By: Megan Kirk
Tis’ the season to be jolly, and some local designers show Detroiters how to deck the halls of their home this holiday season. From trimming trees to holiday decor, these decorators have residents of the city covered.
Renee Marie, the owner of Renee Marie Events, is showcasing the main holiday staple and adding a personal touch. Known as the Christmas Tree Queen, Marie has decorated Detroiters’ trees such as gospel artist Kierra Sheard and rapper Kashdoll, just in time for the holiday season. Now, Marie is helping residents get ready to create a winter wonderland in their homes.
“I’ve been telling people to add trees to their bedrooms,” Marie says. “It doesn’t have to be the super tall trees, but a smaller tree to make it feel festive.”
Creating a cozy ambiance is key for Marie. From throw pillows to garland, turning your home into the perfect holiday escape doesn’t have to be grueling or break the bank.
“Switch out your pillows on your couch. Add throws and blankets to make it cozy and festive,” Marie shares. “It doesn’t have to be expensive, go to stores like HomeGoods and Michaels.”
No matter the size of the tree, there are decorating tips for each. For fuller trees, The Christmas Tree Queen suggests adding some scaled items to help give the tree body.
“The way my trees look so full, I use different size bulbs. That’s what’s going to make it look fuller,” Marie explains. “Also, ribbons and flowers. With the combination of all that, that’s what’s going to create the illusion of a fuller tree.”
The Christmas tree extraordinaire suggests mixing fabrics and colors with an existing theme to create the perfect holiday look.
“Pick a color scheme. Go with the color scheme of your home and coordinate with the colors, but add an accent color so it can pop and stand out,” Marie says.
Alongside building the perfect tree, holiday decor for the home is vital in having a merry little Christmas. Interior Enthusiast, Sheree Jackson, is helping her clients create looks for this season.
Starting with an unlikely place, this designer suggests beginning with the outside decor to transform the home and bring in all the holiday feels.
“Your porch decor; that is the must have item. It feels so good to drive up and see that decor,” Jackson says. “You can add reefs, signs or mums. It gives you that wow factor.”
Having more than six years of home decorating experience, finding the wow factor for any home is this decor enthusiast’s first goal.
“I find that wow factor. Once I find that, everything else falls into place,” Jackson says.
Re-designing the common spaces for the holidays does not have to be a complete overhaul. Small touches of holiday decor can help gradually morph your home become full of the Christmas spirit.
“Start with candles. Candles themselves give the home an entirely different look. It’ll spruce up your dining table, coffee table or mantle,” Jackson shares.
Another Christmas holiday staple is getting a revamp for this holiday season. Hanging mistletoe is a tradition Jackson keeps alive in her home. Adding a small touch of sparkle and sealed with a kiss, introducing mistletoe to the holiday decor is another small way to change the space.
“I typically hang mistletoe in my doorways. My husband now looks for them, so I sneak and hang them in the middle of the night,” Jackson muses. “Drape a string of pearls around the mistletoe to give it that added wow.”
If you are on a budget this season but still want to add some holiday decor to the home, Jackson suggests creating your items or visiting a store with cost-effective options.
“You have to turn into a do-it-yourselfer. You can make your own Christmas bulbs or Christmas stockings,” Jackson explains. “You can take a picture frame, glue a mirror inside and stick a sequin Christmas tree in it. Everything can be purchased at the dollar store and it becomes instant decor.”
In addition to small decor changes, the dining room can also serve as a focal point for families. Using different touches in this space can help convert the room into a winter oasis.
“If you have a formal dining room space, play up that part. If you play up that part really strong, you don’t have to do much to the space,” Jackson shares.
While decorating can be exhausting, you do not have to do it alone. Bringing children in on decorating the home can quickly turn into a holiday tradition they would remember for seasons to come.
“Make sure you’re involving your kids. Make them feel like they’re a part of it. I let my girls decorate their own tree,” Jackson explains.
While COVID-19 has caused a shift in celebrating this season; more families are looking to create memories. Remodeling your home into the perfect Christmas getaway can help add some holiday cheer.
“People know they cannot go out and celebrate with their family and friends for the holidays. So, they bring it to their house,” Marie says.
“Since we’re all dealing with COVID, you want to make your home warm and comfortable,” Jackson shares.
Leave Santa speechless with these holiday tips. For more decorating inspiration to rock around the Christmas tree, follow Renee Marie on Instagram @reneemarieevents or email Sheree Jackson at LuxeLifeInteriors@outlook.com.