Guide to Decorating for the Holidays

by on March 7th, 2015
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Creating a holiday look in your home can seem like a daunting task, but I have five simple tips that will take your space from bah humbug to fiercely festive!

Bling, bling, and more bling

While we may not be able to deck ourselves out in diamonds we can certainly add shine and sparkle to our living spaces! The effect can be subtle like switching out your usual candles and replacing them with some that were dipped in glitter–like these from Or you can make a major statement by hanging a mirror with chunky glass or jagged edges in the dining room or hallway.

Try mixing different textures together

Add a little variety to your look by mixing natural or delicate things with more rugged items. A great and inexpensive centerpiece can be made by filling a large tall vase with glass ornaments, pine cones, and winter berries. Toss some sparkly crystals around the base and you have a beautiful modern take on nature.

Don’t be afraid of color

The holidays are not necessarily about reds and greens anymore. The classic staples will never go out of style, but if you are feeling adventurous, try making your home over with one color in mind like a lovely lavender or a Tiffany blue. The trick there is to use two or three slightly different shades of the same color so it’s not too matchy-matchy.

Put lights up in unexpected places

Fireplace mantles are excellent for adorning with lights, but for those of us without fireplaces we have to be a little more creative. I have a tall computer armoire in my living room that I frame with small, clear white lights. It adds just the right amount of sparkle to my space! I took another set of those clear white lights and wrapped them around the base of a tall floor lamp. The effect is so sweet and romantic I leave those around all year!

Fake it

I love the look of beautifully wrapped gift boxes. Even if there’s nothing in them! Wrap three empty boxes of different sizes and stack them on top of each other. Finish the look by adding a large fabric or metallic ribbon. Use these stacks to fill in any empty space around the tree or in other corners of your home.

However you decide to spruce up your space, remember to make it a true reflection of who you are and the things that you love!

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