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Cherished holiday traditions

A display of candles demonstrates a quick holiday centerpiece.
Lund's, Arroyo Grande
Photo by Rebecca Juretic
Design Notebook 12-15-10
A display of candles demonstrates a quick holiday centerpiece. Lund's, Arroyo Grande Photo by Rebecca Juretic Design Notebook 12-15-10

Modern design may be cutting-edge, but Margareta Lund believes that traditional style will always be classic and enduring.

Traditional home décor has been the specialty of Lund’s during the 17 years Margareta has owned the business with husband Bob. The shop carries home décor, gifts and wine. Many of their furniture pieces are imported from Indonesia and made from reclaimed woods. Most are traditional in style – tables with turned legs, carved glass-front cabinets with antique finishes, substantial teak dining tables, and accent tables. A few Asian-style pieces feature bamboo and rattan accents or lacquered finishes.

Home accents are mostly Old World in style and include lamps, candles, wall art, mirrors, kitchen textiles and baskets. Margareta also sells her own paintings and handmade jewelry.

This time of year, holiday décor overtakes the store. Margareta puts together vignettes and decorates Christmas trees to entice shoppers and offer inspiration.

Her tastes bend toward the traditional and elegant. Traditional greenery, for instance, creates a lush background for her seasonal displays. Margareta uses it to fill out floral arrangements, tucks it around tabletop displays, and drapes it along railings and ledges. She likes to use miniature wall-hung half-trees to brighten up tight spaces such as foyers and hallways.

Her favorite quick table arrangement is a classic: a bed of artificial pine branches into which she tucks artificial berries, mini pine cones, and varying heights of pillar candles. For added interest and depth, she likes to mix standard deep green branches with silvery or blue-green ones. She also adds sprays of non-holiday greenery for textural contrast.

Margareta prefers artificial greenery to real because it creates less mess, and can look like the genuine article.

“I’m really picky about getting realistic silks,” she said. “It may cost a little more, but it’s worth it.”

Minimalist all-white or cool silver color schemes may be trendy, but as an artist, Margareta appreciates bold splashes of color. Sprinkled throughout her vignettes are the rich, saturated hues of the season in crimson berries and apples, vibrant red poinsettias, and green and red candles.

There is one exception to her traditional color scheme. This year, Margareta was inspired to decorate the main tree in the store in lime green and lilac hues with lavender hydrangea blooms, glistening iridescent white poinsettias, shimmering lilac ornaments and glitter-coated branches.

“As an artist, I love beautiful colors,” she said. “This was new for me, but very exciting to do.”

Lund’s is located at 133 E. Branch Street in the Village of Arroyo Grande, 473-1184.