Home Style: Bring freshness to holiday decor with garden items
News from Taunton Daily Gazette:

I’m a huge fan of using items from my garden, like crumbling statuary or weatherworn planters, in my interior decorating, especially during the holiday season, when their rustic beauty provides a provocative contrast to all that glitz and glamour. Here are a few garden staples you might want to bring inside, too, to make your holiday displays a bit fresher and more intriguing.

Weathered garden statues are one of my go-to tools when creating designs. I love them woven into formal displays because they offer an element of surprise and balance. During the holiday season, I often use the curling end of my banister as a stage for an attention-getting display. This year, I placed a garden figurine on this prime spot, surrounding her in a swirl of pine garland. Since I’m anything but stuffy when it comes to decorating, I like to have a bit of fun with these regal statues. So I twisted a togalike ribbon around my garden beauty and made a little bouquet out of an evergreen pick for her to hold. In the past, I’ve placed evergreen wreaths around statues’ heads and dangled ornaments from their hands.

I have had a lifelong love affair with topiaries because these intricately sculpted plants seem to defy nature. How can they survive all this pruning and shaping and still look so amazing?

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Home decorating contest open to all county residents
News from The Banner-Graphic:

It is time again for citizens of Putnam County to break out the lights, wreaths, bows and plastic Santas and get busy decorating front yards, porches and driveways for the holidays.

Decorating can not only brighten up the town and neighborhood, but may also earn entrants a chance at a $ 100 Walmart gift card.

The Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce and Super Walmart are again sponsoring the Putnam County Home for the Holidays Lawn Decorating Contest.

The contest in open to all homes in Putnam County.

Residents can enter by filling out and returning the entry form to the Chamber of Commerce office at 16 S. Jackson St., Greencastle, or by faxing it to 848-1015 by 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.

Once entered, residents must have their home decorated and ready for judging by Monday, Dec. 17.

Judging will take place between the dates of Monday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 19. Lights need to be turned on for judging between the hours of 5 and 10 p.m. on each of those evenings.

Contestants will be judged on originality, continuity of theme, preparation and effort and “Spirit of Christmas.”

Winners will be announced in the Banner-Graphic, Hoosier Topics and on WREB 94.3 FM. The first-place winner will receive a $ 100 Walmart gift card, second place a $ 50 Walmart gift card and third place a $ 25 Walmart gift card.

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