FASHIONABLY FESTIVE

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 2:00 PM
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Lisa Peck trimmed her merry mantel with tinsel garlands, and ties silver, gold and pewter ornaments with cream ribbon. She uses strings of battery-powered lights for mood lighting.

Photo: Photos by KYNDELL HARKNESS • kyndell.harkness@startribune.com,

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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.

Ornaments take center stage: “Highlight special memory ornaments inside clear glass cloches,” said Peck, who arranges them atop her heirloom piano. “Mirrors at the base give them sparkle.”

Festive flourishes: Peck attaches a dressy ornament with a pin to the back of each upholstered dining-room chair, tosses sparkly pillows on living room chairs and replaces framed family photos with holiday-themed versions. Battery-operated twinkle lights illuminate a glass candy bowl that holds white and silver balls. “I don’t like a room to be overly cloying,” she said. “I like it to be festive, but I keep it simple so it doesn’t feel like a department store.”

Ever-changing tree: Peck’s Christmas tree is a thoughtful composition of color, texture, shape and style. “I’m a designer, but I’m also a mom,” she said. “My children will get to hang their ornaments on the tree when it gets closer to Christmas.”

Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619















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  • Apothecary jars are filled with silver and gold balls in different textures and finishes, illuminated by battery-powered lights.

  • Interior designer Lisa Peck’s style is “bubbly, light and happy.”

  • For a holiday touch, Peck arranges silver snowflake ornaments around the silver candelabra she uses for a table centerpiece all year long.

  • Interior Designer Lisa Peck of Lilu Interiors, decorated her tree with ribbons and costume jewelry keeping the sliver, gold and ivory color scheme in her home in Minneapolis, Thursday, November 20, 2013. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com

  • Peck hung oversized black balls and inserted glittery black magnolia branches for depth and drama.

  • Mantel trimmings repeat the silver, gold and cream color scheme on the nearby Christmas tree.

  • Lisa Peck displays sentimental ornaments under glass cloches. Mirrors at the base add sparkle.

  • For her “jewelry tree,” Peck wires together vintage brooches and sews them on ribbon.

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