Tuesday 29 November 2011

Wrapped Presents - Not just for Giving!

For those of you who subscribe to ~delicious decor~ I hope you enjoyed the Christmas Newsletter I sent out last week.  Leading up to Christmas you can be sure that each post will consist of more fabulous festive decorating ideas.  I will also be elaborating on each of my 'Top Ten Home Decor Ideas for Christmas' featured in the newsletter, starting today with 'Wrapped Pressies'.   

With unlimited styles, colours and textures Christmas paper can sometimes be too lavish looking just to wrap presents with.  Department stores, schools and offices have always used false presents as decoration and even though the kids love to see (and madly shake) the real presents under the tree, they can also make fantastic decoration with little effort and -depending on how lavish the paper - little cost.  


The first thing to do is figure out where you may want to place the presents, as this will dictate the size of boxes you will need to use.  Scale is key in the world of design and placing teeny tiny boxes on top of a large mantle would just look inappropriate to the proportion of the overall vignette you are creating.  The picture above is a symmetrical design that appears to be well balanced.  Although I don't care much for the look of the pear lying atop the stacked boxes, if the pears work with the theme of the room then it really comes down to personal taste. - no pun intended -

I love how even the dog has been given a teal bow for a collar to tie in with the colour scheme.

While on your shopping travels, if you see wrapping paper that would work nicely with your holiday colour scheme and theme, pick up some extra to use for your display.  There are so many styles to choose from especially for those of us who enjoy the look and feel of  textured paper.  From sparkles to velvet , these can add real shimmer and luxury to your vignette.  

A traditional country look

Place boxes in multiples of at least three or more on places such as mantles, stair landings, under a sofa table, as part of a table scape or in the corner of a room.  This is also a great way to fill up any negative space or to add that extra layer to make the presentation more interesting.  

Beautifully stacked presents displayed by 'Ohh!! beautiful things' at the recent Holiday House Tours.

Don't forget the embellishments like ribbons, bows, feathers, beads or anything else you can think of to dress them up and make them look more pretty - if that's the look you are going for. 

Speaking of making things more pretty, if you find yourself shopping in the downtown Burlington area, why not head to 'Ohh!! beautiful things' on Brant Street to see what precious treasures are waiting for you there.   I popped in a couple of weeks ago and there are so many beautiful things to see.  Below are a few pictures I snapped of some great home decor and fashion accessories currently available for purchase in the store.

 To receive my 'Top Ten Home Decor Ideas for Christmas' Newsletter you need to be a subscriber of ~delicious decor~.  Once you've subscribed I will be sure to send you the Newsletter straight away.  Don't be left waiting for me to post about each one, Christmas is less than a month away now!  


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