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Holiday design tips

Do you want a holiday-themed house like you see in magazines, with pumpkin spice smells filling the air and sugar plums dancing in your head? Discover dozens of decorating tips from top designers to help make this holiday season your most beautiful yet!

Holiday Design Tips

Tip #1

Simplicity is best; the experience makes the memories.

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Tip #1

Last Christmas, we were finding ourselves at the tail end of the first phase in our home renovation. With our home in complete disarray around us, we almost decided to forego a tree altogether! Not wanting to allow the stress around us to blanket the holiday spirit, we pushed through and decorated our tree with nothing more than childhood ornaments and a string of lights. Our tip for decorating? Simplicity is best; the experience makes the memories.

Kim & Scott Vargo
Yellow Brick Home

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Tip #2

Less is more - and don't overthink it. Just have fun with your holiday decorating.

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Tip #2

My holiday decorating tip is kind of a two for one - Less is More, and Don't Overthink It. Just have fun with your holiday decorating. I think it's easy to get wrapped up in decking the halls so much so that you miss out on really enjoying this special time of year.

In my entry foyer last year I added a fun little chalkboard message and santa hat chair cover… it took 5 minutes - simple and sweet!

Caramel Phillips
OurFifthHouse.com

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Tip #3

Everyone comes into your home via the front door and first impressions are everything.

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Tip #3

Everyone comes into your home via the front door and first impressions are everything. Take your colour scheme outdoors and set the mood with great greenery adorned with sparkly decor - and don’t forget to replace the doormat.

Kelly Fallis
Remote Stylist

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Tip #4

Don't use too many small chotchkies.

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Tip #4

My #1 tip is think big, please don't use too many small chotchkies… it makes your decorating look cluttered and old fashioned.

Meryl Santopietro
Simply Spotless NY

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Simplicity is best; the experience makes the memories.

Tip #5

Choose a color palette other than the traditional red & green.

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Tip #5

Choose a color palette other than the traditional red & green, like all white (different shades of white), or gold and silver.

Meridith Baer
MeridithBaer.com

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Tip #6

Go green and bring the outdoors in.

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Tip #6

My number one holiday decorating tip is to go green and bring the outdoors in. You can make a wreath out of spray-painted twigs glued to a wreath form or a garland for the front porch from magnolia leaves or decorate a mantel with fresh evergreen branches. Layer in pinecones and acorns and boxwood to a table display and create an inexpensive, green alternative for your holiday decor.

KariAnne Wood
ThistleWood Farms

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Go green and bring the outdoors in.

Tip #7

To make a faux tree seem more realistic, sit it inside of a bucket, a basket or other container to hide the base up to the bottom branches.

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Tip #7

To make a faux tree seem more realistic, sit it inside of a bucket, a basket or other container to hide the base up to the bottom branches. If the bottom branches are too low to fit inside your basket, raise the entire tree up using concrete blocks or other sturdy foundation. In addition to tricking the eye into believing it's a real tree, it's also a great way to give a clean, non-cluttered look to the corner of your home where your Christmas tree sits. Plus, there is more room for presents!

Meridith Baer
UnskinnyBoppy.com

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Tip #8

For every one thing you put out, take one away.

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Tip #8

Don't be decoration-lazy.
You will actually have to "de-decorate" before you put up the new arrivals to make room for your autumn haul. Maybe people try to skip this step to keep things simple, but that just makes the house simply cluttered. For every one thing you put out, take one away. This will keep the decorations the highlight of the home, and not just a stuffed-in afterthought.

Courtney Warren
CourtneyWarren.com

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Less is more... Just have fun with your holiday decorating

Tip #9

Start early. Book an interior designer to help you plan your holidays...

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Tip #9

Start early.
Book an interior designer to help you plan your holidays so you can relax and enjoy your family and friends! We approach our clients in September to review their holiday needs so we can begin to plan ahead. We recently ordered a counter height table specifically for our client to serve cocktails and savory treats on forgoing the Thanksgiving meal.

