GailGray Home Holiday Open House Event

20th Annual Holiday Open House


Celebrate the coming of the holiday season by joining us for our 20th Annual Holiday Open House on November 7th! GailGray Home will be a winter wonderland filled to the brim with magical holiday decor, gift ideas galore, glorious scents, smells and sounds of the season. The doors to our holiday wonderland open at 5:00 PM, and the fun lasts until 9:00 PM.

Make your table as memorable as your holiday with pieces from our hand-selected collection of glass and dishware. Shop accessories that will keep the party going, like champagne flutes or placard holders for seating that can double as party gifts. Warm your home with glowing candles scented of the season, like pine and cinnamon.

The halls are decked, the trees are trimmed, and the mantels are decorated. Now we just need you to make our annual holiday kickoff complete. We’ll be serving Prosecco and passing appetizers. Bring your friends and your camera! We can’t wait to see you.

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Our turnout last yearwas so spectacular, we shared some photos below for you to view.


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Decorating your Christmas tree should be fun and enjoyable….no stress.   Whether it is a family gathering holiday tradition or your time to shine and be creative, here a few simple, easy tips to follow.

1.  Make sure you have enough lights.  My rule of thumb is 100 lights per foot of tree.  Weave the lights throughout the tree not only on the tips of the branches.

2.  Pick a theme and color palette.  This could be old time traditional, winter wonderland, woodsy charm, glitz and glam…the sky’s the limit.  One to three colors seems to work best.

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3.  Start at the top.  This is the crowning glory so pick a great topper.  For years, we only used stars or angels on the top of the tree but, now, be creative…..if your theme is a fun reindeer tree like the one above, why not crown your tree with a twig reindeer?

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4.  Next is the ribbon or garland, woven throughout the tree.  Like the lights, the garland should travel inside and outside.

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5.  A great tree has a mixture of small, medium and large ornaments.  Place high impact items around the center of the tree.  These do not need to be traditional holiday ornaments.

One year I took my Byers Choice carolers and wired them in my tree.  I had one for every member of my family singing joyously throughout.  Wish I had taken a photo.

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6.  Don’t forget the bottom of your tree.  Keep the flow going all the way to the bottom and bottom off with a beautiful tree skirt or, if now I have you thinking out of the box, you can use a tablecloth, lovely urn, Grandma’s quilt………….etc!!!!!  Not sure you can see in the above photo but this little tree is surrounded by elves feet underneath.

Happy Trimming!!!!





Wonderful Greens for Beautiful Holiday Decor



When I go to market to handpick all the beautiful holiday decor that will be showcased at GailGray, it is definitely overwhelming, but oh so much fun!  I am in my element for sure and my heart sings!!

One of my most important and time consuming purchases, is finding great and affordable greenery for the holidays  These are the basis of all gorgeous, lush displays.  To build show-stopping arrangements….the secret is Great Faux Greenery.

Masterful Centerpiece 


This centerpiece began with a 6 foot snowy green garland with baby pine cones, fluffed with care to make it more natural and realistic.  We then added the “icing”….sparkly ornaments hanging from the candlesticks, black and  white houndstooth ribbon flowing through, red beaded garland and oh so wonderful battery operated string of lights.  These lights are a treasure for all the places, like a dining table, where a electric set simply does not work.  They add drama and sparkle to every room.

Think  Outside the Box












JT, our interior designer and “make it gorgeous guy” had an inspiration to create this magnificent “chandelier”.   The base is a large green wreath hung from a chain wrapped in garland.   He added red berries for color, gold ornaments in different shapes and sizes, glass teardrop ornaments for sparkle and the crowning touch is a lantern in the center with a lamp inside. Wallah… to behold!

I always add extra to my greens in my home…….picks in the garland on the staircase to make it fuller, different picks, stems and branches on my mantle to give it more interest and color….and, of course, “WOW”  like the chandelier above….really WOW!!

Greens on the Table



This lovely centerpiece on a cocktail table began with the candle ring pictured above.  Sheer genius!!!   The large wreath with pine cones was placed on top but any size wreath can be used.   We added ornaments, a pretty serving plate in the middle with gold swirly glasses on top.

One important tip when placing and designing your creation…..always fluff and make your greens look natural, not flat.  Tuck the stems so not in sight.

Dress Up Your Mirror  


In the snapshot above, green picks were placed in the corner of a mirror with feathers and ornaments.   You can do the same thing with artwork, windows …..any little corner crying for softness and pizzazz.

I used to decorate with real greens because I love the smell of the pine and the natural look.   But now, I use faux as they have come so very far in their natural appearance and now I am not cleaning up dripping sap and needles.

Imagine the Possibilities

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We, at GailGray are more than happy to help you design and decorate your home for the holidays.  Give us a call or bring a photo to the store with your holiday design/decorating dilemma.






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