With family gatherings and holiday parties in full swing, it's time to deck the halls with sparkling décor.
Metallic accents have taken center stage the past few years on pillows, glassware, painted furniture — you name it.
For the holidays, display gold bowls, candle holders or vases among evergreen branches. Brighten the party table with a mix of gold and silver plates, mugs or napkins.
Search for traditional pieces such as julep cups, candlesticks and ornaments at antique stores. Modern metallics include gold-dipped pitchers in the Oh Joy! collection at Target, and whimsical plumage candelabras at Anthropologie at The Mall at Lexington Green.
James Snowden at Fable + Flame on Short Street carries European hand-painted wine glasses, $18 each. Use them to serve family and friends for the holidays and throughout the year.
Holiday open houses
This weekend is the perfect time to get out and shop for holiday home décor and gifts, too. Many local retailers will host events with merchandise specials, music and refreshments. Here's a list to get you started.
■ Fable + Flame, 522 West Short Street, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. All merchandise will be 20 percent off. In January, the store will move to its new, larger showroom at 125 Burt Road. Plans are to open Jan. 13.
■ Lexington Art League Black Friday Art Sale, Loudoun House, 208 Castlewood Drive. Pop-up shops by local artists inside. Everything $50 or less. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Also Friday, The Night Market takes place at Castlewood Park, 201 Castlewood Drive, next door to Loudoun House. Lexingtonartleague.org.
■ Businesses along National, Walton and North Ashland avenues, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Each business will donate a portion of sales to local charities.
Participating businesses: The Coliseum, Dry Art, Swim Bike Run, House, Rag Peddler Fabrics, Designs Unlimited Fine Jewelers, Centered, Elle Fitness, Fitness Plus, Serif Group, Holly Hanna Interiors, Lucia's World Emporium, Bella Forza Fitness, Kentucky Mudworks and The Carmalicia.
■ Stalls Antiques & Interiors, 930 Winchester Road, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Antique and designer pieces, refreshments.
■ Bella Rose, 126 West Maxwell. Friday through Sunday, with 10 percent off purchases.
■ The Lexington Distillery District, Manchester Street. Holiday Couture, a silent auction of fashions made from recyclable materials. Reception 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Made KY, 903 Manchester Street. Bids accepted through Sunday.
From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Distillery District businesses will host a holiday open house. You'll find art, bourbon, gifts and more.
■ Street Scene, 2575 Regency Road, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Discounts, food, music. Tacky Christmas fashion contest; winner gets $50 gift certificate.
■ Coffee Times, 2571 Regency Road, Saturday. Sample Christmas coffees including Mistletoe Jo and Snow Cream. IntegriTea, a local company, will pour tea in the afternoon. Sample new Espresso Truffle, made locally using CT coffee. Christmas carols and specials all day.
■ Local Artists Holiday Sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 109 Penmoken Park.
Work by Patsy Anderson, Susan Coats, Sandy Gulick, Deborah Kessler, Alice Garrett, Carolyn Whitesel.
You'll find jewelry, photographs, calendars, letterpress cards, handmade journals, knitwear, mosaics, scarves, soaps, ornaments and more.
■ Fresh Furnishings, 145 Burt Road, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. All furniture 20 percent off, Christmas décor.
■ Ardery's Antiques, 627 Main Street, Paris. Janet Coburn Jewelry Trunk Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.