A Golden Holiday

Go for the gold to create holiday hues that will soothe, surprise and sparkle.
Mix with Green

Influenced by golden yellow, green takes on a tart look. This formally arranged mantel holds traditional evergreens, but it's a trio of just-shy-of-ripe Bartlett pears that puts an interesting spin on the color wheel.

Their yellow hue is picked up in the scalloped edges of the stockings, tailored from matelasse pillow shams. Hand-thrown cachepots and the arrangement's showpiece, a square wreath, also carry out the pear-green scheme.

Accent with White

This neutral-toned seating area is dressed for the holidays with a mouth-watering color combo of berry and honey. A large wreath of gilded lemon leaves draws the eye toward the windows.

To make an equally rich wreath, spray clusters of fresh lemon leaves, still on their stems, with gold paint. Let them dry, then insert the stems into a plastic-foam wreath form until it's densely covered.

Almost touching the ceiling with a topper made from cranberry glass, the living room tree is decorated with a mix of old and new traditional ornaments. The amber lights bathe new and old ornaments in a light similar to candle glow. A garland of red, green, and gold glass trinkets strings all the colors together.

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