Christmas Decor by Melissa Gerstle
While curb appeal is important on a home year round, the holidays tend to shine a light (literally) on all the elements that make your house standout. Trust me, I have plenty of opinions on what makes a home “potted boxwood worthy” and curb appeal is a huge factor. Recently, I have been taking pictures of homes with the ultimate holiday curb appeal. Funny enough, several of those homes had landscape design and holiday decor by Melissa Gerstle.
Melissa runs a successful landscape design and holiday landscape decor company in Dallas. She is talented beyond measure. We are lucky enough to have her share some of her tips and tricks on what can make a home standout- not just for the holidays, but year round!
all photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood. If it is the work of Melissa Gerstle, it is noted under the photo.
First and foremost – I believe rules were meant to be broken, so I would suggest that these are guidelines and not etched in stone. That said, here we go:
Halloween Decor by Melissa Gerstle
**FOR THE HOLIDAYS**
try to tell a story. Pick a theme that resonates with you and and add a color story to it.
Get creative – it doesn’t have to be Santa and reindeer but if you incorporate traditional elements, try to play on it with a twist or use the elements in unique ways.
colors can be fun – red and green is fine, but a less traditional route could be pink and lime Or a completely different palette like pastels or different shades of the same color for an ombré effect.
when working outside, it’s most important to focus on the impact of an area rather than covering the entire space. Everything looks smaller outside, so make sure the elements are large enough to be seen and well illuminated at night and group elements together for the greatest impact instead of spreading a lot of small things across the yard. It’s better to have one spectacularly lit tree than a few measly lights on a lot of trees.