Star quality holiday decor tips

Looking for tips on how to decorate your home for the holidays? Take inspiration from the five celebrity designers who transformed well-known venues in Niagara Falls into magical holiday scenes as part of the Winter Festival of Lights’ Deck the Falls tour. Elements from these grand schemes can easily be translated to homes, large or small.

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“In addition to lit trees, I love using LED strips and twinkle lights to enhance holiday vignettes,” Christine Dovey. “Large light globes are another wonderful way of getting high impact holiday sparkle, especially when placed beside a fireplace.”

“I love natural items in my holiday décor,” says Jo Alcorn. “Add in birch logs to your home for a holiday feel — whether it’s outside in an urn or a pile by your fireplace.”

“My best advice is to have fun with it! Invite friends over, have a glass of wine and let the décor take centrestage,” advises Janette Ewen. “Neutral colour schemes like gold, silver and white always look chic and are easy to work with. For 2016 my favourite theme is enchanted forest — it’s easy to achieve by adding touches of moss, along with woodland and animal motifs.”

“My number one tip is to incorporate colour pulled from your current decor — such as art — to create a cohesive feel,” says Kasia Waloszczyk. “For example, if you have art that contains a smokey teal, add some faux fur pillows in the same tone to bring in a cozy texture. Lastly, I always love to accent in whites — it truly brings the winter vibe indoors!”

“I love to incorporate a little DIY,” says Nicholas Rosaci. “For the Winter Festival of Lights I created two custom toy soldiers. We gave them a makeover with paint, beautiful ribbons, velvets and gem stones. You can also wrap empty boxes in gorgeous paper to create a little bling under your tree.”

To see these delightful designer spaces, head to Niagara Falls for the Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tour taking place Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4 from 5 p.m .to 10 p.m., and Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit


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