Tips, tricks and time-honored ways to decorate for the holidays.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … the leaves are falling, winter is setting in, and holiday décor already fills store shelves. Are you planning to drag out those dusty boxes of Christmas decorations from the garage, or do you want something a bit more elegant this year?  
Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult. Creating an elegant space to host your holiday parties just takes a bit of planning. Thanks to a collaboration between Evergreen in Osage Beach and interior decorator Cara Massie, of Cara Massie Design, we’ve put together a beautifully-decorated Lake home that will give you ideas and inspiration for decorating for the holidays.

Where to begin
When decorator Cara Massie takes on a project to decorate a home, the architecture often dictates the kind of décor that will be used. This Adirondack-style lakefront home with exposed trusses, stone fireplaces, cedar shake and shiplap ceilings, all influenced the elements brought into the design.
“Walk through your house and let that be the starting point to your design,” Cara says. “Pay attention to the architectural style and details that will influence what you choose so that you have a cohesive look. We played upon this property's gorgeous stained wood and natural stone by adding natural elements and a ton of greenery. Christmas decor that is shiny, sparkly or glittery would have looked totally out of place."

Holiday Decorating Tips (by Cara Massie Design)
1. Don't be afraid to include your personal style. Your holiday design should be reflective of the family who lives there.
2. Don't ditch your heirloom or sentimental ornaments in order to achieve a “designer tree.” Incorporating items handed down over the years hold special Christmas memories for you and your loved ones! Figure out how to add them to your tree or create a secondary tree with all of the mementos from past Christmas celebrations.   
3. Cara says she likes to add “unexpected elements” that may not be considered typical tree ornaments. Home decor pieces, lanterns, oversized orbs and driftwood were all used in this holiday decorating project.   
4. Adding lighting with strands of Christmas lights and battery operated candles will give your home a warm glow all the way into February.  Look for battery operated lit garland for tricky areas like mantles and bannisters that don't offer easy access to electric outlets
5. Decorating early in the season will help you better enjoy the holiday season with your family and friends. Reduce stress by putting up your decor before Thanksgiving so you can dedicate more time to entertaining, sipping cocoa by the fireplace and marveling at how tranquil the Lake area is during the winter months.

Upcoming Event

Interested in finding out more and getting help from the professionals? Evergreen is hosting a holiday open house on November 4 & 5. See what they have to offer and meet the team. On November 16 a wreath making workshop hosted by Evergreen and Cara Massie Design will be held at 1932 Reserve.
For more information, call 573-346-2286.