FIVE HOLIDAY TRENDS TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR HOME THIS SEASON

You can celebrate Christmas in July…or July at Christmas! One of the stand-out trends this holiday season is incorporating summery themes…from silver dusted seashells to Santa in sunglasses. Display ornaments, trinkets or holiday gifts on the Coastal Life Rectangular Tray ($58) hand carved out of mangowood with brass sea-inspired accents. Mela Artisans’ Coastal Life collection of servers, bowls, trays and more is sure to add warmth to any table setting or living area. Or, top a Seahorse Decorative Wood Stand ($25) with a Santa hat and tinsel.

Shelves lend the perfect framework to display personal effects or seasonal décor. Incorporate one or more of these trends into one with a holiday “shelfie.”

It’s a “blue” Christmas and Hanukkah this year with hues of blue being the color of choice. Splashes of blue weaved into the greens and reds…or blue with silver and white…are popular combos. Display your favorite holiday memories in one of Mela Artisans’ indigo Fantasy Frames (starting at $40) in various sizes.

Gold is traditional…and it’s trending this holiday season. Dress up your holiday table with any of the decadent Raj Palace Collection pieces hand sculpted in white ceramic and stainless steel with magnificent gold accents. The Raj Palace Cake Plate ($98) and Raj Palace Round Tray ($98) can double as ornament or present displays on your “shelfie.”

You won’t strike out with “bowling” your holiday decorations this holiday season. Collect pinecones, tinsel, ornaments, and anything that lends meaning to your holiday, and show them off in different sized bowls to place on your shelves, coffee table and even your nightstand. Mela Artisans offers a wide selection of handmade bowls in mangowood, gold, brass, marble and natural bone.

Mela Artisans is a design-driven luxury lifestyle brand that contemporizes traditional handcrafted techniques and celebrates local artisanal skills, along with fostering entrepreneurship and sustainable social uplift in the communities in which it does business. Co-founded by entrepreneur, Navroze S. Mehta and his daughter Sonali Mehta-Rao, Mela Artisans collection is available at www.melaartisans.com.

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