How to Craft the Most Festive Centerpieces This Season


Three home design experts in Westchester County provide tips for creating an authentic holiday motif to brighten your tablescape.

Mix red and gold to create a big impact. Place a tightly bound arrangement of amaryllis and garden roses in a glass vessel for a stunning splash of red in the middle of the table. Add an extra layer of elegance by placing shiny, gold ornaments around the vase. Scatter additional gold ornaments, in varying sizes, down the center of the table to continue the look. Using a tiered cake stand, layer in pinecones — which you hopefully find outside — and cedar branches to give a great-smelling, outdoorsy centerpiece. [For a DIY centerpiece], take several unused wine bottles, spray them generously with mirrored spray paint, and add some candles. Instant ambience!”

—Sara Touijer, Principal, Touijer Designs, LLC

During the holidays, I like to work with natural elements of the season that evoke feelings of warmth, of soft flames from a cozy fire and a candlelit room. I bring together blooms in warm tones with pine trimmings and unique Christmas greens. Vibrant and deep-colored berries and pomegranates add a special touch of feast and celebration, for a truly rich
holiday setting.

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—Minoo Hersini, Owner & Creative Director, Au Ciel Flowers & More

[The centerpiece design] is going to depend upon the room —but I like organic, I like a little shimmer, a little sparkle and a mix of things that are natural and contrasting in color. Proportion is key as well. I would use oversized carved-wood fruits [some about the size of a football]; they have a metal stem and leaves, and I would mix that in with moss balls. Holiday ornaments are a great filler among green and wood. Also, add visual texture and layering; you want to create depth. What makes [a centerpiece] interesting is that it’s not just
one thing.

—Marie Graham, Owner, The Refreshed Home

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