Creating the Perfect Holiday Indoor Holidayscape

Luxury Living Tampa Bay

Your holiday heart is revealed inside the home.

The holidays are here and with the season comes the delight of decorating your home. While the outdoor menagerie of lights and lawn ornaments often reveals the more whimsical, playful side of our tastes, your interior decor speaks a more personal tone. Traditional or trendy, your holiday heart is revealed inside the home.

For many, the holidays are an emotional time of year, reflecting on childhood memories of days gone past and favorite moments with family and friends. It can be an occasion to deck the halls with traditional favorites or create a fresh, modern tone, but while it is tempting to show off every trinket, too much sparkle isn’t a good thing.

“Decor should feel seamless and should communicate with an emotional component,” explains Darin Bahl, owner and lead designer with Tailored Twig in Tampa.

Ian Prosser, owner and event/floral designer at Botanica International Design & Décor Studio in Tampa, likes to incorporate suggestions of the holidays around the home. “Don’t move things out of the way to decorate or clear off pieces that
already make your home interesting.”

The holiday challenge…


The challenge is to create a theme that reflects you, not a showroom.

“You should show the happiness in your life, like items you collected from travels, the flea market or family heirlooms,” says Krayl Funch, a home and event stylist in Tampa.

That sentimental feeling should be cohesive in every room, with particular attention where you spend the most time, such as the family or living room.

“In my own home, I have one tree set up in the formal living room. I also set up another tree where I decorate with ornaments from my travels and then display a more casually decorated tree in another room,” Prosser says. “Every room tells a
different story.”

You can set up mini trees in the kids’ room that are decorated with school-made ornaments so they can create a winter wonderland and show off their personalities.

Small details make a big difference. Funch changes pillow covers to add a pop of color and uses different holiday glassware for entertaining. Change out bedding in the bedroom and add a few accent pieces at the foot of the bed or around the mirror. Displaying mini trees in the kitchen, bathroom and home office is also trendy.

If you prefer using the same trinkets and ornaments every year, you can still make them appear different by designing a new display. Add a new tablecloth or centerpiece or use varying heights to create interest. “If you have a two-story home, don’t limit the décor to the downstairs. Make it special with twinkle lights or garland so you can experience the holidays in every corner,” says Funch.

“Mantels are one of the most beautiful places to decorate. I use flameless candles as a high-end way to tie together floral arrangements,” says Funch. Cheryl Pacheco, owner of Carlson-Wildwood Florist in Largo, recommends weaving aromatic greenery on mantles and staircases to add a warm touch, accenting with pine cones or acorns and dazzling with twinkle lights.

Designers say the spectrum of colors this year favor silver and gold, with hints of burgundy and some brighter shades of green, but traditional red and hunter green will also remain popular. A shift to warmer, softer tones with rose gold is also gaining popularity.

Whatever color you choose, be consistent. If you opt for white lights, find arrangements that complement the theme, such as white poinsettias. If you prefer the colored “jellybean” lights, mix with foliage such as red poinsettias or a blooming cactus.

Blend the outdoors in the holiday home decore.


Blending the outdoors is an essential feature in the home, especially when choosing artificial or fresh arrangements. Fresh is best, says florists and designers, whether it’s the towering Christmas tree or the centerpiece on the dining room table for holiday meals.

The smells of the season begin the minute you walk into the house, by adding a fragrant wreath to the front door. “Fresh arrangements give life and communicate that feeling to guests who come into your home,” says Bahl.

He takes a cue from his Midwest upbringing and brings in the outdoors whenever possible. “In Florida, we have so many native pieces to use, like Brazilian peppercorn, known as ‘Florida holly’ with its festive bright pink and red

At The Potting Shed in Tampa, owner Sharon Smith and her team have been creating artful, organic arrangements for more than 40 years. One of the shop’s signature traditions is to design a vibrant display in containers that customers bring in, with fresh holly, pine cones and other foliage in shades of hunter green and red wrapped in soft ribbons with wire.

“We’re very organic in our arrangements and love bringing the outdoors inside,” she says. “We help our customers create beautiful holiday elegance in everything we do.”

Whether lavish or simple, use these tips to find your holiday style to create a home dressed for the season.

By: Katherine Ferrara

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