Deck the Halls

Lesley Vance Walkington of Oxford shares instructions for two do-it-yourself holiday decorating projects that will bring joy to your home this season.


Written by Leslie Criss and Lesley Vance Walkington | Photographed by Joe Worthem


Whether Lesley Vance Walkington’s flair for all things floral is inherited,

learned or a bit of both, one thing is for certain: Her mama is to blame. Dorothy

Holiday Vance, better known as Dottie Lou, owned and operated The Flower Box in Raymond for much of her daughter’s growing-up years. It’s a place Walkington worked from time to time during her high school years and beyond.


Historically, the two busiest days of the year for florists are Valentine’s Day and

Mother’s Day, and Walkington was often pressed into service.


“My mom taught me everything from making bows and cutting flowers to creating tussie mussies and floral topiaries,” Walkington said. “She taught me the principles of floral design: balance, dominance, contrast, rhythm, proportion and scale.”


Though the knowledge gleaned from her mother, who died seven years ago, is vast, Walkington said these fundamental design principles have resonated over the years, parlaying into numerous renovations, decorating and design projects outside of floral design.


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