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Christopher Radko

November 09, 2009 07:00 ET

Christopher Radko® CEO Heather Shepardson Shares 20 Decorating Tips for the 2009 Holidays

TARRYTOWN, NY--(Marketwire - November 9, 2009) - The Christopher Radko Company, the producer of fine holiday collectables and decor, and its CEO, Heather Shepardson, share their favorite holiday decorating tips of the season.

"At Radko we are thinking about holiday décor all year round. We've seen the trends come and go but know that holidays are really about tradition and making lasting memories. And this year that seems to be especially true," said Heather Shepardson, CEO of Christopher Radko. "I am happy to share my experience, tips and personal ideas with any fellow holiday enthusiast. This year my mantra is to spend more time with your loved ones and make holiday decorating a tradition in your family."

Below are Heather's 20 latest tips and ideas for holiday decorating in 2009.

Trees
1)  Wrap lights all the way to the center of your tree to give it a
    warmer glow that comes from within.
2)  Display your treasured keepsake ornaments at eye level in the front of
    the tree so they can be easily viewed and appreciated. Remember to
    use specially designed stronger clips for your large and favorite
    ornaments so that they hang beautifully and stay secure.
3)  Use inexpensive luminescent and colorful ball ornaments as filler in
    the center of the tree to hide bald spots and to reflect the light.
    This will make your tree fuller and more radiant.
4)  Keep the trimmings from your tree for decorating your mantel or
    staircase with the fragrant greenery.  Place small pieces of
    leftover greenery decoratively in small bud vases with shiny red
    ribbons for quick and easy added décor anywhere in your home.

Wreaths
5)  Tie festive ribbons to your wreaths, topiary bases and amaryllis
    plants. Then hang small ornaments from the center of the bow for
    sparkle and shine.
6)  Turn your broken ornaments into a unique, colorful and beautiful
    wreath or centerpiece.
7)  Look for festive wreath kits that make decorating your live wreath
    quick, easy and beautiful. After the holidays be sure to store the
    pieces of the kit together for next year.
8)  Remember that wreaths are not just for outside. For lively indoor
    holiday décor with a wonderful aroma hang wreaths on your children's
    rooms' doors, above fireplace mantels or on the inside of your front
    door.

Tabletop & Dining
9)  Add a festive spray to the backs of chairs with greens, ribbons, bows
    and tie a small shiny ornament to the center.
10) Fill a glass bowl with beautiful, sparkling ornaments and reflectors
    for a wonderful centerpiece.
11) For festive and easy napkin holders, tie thick ribbons around cloth
    napkins and attach a small red or green ornament.
12) Decorate your chandelier using greenery, floral and beaded garlands.
    Hang colorful or glass ornaments that reflect light from the arms
    of your fixture. Use zip ties, pipe cleaners or floral wire to secure
    decorative elements for easy removal after the holidays.
13) Fill clear vases with fresh cranberries, kumquats and/or seasonal nuts,
    add water and top it with a floating luminescent candle. Three of these
    together make a beautiful glowing arrangement.
14) Display different sized ball ornaments on a tiered cake stand with
    glittered pinecones and nuts gilded with metallic spray paint. Use many
    colors together or choose multiple variations of one color for a
    dramatic look.

Mantle & home décor
15) Set up a nostalgic display of old fashioned paper houses, fake
    snow/mini trees, decorative greenery and vintage cards around an old
    radio for a retro feel.
16) Fill a bowl with red and white Jordan almonds, candy canes and ribbon
    candy for a whimsical and sweet display.
17) Pull back your drapes using Christmas garlands instead of the normal
    tiebacks. This will add extra Christmas flair while letting additional
    light into the house.
18) Arrange festive tabletop trees in your foyer to bring a splash of
    Christmas spirit into the entryway of your home.
19) Save space and money by making your own holiday pillow covers with
    festive Christmas fabric. Slip them over your everyday throw pillows
    during the holidays and simply pack them away with your decorations
    after Christmas has passed.
20) In addition to your Christmas tree, decorate your other large house
    plants. Use the same types of festive ornaments, lights, and bows.
    It will extend the holiday feel throughout your home.

About Christopher Radko®

For almost a quarter of a century the Christopher Radko® name has symbolized the Standard of Excellence within the giftware industry as the unparalleled producer of the finest handmade European-made glass ornaments. The seasoned design team of Radko Artists work tirelessly focusing on market trends and innovative design techniques to ensure that each collection created is worthy of the "Radko" name. The Christopher Radko brand is distributed and marketed through independent gift stores, major department stores and specialty retailers nationwide. For more information regarding the Christopher Radko Division of Rauch Industries, Inc, please call 1-800-71-RADKO.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Heather Shepardson
    CEO of Christopher Radko
    914.345.6114
    Email Contact