Designer: Lisa Peck, Lilu Interiors, Minneapolis, www.liluinteriors.com.
Holiday style: “Bubbly, light and happy,” said Peck. “There’s a little retro feel.” Holiday decorations are more visually appealing when they flow with the existing decor of your rooms, said Peck, who chose a color palette of mainly silver, gold with ivory and black accents for her 1920s bungalow. “I already had gray, yellow and white for the rest of the year, so silver and gold work well with that.”
Tree jewelry: Peck hung faux and authentic vintage brooches throughout her holiday tree, inspired by the cherished costume jewelry passed down to her from her grandmother. She wired together several brooches for more sparkle and sewed them onto ribbon. Other ornaments resemble dangling earrings. “Everyone has Christmas brooches they never wear,” she said. “Use them to dress up your tree.”
Tie a cream ribbon around the tree. “A cream ribbon with silver and gold makes the tree feel lighter, which works better in smaller spaces,” she said. The only heavy element is oversized black balls, which add depth and drama.
Mixed-metal mantel: Peck designed an asymmetrical arrangement of apothecary jars filled with silver, gold and pewter-hued balls of different textures and finishes illuminated by tiny “fairy lights.” She trimmed the mantel with shiny tinsel garland and ornaments wrapped in cream ribbon. “Common elements tie the tree and mantel together,” she said. To create layers, she advised first placing the heavier elements, such as the jars and tinsel garland, and building around them.