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‘Tis the season to enjoy extra quality time at home with family and friends. To cozy up your rooms for toasty nights indoors and savor the festivities in style, we have a few tips sure to gratify any cravings for extra visual stimulation and indulgence.
Holiday décor often begins at the front door to make the entrance to your home feel extra welcoming. For many, a traditional wreath does the trick - but we think traditional with a twist is even better. How about a door decked out in something lush and luxe like soft moss?
Likewise, boxwood wreaths and magnolia leaves along the mantle are always pretty, but you can also think out of the box and place holiday greenery creatively. We love the novelty of a bedecked chandelier in the kitchen.
Throughout the home it can be helpful to take a step back and think about whether a room looks and feels as warm as it can. It’s easy to cozy up any setting with the addition of luxe accents and throws – think cashmere, wool, mohair and chenille in a richer color palette. For a seasonal touch, add a strategically placed bottle or two of elegant liqueur or a luxe box of chocolates for a subtle signal of indulgence.
Any room with a fireplace is an obvious choice to become an inviting sanctuary on a snowy day or frosty night. Make sure there is plenty of comfortable furniture placed near the fire – even right up to the hearth. Then create a couple of seasonal focal points with just a few touches of embellishment – accents like berries and bright flowers easily brighten and add liveliness.
Speaking of fireplaces, an outdoor firepit can turn a patio into more of an all-season living space and give you reason to sit and enjoy the view of your outdoor decorations. Just bring out some pillows and blankets when entertaining for extra comfort and coziness!
When it comes to entertaining, setting the table has long been a favorite way to inject creativity and artistic flair while making a holiday statement. Mixing traditional and untraditional elements within a theme or color story can create a visual feast for the senses. We like the incorporation of the Asian dishes with the more traditional pattern on this Hanukah table.
A display of gifts is always a treat, regardless of which holiday you celebrate. If you don’t have a tree, try arranging packages in a tower on a table or cart.
Not to be overlooked is the importance of the right lighting in bringing it all together. We recently shared some of Marybeth’s favorite light fixtures. During the holidays, make sure lighting is positioned around visual points of interest to illuminate what you most want to accent. Candles are a great way to add depth and texture along with seasonal fragrance. Create an interesting vignette by grouping candles with other décor in unexpected combinations.
The bottom line? Just do something that makes you smile. Take a minute to reminisce and resurrect a decorating tradition from your own childhood for an infustion of nostalgia and a reminder of places, experiences and family. Don’t worry if a temporary holiday addition contrasts with your overall decorating style. This is the time to mix the old with the new for a modern juxtaposition – sometimes it is the unexpected touch of whimsy that adds just the right amount of warmth and personality. Enjoy every minute!