Date: December 18, 2007 |
After moving to Arkansas only recently, one Little Rock family decided to celebrate Christmas on a grand scale in their Valley Falls Estates home. “After hearing how no one does Christmas quite like Silks A Bloom, the homeowner contacted us to decorate her home for her family’s first holiday in Arkansas,” says Dale Aldridge, owner of Silks A Bloom, who along with co-owner Tammy Copeland and their design staff—including Lindsey Copeland, Brittany Vick, Grant Laisure and Jeffrey Gibbs—turned the Valley Falls home into a spectacular display of holiday cheer.
“The home is beautiful on its own,” says Dale, “and the homeowner wanted us to stay true to its rich, traditional tones.” The Silks A Bloom team combined hues of bronze, chocolate, gold and orange to highlight both the home’s interior and exterior color schemes. Dale also tends to think big when it comes to decorating homes for the holidays. “Don’t be afraid to use large Christmas ornaments homes of any size,” he says. “Done right, it adds just the right texture to all holiday décor.”
One of the decorating team’s favorite rooms is the dramatic entryway, where a suspended chandelier tree takes center stage, decked out in copper and bronze ornaments that echo the traditional tree in the living room, which is anchored in a large bronze urn to give it even more height and take advantage of the home’s high ceilings. The same color scheme is carried up and over the iron banisters and with garlands bursting with more over-sized ornaments. “Large ornaments just melted into the home’s décor wonderfully,” Dale says. “The scale was perfect.”
In the family room, the red color scheme was accented with classic Christmas hues of green and gold. “While using the very traditional holiday colors, we added a contemporary flair by not just laying the garland over the mantel, but taking it up the wall as well,” says Dale. In the kitchen, the decorators took a more whimsical approach, where a Santa ferris wheel by designer Mark Roberts turns up the fun-wheeling spirit over the island. Silks A Bloom even took their holiday decorating magic into the bedrooms, where a traditional tree adorned with tiny crystal lights adds holiday spark to the master suite.
But this family is just one of many who get to enjoy the Christmas spirit of Silks A Bloom’s decorating expertise. “Adding holiday cheer to peoples’ homes is a passion of mine,” Dale says. “I truly enjoy waking up and coming to work everyday and meeting the challenges of different spaces.”