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Designer returns to lend a hand with Christmas decorating.

 Hickman gathers live greenery from around client Elizabeth LeDoux's home to enhance inside decor.
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Date published: 12/14/2012


A little farther down the hall is a recessed area--the perfect place for a table with a vase bursting with colorful flourish of twigs and greens. Some of those twigs contribute a sprinkling of little lights they've sprouted--one of LeDoux's finds at A.C. Moore crafts.

The dining room table was provided with a festive centerpiece of ornaments and greens and other touches. Atop an armoire are a couple of large glass lanterns that are filled with red and green ornaments and show how simple it is to create attractive decorative items.

All four windows in the family room have large pink ornaments hung with wide ribbon. It's a simple but effective way to say "Christmas" without taking up a lot of space.

LeDoux is all smiles as Hickman goes about her work, making things look tastefully festive--but not gaudy.

"I knew with Andrea it wouldn't look like Michaels had exploded," said LeDoux, referring to another craft store popular with holiday decorators.

She also knows that, thanks to Hickman, the groundwork is already laid for Christmases yet to come. Then she'll be able to add things over time while maintaining the style and color palette that's already established.

"I'll be able to re-create all this," she said, and that'll give her a head start each year on her holiday decorating.

And who wouldn't like that?

Richard Amrhine: 540/374-5406
Email: ramrhine@freelancestar.com

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The home at 713 Lee Ave. was one that contractor Jon Van Zandt moved into with his family once he had completed its renovation and was continuing work on other Lee Avenue houses. There was more than one house along the pleasant, tree-lined street that he flipped that way.

In fact, Van Zandt has had a role in the restoration of as many as eight homes on Lee Avenue, helping to transform the neighborhood from a row of rundown rentals to beautifully restored homes with proud owners.

Elizabeth LeDoux said the home was move-in perfect when she and her husband came upon it in 2009.

"I just fell in love with it," she said. "This is no stepping-stone house for us. This is where we want to stay."

She also likes the fact that Van Zandt remains a neighbor.

When 701 Hanover St. came on the market--it's the larger house at the corner of Lee and Hanover--Van Zandt bought and restored it, making that his family's home. A stop on the city's Candlelight Tour this year, the Van Zandts' home is beautifully decorated inside and out.

After the LeDouxes moved into 713 Lee Ave., Elizabeth called on Andrea Hickman for advice on colors and decorating.

The dining room provides a good example of the results. The walls above the chair rail are khaki, while below the chair rail the walls are a dark salmon or brick color, highlighted by the white shadow box trim. The ceiling is a light, sky blue.

In the living room, where the walls are an inviting green, Hickman found drapery fabric and throw pillows with that incorporate the same shade.

In LeDoux's young daughter's room, the theme is pink and green, and features a bed and chest rescued from junk/antiques stores and repainted.

"We wanted a room that she could grow into and not grow out of, and that's what we got," LeDoux said.

--Richard Amrhine