Holiday Decorating Tips

Jimmy Adams

Nell’s Home, Gifts, & Interior Design,



Pillar Candlestick | Display this candlestick and others like it down a holiday table using candles of varying heights. The result is both glamourous and inviting, creating an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy.



Pomegranate-Filled Bowl | A glass bowl with a square base brings modern drama to your holiday design. We filled this bowl with faux pomegranates, which give a nice red holiday touch, but you could fill it with just about anything. Try compiling heirloom holiday ornaments or fresh greenery from outside.



Twig Napkin Rings | These are a nice way to bring a touch of outdoors to your holiday tablescape. The twig motif brings a woodsy holiday feel, and metallic silver adds glitz.



Bark Candle Holder | Continuing the forest feel is this bark-covered candle holder. With the appearance of lightly dusted snow, the holder brings whimsical charm to a tabletop or mantle and looks especially nice interspersed throughout garland or pine branches.

Haskell Matheny, ASID, CAPS

Haskell Interiors,





Silver and Gold Canisters | Fill these gilded canisters with various evergreen or holly stems or group the empty canisters together and place them on the mantle for glitz.



Serpentine Candleholder | This is a wonderful piece for your mantle where space is at a premium. Or simply run it down the center of a dining table, adding touches of greenery and holiday ornaments in between candles to add more dimension and depth to this already striking piece.



Large Scale Chalices | Fill these with small decorative gift packages or load them with fresh fruit for a holiday party or a show-stopping table arrangement.



Silver Lantern | Add two or three large pillar candles inside the lantern, or fill it with your favorite ornaments. This simple piece gives a great holiday touch when placed on any table or furniture chest.

Kimberly Varner, ASID

Kimberly Varner Interior Design,



Wildwood Lamps, Antler Hall Lamp | Make a statement with a glowing lamp. It will be a classic treasure for years to come— simply place it on an end table or chest. It is inspired by the past and freshly designed for the future, and the nod to Santa’s reindeer makes it perfect for the holidays.



Global Views Strap Spheres | A couple of simple metal strap spheres add texture and can be used with any design scheme. Add mini wire lights for instant holiday sparkle.



Cyan Design Metal Tray | Today’s choices allow clients to mix all metal finishes. A textured nickel leaf tray filled with painted holiday pine cones and greenery gives holiday cheer. Simply place on an existing cocktail table or console.



Uttermost Buck Statues | Use a classic set of wooden buck statues with a beautiful runner as a table centerpiece or with garland and gold holiday ribbon on the fireplace mantel. Adding small pumpkins and leaves could also make a wonderful design to start the fall season.

Becky Glover

Fischer Evans,



Beatriz Ball Vento Alba Bowl | The unique and rhythmic lines of this large decorative silver bowl transform even an ordinary salad into a spectacular presentation – perfect for displaying among holiday finery.


Arte Italica Splendore Deep Serving Bowl | Inspired by the distinctive look of Florentine alabaster, this bowl is made from mouth-blown glass swirled with white and finished with an iridescent glaze.


Anna Weatherley “Thistle” Dining Collection | Warm, earthy tones with a splash of lavender capture the essence of nature to adorn your table, bringing the magic of the holiday season to your guests.


Michael Aram Olive Branch Water Pitcher | The Michael Aram Olive Branch Collection is one of the best known and most loved of Michael’s motifs. The simple forms create objects that serve wonderfully as an exuberant table setting that shines during the holiday season.

Joe Jumper

The Clay Pot





Pots with Boxwoods | Copper mercury glass pots were filled with boxwood stems, which is one of the longest-lasting holiday greens you can use. Place several pots like this across your mantle for a fresh and rich-toned holiday look.



Dough Bowl | This vintage dough bowl was packed with mood moss and then clustered with matching bubble vases. We placed rosemary stems in the vases, which creates a great scent and a simple nod to the season.



Holiday Terrarium | This container is filled with mood moss, a magnolia trimming, and large pinecones. You can even make a holiday scene in a terrarium by adding faux snow and little Christmas trees. Any container with a lid can be used as a terrarium, and it makes a great centerpiece or sideboard.



Hemlock Branch Bottles | We grouped multiple white seltzer bottles together to create impact, but the overall look remains simple with just the white and green palette. Use cut greenery from your yard, like the hemlock branches used here.

Dolores Wolfe

Wolfe Studio Interiors,



Evergreen Bundle | I’ve made several bundles like this, and I’ve used them to wrap around a sconce on the wall to give a little bit of natural color for the holidays. You can make them as big as you want. Usually you can attach them with the greenery and you don’t even have to use wire or stems.



Ribbon | Choose your color palette and then choose corresponding ribbon. I was using a palette that is red, green, and gold. You can tie these together for a bow on your tree or wreath. Don’t be afraid to use two to four different ribbons as long as you don’t get off your palette.



Holly Stem | These are really striking in a wreath or on your mantle where you can stick them into greenery. If you have lighted garland and need something extra, these are great to stick in for a color burst.



Sparkly Poinsettia | The thing I love about individual flowers like these poinsettias is that you can put them into your tree, wreath, or a mailbox piece to add a lot of color at one time. If it’s sparkly like this, it gives more impact. Look for longer stemmed items that you can put in your tree for a one-of-a-kind topper.

Marsha Yessick

Yessick’s Design Center,




Whimsical Santa | This is made of burlap material and is hand painted. Hang this Santa on a door instead of a wreath, on a staircase banister, or on the wall as artwork. It can even be blended into a large Christmas tree as an oversized ornament.



Ice Bucket | Everyone has holiday get-togethers and parties and this is a unique and fun addition to your bar. It can also be used for iced tea or water when serving guests. Use it in relaxed settings during the holiday season – it’s less formal than a silver or metal bucket.



Burlap Pillow | I love the burlap aspect of this pillow because it can go in the most informal situations, like a sunroom, but also fits in a family room. Burlap is a very popular material right now, and the embroidered words give it the Christmas message.



Vintage Santa | I love this because it has sort of a Norman Rockwell feel. I think it would be great at the front door blended in with exterior decorations. You could also use it on the front porch to welcome people when they come visit or place it right by the tree as if Santa has just come down the chimney.

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