Holiday Decorating

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The holiday season is upon us, and it’s the perfect excuse to showcase your personal celebratory style! Take a look around your home, and observe how your décor trends the rest of the year. You can lean in further, or go a different direction to mix it up during this festive time of year. Don’t worry if you prefer a minimalist (or at least not over-the-top maximalist) aesthetic! Consider drawing on the following, see what speaks to you, and make it your own :



CLASSIC : The classic Christmas-card imagery with red, green, gold, and silver. Accent your favorite pieces with a bit of sparkle and multi-colored fairy lights.



NAUTICAL : An easy, breezy, changes-in-latitude attitude of wintery whites, cozy blues, and beach grass fronds tied with festive wired ribbon, anchored by a flocked tree. Think snowflakes, plush fabrics, color and theme-coordinated pillows, and fluffy rugs.



RUSTIC / FARMHOUSE : Look to bring the outside in. Use pine boughs from trimming your live tree to create wreaths, swags, and garlands, or add a touch of nature to existing silk arrangements and mantel décor. Accent with holly branches, cedar garland, and pinecones laced through with white string lights. Further compliment the winter flora with the last of the fresh herbs from your garden. Rosemary, thyme, and sage make especially fragrant and visually appealing additions to centerpieces and mantel décor and can be used in your holiday cooking. Think buffalo plaid, sleighs, reindeer and yule logs.



VINTAGE : Harken back to days past with old-fashioned blown glass ornaments, ceramic Christmas trees, nutcracker collections, kitschy Santas, large multi-colored bulbs, old-timey scripts and scrolls on throw pillow covers, and thrift store treasures.



Regardless of your aesthetic, the holidays are about family and love. String cards from family and friends across the mantel, down the staircase, or wrapped around a column. Add mistletoe in a doorway or two and accent your spaces with candles clustered on shelves, the mantel, and credenza to create a cozy atmosphere where everyone will want to come together.

Happy Holidays!