Transform holiday cards into a work of art.

Photo: James Merrell

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Take advantage of unexpected opportunities to build visual interest: From the arms of this chandelier, Stark hung a range of ornaments, including black orbs and spheres. "It's a dramatic and mysterious color," he says, "and it feels fresh because you rarely see it at Christmas."

Liberate your holiday cards from the mantel and transform them into an eye-catching work of art. Stark created this elegant bulletin board by wrapping an inexpensive sheet of solid insulation material in pink dupioni silk. Then, he pinned on cards in the shape of a tree and added beads and ornaments for dimension.

To establish a coherent motif, repeat elements throughout. The ornaments that accentuate the banister's garland echo those adorning the front door, chandelier and tree.

"Because we all keep gifts around until it's time to open them, they might as well look beautiful," says Stark, who makes presents part of his overall design by wrapping them in paper that coordinates with the decorating scheme. These boxes, artfully arranged on the floor and atop a Brocade Home chair, continue Stark's pink-and-black palette.


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