Today’s news:

Five holiday decorating tips from a White House-worthy florist

Brooklyn Daily

Emily Thompson, DUMBO’s florist extraordinaire, took her talents to the White House last month — transforming the East Room into a wooded wonderland for the holidays. Here’s five quick and all-natural tips on decking Brooklyn’s halls:

•For the Christmas tree, use lots of one thing: “I love using lots of one thing. If it’s tinsel, really go crazy with the tinsel. If it’s popcorn and cranberries, try covering the tree in a web of the stuff.”

• Forage for wild material: “During my childhood, we made a lot of chains of pine cones, wiring them into these long ropes. And after a big storm last year, I found sweet-gum tree pods and horse chestnuts. It’s hard to forage in Brooklyn but you can do it.”

• Decorate with fruits and vegetables: “Make bowls of clementines and kumquats or other citrus and poke a few bits of foliage like fresh bay leaves into the crevasses between the fruit to dress it up. The bowls can be in an entryway or part of a buffet or side table.”

• Use evergreen as a last-minute touch: “Tucking evergreen foliage around candles, ornaments or trays of cookies adds an immediate seasonal feel.”

• Don’t be afraid of nostalgia and excess: “Cover an entire tree with metal icicles. Put real pinecones on a fake tree. Even though I’m in favor of more natural and wild aesthetic, I like the contrast with something man-made.”

— Kate Briquelet

Reach Kate Briquelet at kbriquelet@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-2511.

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynDaily.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynDaily.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group