Christine B. Haught
Christine Haught LTD Interior Design

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Tip #10

Combine fake and real greenery at Christmas to get the best of both worlds.

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Tip #10

I like combining fake and real greenery at Christmas to get the best of both worlds. I use fake garland on my mantel to maintain the body and look I want throughout the holidays and insert pine branches to get the fragrance and fresh feel that I love.

Carla Aston
CarlaAston.com

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Tip #11

Paper can be your BFF when you want to decorate on a budget!

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Tip #11

Paper can be your BFF when you want to decorate on a budget! Get creative and try making ornaments, garlands, bows, place cards and more in whatever color scheme and style you’re going for! Mix in some glitter or washi tape and you’re golden!

Monica Mangin
East Coast Creative, LLC.

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Tip #12

Decorate for Christmas with an upside down Christmas tree.

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Tip #12

I love to decorate for Christmas with an upside down Christmas tree - it takes up very little floor space, has lots of room for presents underneath, and shows off ornaments beautifully. It is perfect for smaller rooms, apartments and townhouses. I have one in my own home because it is so unique and displays my ornament collection so well.

Beth Connolly
Chinoiseriechic.net

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Tip #13

The easiest way to spruce up your space for the holidays this season is to bring the outside in - then spray paint everything GOLD!

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Tip #13

The easiest way to spruce up your space for the holidays this season is to bring the outside in - then spray paint everything GOLD! From gold dipped pinecones and feathers to glittered gold twigs, outdoor rustic elements are inexpensive to hunt down and add texture among the traditional red and white decor.

Kristi + Kelli
Lolly Jane Blog

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Tip #14

Create a multi-colored tree just using colored strings of light.

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Tip #14

I love creating a multi-colored tree just using colored strings of lights! I start by choosing five different colors of lights, but also mix up the bulb type and size, for a more distinct separation between each color. I measure the diameter of the tree, divide it by five, tie strings at the starting points of each section, then "swirl" the strings up the tree, like swirls on an ice cream cone. Once I make sure my swirls are all the same size in relation to each other, I fill in the areas between each string with one color of lights. Once all five colors are complete, I remove the strings.

Karen Starr
Hazel Tree Interiors

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Go with your gut & what makes you happy

Tip #15

Determine your main accent colour for your tree decorations.

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Tip #15

Determine your main accent colour for your tree decorations. Once you have selected this, create small groups of these like-coloured decorations and spread them around the tree. By grouping ornaments of the same colour, you will make a stronger colour statement. Also for more impact, repeat that colour in ornaments and other home decor to really add to your colour story!
I used yellow and gold, so these two colours stand out when mixed with other less prominent accents!

Jane Lockhart
JaneLockhart.com

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Tip #16

Buy a few long rolls of white pine garland from your local tree farm.

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Tip #16

One of my favorite things to do around Christmastime is to buy a few long rolls of white pine garland from my local tree farm. You can cut it up and use it all over the house! I used it on my DIY pipe shelves, as well as outside on the columns of our house, and also put a few sprigs into small vases to set in the bathrooms and on nightstands.

Kristen Fountain Davis
KFDdesigns.com

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Tip #17

Pick a theme and stick with it.

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Tip #17

My best tip is to pick a theme and stick with it.
The theme can be a color, or an item (like angels or Santas or whatever is your favorite) and build your décor collection around that theme. You get more “bang for your buck” and have a dramatic, but cohesive look.

Barbara Green
SensiblyChic.biz

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Tip #18

Go with your gut & what makes you happy.

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Tip #18

Go with your gut & what makes you happy.
I always say you should never take home decor too seriously. Don’t try to follow trends, instead go with your gut and what makes you happy. The same rules apply to Christmas trees and holiday decorations.

Jennifer Perkins
instagram.com/JenniferPerkins

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