Dress Your Home: Our Decorating Philosophy
Do you, like so many other people, get overwhelmed at the thought of decorating your home for a party or holiday? Fear not! Lark and Olive is here to help! The easiest way to break it down for you, is to compare dressing your home with dressing yourself.
When I get dressed, I think about four things: shoes, clothing, jewelry, bag. Just like dressing yourself, we find it helpful to break it down to four areas of concentration in dressing your home: font door, dining table, coffee table, and mantle.
It is important to decorate your front door because it is the first and last impression people have of your home. Your guests and neighbors see your front door, so you want to make sure your front door is decorated just as well as the rest of your home.
You don’t have to have a big wreath for every occasion. You can put up a decorative wreath hanger in lieu of a wreath for occasions such as parties, or showers. These are wreaths that you will not hang for long periods of time.
Your dining table is a gathering place. When decorating for a holiday, season, or occasion, it’s nice to have a centerpiece for your dining table. Your dining table does not always have to be extravagantly decorated.
It’s always a good idea to have a basic dining table wardrobe. My basic dining table wardrobe is a pair of hurricane candle holders and a pretty bowl for an orchid in the center. The nice thing about a basic wardrobe is that it’s simple to add accessories.
For holidays and occasions, it’s easy to leave the hurricanes and replace the bowl and orchid with pumpkins for fall season – or simply add a table runner.
The coffee table is typically the center of your most commonly used room – the living room. Not only is it festive to decorate your coffee table, but it makes the room look complete. My favorite coffee table decoration is a bowl!
I like to think of my coffee table bowl as the “little black dress” of my decorations. It goes with any accessory for any occasion and it always looks good! Using a bowl is helpful because it narrows down my coffee table decorating options, and it makes it easier for me to choose what to put on the coffee table for each season.
For instance, during fall, I fill the bowl with gourds. For Halloween, I fill it with Halloween ornaments and for Christmas, I fill it with glass ornaments or place poinsettias in it. Just like everyone needs a little black dress in their closet, everyone needs a coffee table bowl in their home decor repertoire.
The mantle is a focal point of every home. It can be intimidating to decorate the mantle because of its long, skinny awkward size. I prefer to have height on the ends of the mantle, and something low in the middle. When thinking about decorations to adorn your mantle, keep in mind items like topiary trees, and hurricane candle holders. If you don’t have a mantel, don’t worry, these guidelines are helpful for console tables too.
These easy guidelines and four focal points will help you easily decorate for any occasion! Let us know if you have any questions, or if we can offer any additional advice! Simply fill out the “Contact Us” form on the homepage.