Winston-Salem Interior Designer Believes “Less Is More”
…Except At Christmas!

Posted on | December 16, 2015 | No Comments

It’s hard to believe with this weather that Christmas is just around the corner. A few years back, guest blogger and Winston-Salem interior designer June DeLugas of June DeLugas Interiors shared these thoughts with us on Christmas decorating. North Carolina Design thought it was worth re-posting June’s love for decorating at Christmas and her ideas on exercising your artful resourcefulness this time of year.

Images Courtesy of June Delugas Interiors ©

Those who know me as a designer would certainly agree that I believe in resourcefulness. I also ascribe to the design principle of “less is more.” I say that I do… except when it comes to decorating for Christmas. I love holiday décor. When it comes to my tree, there is no doubt that I believe that more is superior to less.

Each year when I pull out my ornament boxes, somehow they seem to have multiplied. I know they are all mine, but there is just a hint of disbelief that I could have so many. If you are like me, from year to year, you cant’ always remember what you have until you unload the boxes. Once the ornaments are carefully unwrapped, the excitement is overwhelming. As I begin, I like to garnish my tree starting from the inside and moving outward. That way, I can normally get my 1,000 ornaments on the tree, creating depth as well.

My ornament collection is extensive and varied – going back as far as those that I made by hand of calico fabrics when I was a l5-year old – as well the most recently acquired Hallmark collectible blue Santa Claus from this past Tuesday night’s ornament exchange. There are the fun and the delicate – like the one I call “If Pigs Could Fly,” that I simply could not live without, and the hand blown chicken ornament that is oh so cute. My tree stands 9 feet tall with angels on two sides as the topper, with streamers of ribbon flowing, but no bow. For me, decorating the tree is not a labor but rather a joy.

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, the dining room is where artful resourcefulness can come in handy. In one elegant home shown here, a beautiful centerpiece accentuates a glass top table, while the Christmas tree picks up the colors in the living room. An antique mantel courting an antique mirror is carefully decorated to work with the French theme of the room. The mantle is brightened by additional lights and accented by flocked garland.

Two of the tables I have set and decorated for the holidays in my own home, including the dining room, have accents of blue, hand-lettered napkins with family members’ initials, place cards, antique plates, and silverware from the family. Being resourceful with the things you have and the memories of your family’s past can become the future memories you hand down to your own children.

Images Courtesy of June DeLugas Interiors ©

There’s a saying, “Do what you love, and love what you do.” For me that is definitely true. It just happens that during the holidays, I have the pleasure of enjoying it that much more.

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