Holiday Decorating Tips

Jimmy Adams | Nell’s Homes, Gifts, & Interior Design

The Posh Noel

1. Faux Fur Throw

A throw can be used in many areas throughout the home, and faux fur adds instant sophistication during the holiday season. Not only will this be decorative, but it will also be functional and cozy during holiday gatherings.

2. Green & Gold Porcelain Lamp

Perfect for the holiday season and beyond – incorporating bold porcelain colors presents an updated style to a classic form. A striking color will complement a room of neutrals and set the tone for the holidays.

3. Holiday Nest Fragrances

These fragrances present aromas of a wintery pine forest or a sparkling holiday season. Burning a holiday candle will bring a sense of nostalgia to your home and makes the perfect host/hostess gift!

Laura Hartman | Fischer Evans,

Yuletide Trimmings

1. Antler Bowl

This eye-catching antler bowl makes a great focal point on a dining room table, kitchen island, or large coffee table. Pictured here, red berry balls for Christmas can easily be switched with gourds for fall or green apples for spring.

2. Presents for Place Settings

Be creative when setting your table for holiday dinners. This olive branch ring holder by Michael Aram makes an interesting place card holder and doubles as a favor for your guests.

3. Royal Crown Derby  Dessert Plates

Look to china patterns for inspiration when decorating your mantle or sideboard. These Old Imari dessert plates by Royal Crown Derby would pair wonderfully with some holly sprigs, pine, or poinsettias.

Dolores Wolfe | Wolfe Studio Interiors

Classically Christmas

1. Angels

If you love angels like I do, use them in different sizes, grouped together on a tabletop or credenza with greenery and tiny lights. Choose silver, gold, or white if you want the lights to really bring them to life.

2. Glitzy Ornaments

Use a dozen or so and suspend them with something translucent, like fishing line, from your dining room chandelier. This is an easy and inexpensive way to add lots of sparkle! 

3. Christmas Trees 

Use several different trees as a tabletop decoration. Silver or mercury glass makes a beautiful display. Use silver greenery as a base to set them in. This is an easy and beautiful décor piece for dining tables or buffets.

Kimberly Varner, ASID | Kimberly Varner Interior Design

Have a Sparkling New Year!

1. Mark table lamp (cement & champagne) by Old World Designs

Ring in the New Year with a fresh pair of lamps to add light in any space. A blending of cement and champagne colors creates a wonderful design element mix.

2. Old World Gesso Candlestick by John Richards

Mix in some gesso and gold sparkle with an old world candlestick stand from John Richards. Just add your favorite candles and fresh greenery for the perfect New Year’s party design.

3. Squirrel Bowl by Wildwood

Finish off your look with simple touches of distinctive accent pieces like this beautiful squirrel bowl from Wildflower. Fill with your favorite candy or nuts for an easy sparkling accent.

Joe Jumper | The Clay Pot 423.265.2007

For the Birds!

1. Treetop Topiaries

Fill urns with floral foam and stand a small branch upright. Cover the top of the urn with moss, and adorn your miniature trees with aviary figurines, hung with thin ribbon. Works wonderfully on any table to add height.

2. Perching Packages

For an organically gorgeous gift wrap idea, try simple brown boxes and let the trimmings take center stage. Embellish with a few twigs and sprigs of greenery tied together, and top with fledgling figurines.

3. Birds of a Feather

Cluster an assortment of bud vases on either side of a greenery-lined bowl to spread your centerpiece further. Here, bud vases tethered to robin statuettes and others trimmed in decorative feathers and greenery create a continuous theme with fun variations!

Marsha Yessick, ASID | Yessick’s Design Center

Nostalgic Necessities

1. Embroidered Accents

These bolster pillows and fingertip towels can easily perk up a chair, sofa, or powder room with a little extra holiday spirit.

2. Mixing Bowl Set

A cheerful Christmas mixing bowl and whisk make a perfect addition to your kitchen counter and are great for baking Santa’s cookies with your children or grandchildren.

3. Santa Serving Tray

This ceramic cheese and cracker serving tray with matching spreader makes for quick and easy entertaining options that are also attractive.

Kelly Jolley | Genevieve Bond Gifts

Pastoral & Plaid

1. Plaid Place Settings

Choose a unifying element, like a pattern or texture, to help your home’s holiday look feel complete. When using a bold print, like plaid, pair it with coordinating solid colors.

2. Checkered Stockings

By mixing and matching plaid patterns and more rustic textiles, you can create a feeling of cohesion. These patterned stockings are sure to get you in the holiday spirit with reindeer and Santa Claus making an appearance.

3. Tree Bark Tabletop Candles

Bring in some whimsy and charm with natural elements. These tree bark candles make an impression and leave your home smelling great!

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