Holiday Decorating Tips and Tricks

Holiday decorating tips two placesettings

Tis the season to start decorating for the holidays. With the hustle and bustle of life these days, it can be hard to take a pause and actually think about actually decorating. Lucky for you, I’m here to help!

Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay sane and not drain your bank account creating that perfect holiday atmosphere.

1) Repeat after me. I DO NOT have to decorate my home based on traditional holiday color palettes.

Let’s face it. It can be challenging to change out all your décor with the seasons and make sure you’ve got oranges and yellows for fall or reds and greens for Christmas. Start with an item that has a variety of colors that can easily translate to many occasions.

Take for example, the napkin in both these photos. It has a lot of colors to pull inspiration from. In the photo on the left, I pulled the bright green and added a ribbon and mini pumpkin in the same color to celebrate fall. In the photo on the right, I pulled the blue and added a ribbon and ornament in the same color for Christmas.

2) Keep neutral foundational pieces on hand that you can use year round.

Again, you don’t need to buy and store tablecloths and decorative vessels for every occasion. Keep a few key items on hand and make small tweaks to them to keep them relevant for the season or holiday. Some of my favorites include:

A White Tablecloth

A white tablecloth is the perfect backdrop to any holiday or seasonal table setting. Since it goes with everything, you can keep it on your table year round! (Better yet, get 2 white tablecloths. Let’s face it – spills happen. You can keep your table looking beautiful while your dirty tablecloth is in the wash.)

A Wooden Dough Bowl

You can easily use this as the base of a centerpiece for your kitchen island or dining room table. From there, add items that fit the season like mini pumpkins for fall/Halloween or lemons to brighten things up for summer.

A Glass Hurricane

This is another versatile piece. (In fact, mine is so versatile that I’ve had it since it was used to light a unity candle for my wedding ceremony over 13 years ago!)

You can easily update your vase filler with the holiday or season. Some ideas include candy corn for Halloween, small ornaments for Christmas, and candy hearts for Valentine’s Day.

3) Keep smaller items that together create a big impact.

Again, I’m in the camp that you do not need to spend tons of money or cram a storage unit chock full of decorations to create a beautiful space. Keep the following pieces on hand to swap out when it’s time to decorate for a new season or holiday and your décor will always look fresh:

Seasonal florals from your local florist or nursery (obviously this one has a shelf life) and/or faux florals from your local craft store

Pillow covers – You can invest in sturdy pillow forms and buy covers for each season/holiday, usually at a lower price point than a new pillow. If you’re handy with a sewing machine – even better! You can create your own custom pillow covers for less than what you’d buy in the store. (Bonus tip – if you find a fabric that you love at a higher price point, only cover the front panel with that fabric and use a solid color that coordinates in the back. That way, you’re only buying half the fabric at the higher price point!)

Printables – In many cases, you can find these online for free. As long as you have neutral picture frames that will blend seamlessly with any décor, you’re good to go!)

And if all else fails…

4) Hire someone to do the decorating FOR YOU (I might know a gal who can help…)! Bonus if you’re able to rent décor from them and not have to worry about taking it down and storing it.

There you have it! If you have any additional holiday/seasonal décor or want to learn more about how I can help you with this in your own home (either in-person or virtually), set up a design coffee chat to get started!

Until next time…

Happy Designing!

Angela 🙂

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