Home Decor – Making a Holiday Window Decoration – 2

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Design Expert Jennifer Kirschnick shares her holiday window decorating tips.

    Jennifer Kirschnick

    Jennifer Kirschnick is the owner of an urban landscaping company located in Baltimore, MD called Baltimore Garden Company LLC. She became interested in nature while growing up on 10 acres in the country, where her parents taught her everything from how to grow vegetables to how to identify trees. She has an English degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC and a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been working in the landscaping industry for over 13 years.

    She has been married for two wonderful years to her husband, Jamol Khamzaev, who works in construction. They live in Baltimore with their cats Darcy, Max and Julius Caesar.

    In case, so we have added a few more greens, we have our lemons which are our centerpiece items in the middle. Then you just keep adding different what I call them accent pieces, they can be berries, this is Winterberry Holly, this is actually a native shrub in the Mid-Atlantic area, it is a really nice shrub to have in your garden. It gets berries this time of year and they last for part of the winter. So, you just place those in, they provide nice color in the arrangement. I will put those up here, then I always like to add Magnolia leaves to almost any winter decoration that I do, these are Southern Magnolia plants, they can get to be there are the couple of different Southern Magnolias that you can use in your garden.

    One is called Little Gem and it stays a lot smaller or the regular Southern Magnolia, it gets really large. But this is just nice to have the really smooth leaves in contrast with all those kind of fir, fruit stuff. The more fine, foliage that are placed dense. You just kind of place those, and you might have to try a couple of different locations to see what looks better, and fiddle with it a little bit. I put one more in at the bottom to balance it out and then I will just take a look at it every once in a while, see what it needs. Then you want some smaller pieces of greens, maybe some scraps that you can fill in any bare spots where you can see the floral foam in the middle.

    So, I am just using pieces of pine and little pieces of garland to fill in, then you can again to your end taste, you can continue adding berries or smaller pieces of greens, then when you think have it looking good, you have enough greens on the outside and you have enough accent pieces, and again, you can just play with it to see what you like. Then the last thing you do is just on the corners, it looks kind of funky to add something long and dramatic, I call it, this is Rosemary. Again, that you can grow in your garden and just put one piece, this is going to be the top of my arrangement. So, I am just going to put one piece on this corner and then one piece down on this corner.

    Again, it starts getting crowded in the cage at this point, so you just have to keep plain around with it. This one is actually long, so I am going to cut it down a little bit. Aha, that s it, finally. So I am going to add another plant that I like to use a lot in arrangements. It is called Oriental Bittersweet and you see this growing on the edges of woodlands a lot and it is actually an invasive plant. So, it is actually good if you cut it down, but it is really fun for floral decorations and again, we are going to stick that on opposite corners and this is going to stick out a little further, than our greens. Trying to find a home for it here. So, that is going to be piece that sticks out farther than the other one and then we will put it one more again on the corner to balance it out and again, you just have to play with it to see how it is going to look.

    A lot of times you want to step away from your arrangement and look at it so you are not so closed up, you get a better perspective of what it looks like from far away and here is an example of an arrangement that we have completed. Again, the accent plants are a little bit different, but the idea is to have something fun and colorful in the center with the greens all around and you can attach nails into the trim of the window, you can just keep the nails in all around, no one is really going to notice them or you can put a spring arrangement in and you attach the cage or your floral foam onto the nail and you have a beautiful arrangement for your window or again, you could use it on a column or even as a substitute for a reef on your door.

    Next we are going to show you how to make two different kinds of festive holiday containers that you can place next to your front door.