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December 13, 2012

decorator extraordinaire

Have you ever wondered who decorates those perfect-looking Christmas trees in bank lobbies or hangs the massive, light-encrusted wreaths on office building windows?

No, it’s not a fleet of really tall elves. In the Merrimack Valley, it’s often Michael Theriault, designer, event planner, and Christmas decorator extraordinaire.

Theriault, who owns the event-planning firm Enterprises by Michael, has turned a passion for Christmas into an important element of his business, spending the months of November and December working with companies and home owners to decorate their living and working spaces, as well as their Christmas trees.

Local clients include Andover Country Club, DiBurro’s Function Facility, and Edgewood Retirement Community, he says.

“People love Christmas decorations but they hate to deal with them,” said Theriault during a recent conversation in his Bradford home, which by late November, had already been transformed into a Christmas wonderland worthy of the North Pole. Intricately decorated Christmas trees grace each room in his seven-room house, and garland, bows, Santas, angels, roping, swag, and 15,000 lights sparkle everywhere else. A Christmas village—complete with a train chugging along the tracks—sits at the base of a 15-foot tree in his living room.

“For me, more is more,” Theriault said with a laugh.

Each tree in Theriault’s home has a different design, whether it’s the candy-themed tree in the kitchen that’s decorated with oversized red and white peppermint drops, or the tree in the den that evokes the natural world with softly-hued green bulbs and pheasant and peacock feathers.

It’s lovely and elegant; lavish without being gaudy or over the top. And that’s where Theriault can help homeowners who have visions of Christmas décor worthy of a spot in a design magazine dancing in their heads.

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