Candlelight glow on the mantle:
And in the fireplace:
Coffee Station trimmed with holiday cheer:
Lift your holiday sprits:
Add some local greenery:
Here are my top 5 tips for decorating to celebrate the holidays:
1. Pick one dominant color for your decorations, and let the rest be neutral - this makes things much more cohesive; I chose red. (Or try just neutrals, this is a simple way to up the elegance of your look.)
2. Cluster collections of items in groups of three or more for a lux look, or just three if you are going for a cleaner, sparer look. Stagger the heights (taller in back) to create visual interest and draw your eye in.
3. Add some shimmery, shiny, or sparkly objects, like glass ornaments, as eye-catchers.
4. Add in some nature - go outside and take a few clippings of evergreens, or scavange for fallen pine cones to tuck into garland or make into wreaths. Nature's discards are the best, and I'd consider them a neutral in terms of color planning.
5. Add light. Whether it's with a string of white lights (classic), or a cluster of candles, or both, illuminate your evenings. I even love the electric candles, one in each window, to send a warm welcome home.
My decor is obviously celebrating Christmas, but you can adapt these ideas for whichever holiday you celebrate at this time of year.
May your days be merry and bright.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Winter Solstice, and Happy Holidays!