Indianapolis florist gives tips on decorating for the holidays

Indianapolis florist gives tips on decorating for the holidays

Spruce up your mantel to add even more warmth to your fireplace this winter. We asked florist Kathy Hinderliter, owner of Kathy’s Kloset in Indianapolis, to show us how to decorate one for the holiday season.

“Most of my clients want their home decorated the day after Thanksgiving,” Hinderliter says. “Decorating the mantel really sets the mood for the entire room.”

  • “Use both fresh and artificial garland. Fresh garland is actually less expensive, has a nice fragrance, and you don’t have to store it when you aren’t using it. Since it can be used every year, a quality artificial garland that looks realistic is also a good investment.”

  • "Fragrance is a must for the holidays. Using things from your garden — like fresh arborvitae, boxwood and false cypress — allows you to embellish the garland and add wonderful aromas. Just remember that it’s important to mist the fresh greens weekly so they last the entire season. After the holidays are over, you simply toss them onto a compost pile.”

  • “Include natural elements. The latest trend in holiday decorating is to go green by adding pine cones, cinnamon sticks, dried hydrangeas and twigs. You can leave the objects natural or — for added shine — gild them with gold or silver.”

  • "Lights are essential for a warm and inviting feeling. String holiday lights with green cords through the garland. Remember that a lot of mantels don’t have outlets, and if it doesn’t, the cord must be hidden or it will look tacky.”

  • "Accent the design. Use glassware of different heights, then fill them with colored balls for a striking effect. To add drama, I like to use garden pots filled with fresh greens, twigs and artificial berries. Ribbon can also be swagged throughout the natural elements. If you have traditional holiday collections, like snowmen, a few can go on the mantel but space them out so they don’t look cluttered.”

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