The holidays are quickly approaching and, for many, so are friends and relatives. Although it’s the season of thanks and joy, it can become strained for those who have limited time and resources for planning. If you are among them, fret not—Weston designer Lexie Proceller can make your home holiday-friendly.
With a M.A. in architecture, Proceller has worked in commercial and residential design for over two decades. A consultant for New York-based A-Squared and founder of her own company, ARP Interiors, Proceller has designed an array of projects ranging from law firm lobbies to retail stores to master bedrooms. Her expertise lies in both space distribution and color and texture coordination. Recognizing the economic climate, Proceller works with smaller budgets for both the office-bound and at-home set and has developed a special staging program for the holidays.
“People become very stressed during the holidays when they entertain family, friends, and especially business associates,” said Proceller. “They’re rushed and harried but want their homes to present well. That’s where I come in.”
Proceller is available for unique “holiday home staging parties,” where one room is chosen for a “face-lift” as moderate or extensive as a client desires. A gathering is then scheduled for Proceller to deliver a complete presentation that includes possible fabrics, paint chips, and layouts. New lighting, window treatments, upholstery, and seasonal accessories may also be recommended, depending on the host’s specifications. At staging parties, Proceller’s consulting fee is waved and the cost concerns only materials and labor.
In preparation for your complimentary consultation, Proceller recommends you think “big picture” by determining the project’s scope and a ballpark budget. Select the room for sprucing then decide on a desired style and color palette. Ask yourself key questions to narrow the focus:
- Do you like earth tones or brighter colors?
- With fabrics, are you a patterns or solids lover, or perhaps crave metallic accents for that extra glitz?
- Do you yearn for an elegant dining room or festive family room?
- Will you be hosting a casual open house, holiday cocktail party, or formal dinner?
- Should the room work for families with toddlers or adults only?
Next, decide if you want to make use of your current belongings. Are you a fan of family heirlooms or prefer to freshen things up with new, but cost-effective decorations? Give thought to the style you want and what can make it materialize. Choose from greenery, candles, wreaths, dried flowers, pine cones, or fruit. Incorporate monogramed or seasonal guest towels and coasters, or crystal and porcelain figurines for added flair.
With holiday decor, the possibilities are limitless. Proceller recommends collecting magazine pages of looks you like. “My goal is to capture a client’s vision, so the more concepts, the better,” commented Proceller.
Creating festive surroundings can help set the tone for an upbeat celebration. Holiday stress just might disappear in your newly refurbished room. Entertainers, toast the season and take note—a holiday staging party may be the ideal gift to yourself this year!