which extended out into the dining room, then dangled ornaments and ribbons from the boughs so it looked as if you were dining under a Christmas tree. Other times, I’ve simply twisted a few seasonal greens around the arms of the fixture and called it good.

Before you begin, decide whether you want to create a display that is big and showy, or one that is super-simple. Then pull out a ladder, line up your decorating tools and start having fun. (Just be very careful as you navigate the ladder!)

Speaking of securing branches to the fixture …

Sometimes I leave the branches long so they reach far out into the room, creating airy, organic arrangements. Other times, I trim the twigs tightly so the fixture display will be dense. We’ve experimented with different ways to secure branches to fixtures, and have found that clear zip ties work best. They are strong enough to hold just about everything yet don’t show.

2. Entwine some vine: When we decorate light fixtures at Nell Hill’s, we always include lifelike seasonal garland and picks. Our goal is to use the faux vines, leaves, berries and grasses to create a suspended bouquet that mimics nature.

First, spend a few minutes fluffing out the garland and picks, twisting and shaping them so they look lifelike. This small investment of time will make all the difference in the finished look. Then, weave the vines in and out of the arms and chain of the fixture, willy-nilly, so it doesn’t look fussy or staged. If you are using fallen branches, twist and loop the faux greens up and around the twigs and the fixture itself so they look like they just grew there on their own.

Depending upon your preference, you can make the display open and airy, with tendrils of vines looping free, jutting up and hanging down. Or, you can keep the vines and picks closer to the fixture.

3. Dangle some baubles: There is something sort of magical about being able to walk under a canopy of beautiful things, woven together in a multilayered tapestry. You can create a dramatic result at home by dangling treasures from your light fixture.

We once swirled bare honeysuckle vines around the fixture, then hung clear glass prisms from the vine using white satin ribbons.

Get creative when dreaming up baubles you can hang from your own fixture. Christmas-tree ornaments are perfect. So are hanging glass votive cups holding battery-operated tea lights or fresh flowers.

4. Finish with finesse: Once your branches and greens are up and secured, add a few finishing touches. Seasonal ribbons are the fastest, easiest way to weave in a bit of color and texture.

Comments

comments

Scripps Howard News Service

.

News

What’s the buzz?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
Davis Reads book project focuses on veterans

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

Carbahal and Company celebrates 30 years

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

 
UCD chancellor is coming up for five-year review

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

A week of groundwater news in the Year of Groundwater

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Candidate goes homeless to showcase economic gap

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Increase in health plan costs is slowing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Kashkari’s campaign coffers depleted

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Parents can learn all about IEPs

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

10 essential herbs are focus of Davisite’s talk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Bee beard photo wins award

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Need a new best friend?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Businesses can learn about PR strategies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Enjoy films, beer at benefit Friday night

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Target hosts National Night Out celebration

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Digital device use is up among school-age children

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
 
Backpacks for Kids launches annual donation drive

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

Seniors share homes for savings, companionship

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
City of Davis recruits for its advisory commissions

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Farmers Market shoppers can pick up free reusable produce bags

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

It’s not what they thought

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Protect and expand Medicare

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

It’s insurance against extremes

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Political cartoon was offensive

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

Let’s gas up for TAPS

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Railroads, listen up and respond

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A8

 
Treat children as refugees

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
.

Sports

Swimley recalls a budding star in Giants’ Susac

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
Nick Watney leads Barracuda Championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Stuart named to outstanding placekicker watch list

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Going, going, gone: A’s trade Cespedes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Safety Bethea finding a groove with new 49ers team

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
UCD women’s golf tees up tough schedule

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B8

.

Features

.

Arts

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Droll sci-fi hijinks

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
Barnyard Theatre adds ‘Pinky’ performance after sold-out opening night.

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

WOH to hold auditions for ‘Zuccotti Park’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
‘Tunes on Tuesdays’ come to Freeman Park

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

.

Business

Grand Cherokee: A grand, and long, ride

By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

Patricia Eileen Hershberger

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
John Vernon McLane Wayland

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Don Fife

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Nancy Jane Fife

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Clara Meyerhoff

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
.

Comics

Comics: Friday, August 1, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A6