Thursday, December 14, 2006
Style File: Holiday Help
From decorating to gift-wrapping, the holidays can often make you feel as grumpy as Scrooge. But hold on to your eggnog -- in tonight's Style File, Belkys Nerey shows us how to keep your holiday simple and stylish.
WSVN -- Don't let the Grinch steal your holiday spirit when it comes to wrapping presents.
This year, you can gift wrap like a pro.
Johanna Nunez: "You're basically looking for texture. You're looking for color and you're looking for embellishments, because embellishment is what really finishes off the gift."
Instead of traditional bows and ribbons, look around your house for small items that'll keep the package from looking ho-hum.
Johanna Nunez: "Whether it's something from the potpourri pile and kind of grab it and, normally, I recommend you stay away from the obvious."
And, when it comes to the paper you choose, think outside the box.
Johanna Nunez: "A lot of metallic is in ,and, obviously, sparkle is always in for the holiday season."
If that doesn't jingle your bell, the elves at Paper Fetish and Design Studio will personally wrap and ship all your gifts.
And call it "Secret Santa", but the ladies won't wrap and tell, so no one has the same design.
Johanna Nunez: "It really is about knowing who you are giving the gift to and kind of figuring out the personality you are trying to achieve by the gift wrapping."
Now that we've wrapped that up, let's tackle your table.
Floral designer Israel Sands suggests creating a centerpiece that mixes the beauty of South Florida with holiday color.
Most of the ingredients can come right from your yard!
Israel Sands: "Here we are mixing some tropical greens with pinisporum and then, of course, the Christmas pines. We used the red pinkish air plants to create the Christmas color, but we also used the pink roses."
Christmas greens are also an easy way to make your home look and smell good.
Then add some Christmas color to them with air plants.
Israel Sands: "It's really a celebration of the season, and I really love when you do them in groups of four."
The foursome added some holiday cheer to Kathryn Orosz coffee table.
Kathryn Orosz: "I think that it's really nice to just have a few little highlights in one's home."
And these mini-Christmas trees jazzed up her dining room table for a holiday party.
Kathryn Orosz: "I gave my guests each one of these to take home to kick off their holiday. It's a really wonderful little gift."
After all, it's always better to give than receive.
Israel also offers floral design classes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Paper Fetish Design Studio
2500 SW 28 Lane
Coconut Grove, FL