World events designer Edward Perotti has managed more than 2000 events, including social festivals, ornate weddings, corporate affairs and notable events in places such as the Versailles Palace, the Louvre, the Great Wall of China and the Istanbul Cathedral. We asked him for ideas to help Freshhouse readers create the perfect winter wonderland at home during this holiday season.
Winter Wonderland Holiday Decor
At every event Perotti designed around the world, you will expect him to come back home and just relax during the holidays. “But that’s actually the opposite. The second wind always seemed to blow, and I was inspired to decorate a new home.”
He is passionate about decorating the house himself without the help of his event team or even the florist. “It’s only me and my holiday elves-otherwise known as my family.”
Perotti brings his event design perspective to his personal decoration. “It’s a cohesive experience and we need to convey our overall emotions,” he says. “We live in sunny California, so our winter is not far from freezing, but we are making our own winter wonderland this year”
Perotti is not a fan of overwhelming decoration. “I don’t believe in the decorations that hit you on the head in the theme. Instead, I like to create mood and emotion at the moment of design,” he says. “The trick is to establish a flow from the front door to the mantle and continue it all over the house. It all needs to be tied and talked with common threads.”
This is what Perotti is doing to decorate the look of his home this year.
Give the glass panel of the front door icing and give it a frosted appearance. This is in stark contrast to his dark walnut door.
Using a square wreath made of laurel leaves hung from one corner so that it looks like a diamond. This contrasts with the classic circle wreath and sets the tone of modern and non-traditional decoration.
We take things that have been inherited and recycle them. For example, the head of a plaster rabbit in the Netherlands is incorporated in the center of the wreath.
It is potted in a galvanized metal bucket and encloses the door with five lightly sprinkled evergreens with fake snow. In the tree, small crystals are attached to the branches.
Starting from the fireplace, Perotti explains:
I searched for (and found) the idyllic, long (about 3 ‘) single horns that we put on our little mantle. I use this to hang stockings. This year, the stocking is ivory velvet trimmed with faux fur.
Fireplace The fireplace is a whitewashed brick. Very modern throughout the year, but also great for winter wonderland. Since we lost the actual use of our fireplace in our remodeling (California Building Code), the inside of the fireplace is a great place to create a winter exhibit.
White poinsettia, elements of mercury glass (never too much mercury glass!), Vases, oversized ornaments, deer horns, pine cones, battery operated mini LED lights, combined with candles, in the fireplace Make a winter motif. (We use LOTS OF CANDLES for this. The artifacts of the remote control are great so you can switch on / off with one click.)
Trim the tree
The tree is constantly updated regularly. In the winter wonderland theme, this is what Perotti says.
Ornaments and decorations are cream, mercury glass and crystals. To continue recycling, I will also include decorations made of boxes, wrapping paper, books and so on.
Clear light adds to the brilliance you need.
In line with our overall design thinking, the trees are crowned with a beautiful silver Frank Lloyd light tree topper.
The wooden skirt matches the stock made from the same fur with velvet ivory.
“Through the rest of the house, I reinforce with a theme-style vignette. The landing Credenza, the coffee table, and even the landing of the stairs all start in the winter wonderland,” says Perotti. “This house is filled with the coolness of ivory, crystal, mercury glass and the warmth of fake fur and candles.”
Perotti says the trick is to set the dining table once to entertain and make it available every day. Thus, he says you don’t have to change anything from the beginning to the end of the holiday season.
Along the theme of winter wonderland, he has created a toned decor runner by design.
I spray paint the frosted white linen on them, starting from the corner of my throat. Then I paint the mason jars with the same matte white (four each).
Then I’m going to add an assortment of mini mercury glass vases and the remaining silver ornaments and white tipped pine cones.
The final finish for the runner is an ivory hydrangea. It is added to make an eclectic runner that is made up of itself but tied in with the overall holiday decoration style.
Add a galvanized metal charger, a gray and white dark striped napkin, and a basic white china to place the table in order to have a fun table.
“If you want your dinner to be family friendly, add a variety of white, metal and clear glass cake pedestals,” Perotti says. “Place a platter of food on them and make your dish a part of decoration.”
He has provided hints to our readers, but Perotti gives this last advice. Play with it, but make it your own.