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Decorating Tips for the Holidays

Decorating Tips for the Holidays

Gone are the days when Christmas meant red and green. Everyone’s doing their own thing when it comes to holiday decorating, from candy-colored Christmas trees to pared down tableaus more contemplative in nature than rabble-rousing. We talked to bloggers and designers to see how they decorate their homes for the holidays.

Tobi Fairley, Little Rock, AR
Holiday festivity comes in more color palettes than you might imagine. There’s no reason to live with a red and green color combo that competes with the scheme of your year-round decor. If you're new to the idea, try drawing out one key color from your home design and then give it a festive twist by layering it with seasonal textures, like shine and sparkle, or natural elements.


Mackenzie Horan, Design Darling, New York, NY
Decorate with your favorite colors, whether that's red and green or hot pink and gold. We like to mix up our table linens for each holiday dinner (Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's, etc.), and pair unexpected hues with our classic crystal candlesticks and traditional silverware. Any color palette will work with a little sparkle and winter white!

Ginger Brewton, Charleston, SC
Nature is always a simple, yet elegant way to decorate for the holidays. Natural elements tend to have a level of sophistication, without being stuffy. Bringing in branches and other items from the backyard, such as pinecones, adds texture and warmth to a table setting. Think about constructing a centerpiece, place card holder, or napkins rings out of branches and greenery. You can even go as far to add a little glitz by lightly sprinkling in gold glitter!

Nathan Turner, Los Angeles, CA
This is my parents' place in Tahoe. I love to mix and match tartan plaids during the holidays. To keep the table from looking too busy, stick to one color (in this case, red).

Alecia Stevens, Minneapolis, MN
I am drawn to simple forms that tend towards the historical and traditional, and that sometimes might be a little rough around the edges from years of use and love. For many years we searched for the perfect Frasier fir, but now we now buy a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, if we are lucky enough to find one. We string the so-called imperfect evergreen with white lights and the finger knit garlands that my children made back in first grade. We wrap packages in plain white paper, brown Kraft paper, or beautiful Japanese papers.

The older I get, the more I enjoy experiences over material stuff. We always try to get out for a walk on Christmas morning, and if we’re lucky, there is freshly fallen snow on the ground. We walk around the lake or through the Walker Sculpture Garden, delighting in Klaus Oldenburg's Spoonbridge and Cherry.  It is magical and we feel like children again.

For more holiday inspiration, visit our “New England Living” and “Setting the Table” Pinterest boards. We’ve been curating a variety of looks, from looks pulled from Maine cabins ito tablescapes glittering with elegant china, crystal, and lush flowers.