When designer Tim Causey gets ReCreations, the store he owns with Richard Epperson, ready for Christmas, he gets about 20 trees ready for display — all different, all for holiday décor inspiration and all available to purchase as is.
“We don’t even call it Christmas anymore because it engulfs our life,” Causey says.
Whether whimsical and bright or more traditional, the décor all comes off as elegant. And it starts with the ribbons.
“We’re really big into ribbons,” he says. “We used to do more on the trees when the trend was heavier, so we’re doing less of them now. But each tree will have three to four ribbons that coordinate. You could pick two if you wanted, you could pick all four.”
Once the ribbons are collected, the tree’s theme is built around that color story. But it doesn’t stop there. A proper tree needs a whole-room refresh.
“We don’t only decorate the trees as we theme them out, we change our furniture around to coordinate with that tree,” he says.
Pinky-peach is a hot color trend this year, something he dabbled with last year to great effect.
“People went crazy over it,” he says.
And to go with this season’s fresh Christmas color, Causey recommends warm tones like chocolate-brown chairs, a neutral light-colored sofa and accent colors in a green-hued teal.
“Then all the ornaments will go deeper and lighter, because we don’t like to do exact colors,” Causey says. That makes it easy for people to recreate themselves, as long as they stay within shades of the color, or opt for a neutral like champagne to mix in.
Of course, they could always hire the professionals to do it for them, but they will need to get on the schedule as early as July if they want Causey to handle their Christmas décor. And each year, the schedule fills up even faster as families get busy handling all the other details but still want their house filled with holiday spirit.
“That’s kind of what I think it’s all about,” Causey says. “You need to love your home, and it will make your Christmas so much better. You’re creating those memories.”
ReCreations Christmas Open House
November 1-3, 4-8 p.m.
November 4, 1-4 p.m.