A Timeless Holiday Season

The holidays brings joy to many. Pinterest-fanatics can finally implement their “Christmas Decor” board and deck the halls with holly for the cold season. We run into a common issue though; modern interiors were very popular this year, and you may be concerned on how to maintain the clean aesthetic while still being jolly. By picking a color scheme, keeping decorations impactful, and other techniques, you can have a happy holiday season while still impressing the family.

Color Coordination

Everyone knows the classic colors red and green; they’re a go-to when choosing items at the store. Using lots of these together can create a jumbled feeling in your house and often don’t suite the existing color scheme. Silver and gold are great substitutes to fix this problem. Silver can be beautifully paired with red or green. It will create a modern look and glimmer like newly fallen snow. When silver is the main color, it may be accented with both red and green, making an extra festive look. Gold works the great with red, adding hints of luxury with the warmer tones. This pair creates a very welcoming atmosphere for guests.

Here we focus on the red theme.

Try doing the unexpected for Christmas too! Blue decor can effectively create a winter wonderland with silvery whites. Or a wreath adorned with cinnamon and oranges will be eventful and have a welcoming smell.

Soft blue with silver reflects a wonderland.

Impactful Decorations

Placement is a big factor when decorating. Overcrowding with trivial items will waste away in the space and look cluttered. A few complimentary items next to each other, or a large item, will have the best effect when centrally placed. Working off this emphasis is beneficial, growing around the space. This will then make the design effective.

Your eye goes directly to the merry sign!

Use Existing Items

You may have a few table-scapes already set up or decorative water cans hanging around your home. Good news for you! Save money by incorporating these. Just update them to fit the current season. Evergreens, red berries, and candles are cheap items that can be placed around a centerpiece. Add wintery foliage and lights inside pots or vases to maintain that holiday glam.

Time to use those pots you have laying around.


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Day 30: Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes

A little late, but here is what we were up to on the last day of giving thanks for design.

A day spent setting up our table scape for the Sanford Historic Trust Holiday Tour of Homes. Thats a mouthful, and it was certainly an event to match. Nearly 900 people spent their Friday evening walking the streets of Historic Downtown Sanford. The weather was perfect and the homes were cheerfully decorated to the nine. Here are are a few shots that I took with my iPhone – not the best quality, but you will get the picture. I will have to gather the pictures that my sister took with her Nikon and post them this week!


The concept of An Urban Christmas for Two is simple…Anything Goes. We used mixed media to create an eclectic and worldly atmosphere. Setting the mood with lots of candles and creatively strung lights.

Reflective Perspective A.Clore Interiors

We wanted to set the table with a simple elegance. No table cloths or runners, just the exposed wood trestle table we had donated from Washburn Imports. The setting was silver square chargers with gold rimmed Noritake China and atop we used an antique birds nest to tie in a natural element. Gold rimmed wine glasses accompanied by silver accessories create a subtle sense of glamour.

Birds Eye View A.Clore Interiors

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The raffle table was illuminated from below creating a romantic ambiance and also provided a space to showcase some of my mothers body soaps. Six months ago, she launched her own brand of all natural bath and body products named Submerge. She graciously put together a “Stress-Less Bucket ” filled with samplings off all her products. On the table I used one of my favorite Frank Lloyd Wright quotes:

FLW Quote A.Clore Interiors

skirt the rules A.Clore Interiors

The accessory table vignette showcased a variety of different design elements. Here we said to “Skirt the Rules” – its okay to mix Silver and Gold, Old and New, White and Cream, Masculine and Feminine, Rustic and Chic. What some say you are not supposed to do…..we did.

Opposites Attract A.Clore Interiors

Barbed Backdrop A.Clore Interiors


This backdrop was the focal point of the scape. Put together with some supplies at home depot, some creativity and a little time – we created this awesome backdrop for only $20! Rebar, Barbed Wire, Bed Sheets and Christmas lights…voila!!

DIY Backdrop A.Clore Interiors

Hope you enjoyed our sneak peak into this weekends festivities. We will do a feature with the professional photos that were taken during the day tour soon!!! So check back!