WRITTEN BY MEGIN POTTER | PHOTOS & RENDERINGS BY ANGELA PACHAL
During the holidays, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the home, but decorating it isn’t always the magical Christmas card moment you imagine it will be. With an already seemingly endless to-do list looming, creating an awe-inspiring tree feels less like a relaxing ritual and more like an “Oh, no, this again?!” project.
Angela Pachal gives you back some of your precious time during the holidays by doing the decorating for you. The owner of Deck Your Halls NY, which launched in July, Angela is a self-taught designer who moved to the region in 2015 from Alberta, Canada.
Tasked with decorating her own 80’s style home, Angela’s passion and willingness to learn launched her into the world of design. The breathtaking results captured the imagination of friends (who then asked her to do their decorating for them!) as well as the eye of a loyal social media following.
A Twist on Traditional
Rather than following the trends that social media dictates, Angela creatively combines a variety of different styles to make something that feels totally new.
Her home is a mix of color and pattern, influenced by vintage decor, garage sale finds, and modern trends. Remembering the words of designer Christopher Lowell who said that, ‘a little bit of black in any room gives the eye a place to rest,’ Angela even incorporates the color into her Christmas décor.
“Black really is unusual for Christmas but by adding with the reds and greens, it makes it relatable and brings it all together,” she said.
Awarded ‘Best in Show’ for her entry at the 2021 Saratoga Festival of Trees, Angela’s tree was bursting with black, red, and white ribbons and ornaments.
Gaining the Expert Advantage
Hiring a professional holiday decorator gives you an effortless way to try out a brand-new Christmas tree theme, get expert ornament-hanging ideas, and learn different ways to use ribbon. By incorporating the decorations you already have, or creating something completely new, Deck Your Halls NY demonstrates how to achieve a lush, layered look.
It all begins with an in-house or virtual consultation where you’ll discuss how you have previously decorated and what you’re hoping for this year. While brainstorming with clients about colors, styles, their likes and dislikes, Angela will also take photos and measurements of the space.
Rates are dictated by the size of the tree and whether you want to maximize a totally glamorous look or want something more minimal. Currently focusing solely on trees, Angela is open to adding in other types of holiday décor into her estimate (like garlands and mantels).
Then she goes shopping, picking up the specific pieces that will take your tree over-the-top. By working with faux greenery and trees, Angela can transform your home or business into a winter wonderland any time of the year.
Sneak Peak: Rustic Adirondack Elegance
Keep on eye out for design inspiration from Deck Your Halls NY in the 2022 Holiday issue of Simply Saratoga magazine!
A timber-frame ranch style home with exposed wood beams and a huge porch gets the royal treatment when Angela Pachal transforms the space into a holiday showcase.
By using a palette of reds and natural elements, she mixes plaids, plush faux furs, and a variety of metallic golds, bronzes, and silvers. Highlighted by shimmering candlelight, the country estate is so quintessentially Christmas you’ll be in the mood to relax and reach for a cup of hot cocoa.
“I just love Christmas and the feelings of warmth and coziness it brings. It’s just a happy time of year,” said Angela.
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