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Proctor: Decorate your winter wonderland, in and outdoors

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KUSA- Use natural materials, re-purposed items and creativity to make your winter holidays special.

Stick with a color scheme, whether it's the traditional red and green, or one that suits your personal style. We're using a blue and silver theme to celebrate the colors and textures of winter.

For outdoor decor, create porch pots to greet your friends and family. Use pots you already have and stuff them with freshly cut evergreens, branches, grasses and dried materials from your garden. Feel free to employ spray paint and glitter to enhance the stark beauty of bare branches or pinecones. If you use cut evergreens, keep the soil in the pot moist and spray them with an anti-desiccant such as Wilt Stop to seal in moisture. This also works beautifully on wreaths, garland and trees.

Indoor groupings may include potted seasonal flowers such as poinsettias, cyclamen and hydrangeas, as well as foliage plants such as ferns and ivy. Take the foil wrapper off the poinsettia or at least punch a hole in the bottom to let excess moisture drain. Otherwise it's likely to drown.

Wicker, wood, ceramic and glass containers may be employed to enhance your design. A coat of paint may be just the thing an object needs to once again attract attention and help set the holiday mood. A candle holder, basket or grapevine wreath will suddenly look fresh and stylish. Add favorite holiday mementos to complete your design.

Plants are courtesy of Tagawa Gardens.

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