By Bailey Swilley

Published on November 3, 2015

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Colored blinking lights not your thing? Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be cheesy. Stick with us to be on your way to a chic winter wonderland.

1. Keep your mantle simple.

Say goodbye to gaudy over-the-top fireplaces and hello to simple stockings hung with care. Hang these jersey ones by Serena & Lily from chic cast iron pine cones by HomArt

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2. Play with pom-poms!

Soft pom-poms go beautifully on your tree but also draped on your walls, across your fireplace, or on your stairwell. Add the snowstorm effect without the cold mushiness. 

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3.  Make your table both elegant and approachable.

Combine elegant and rustic by pairing upscale pieces like modern crystal candlesticks with a red checked tablecloth. Accents like pine and rosemary on the napkins add a natural touch.   

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4.  Don’t forget the whimsy

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The holidays are a great time to be a little more playful in your décor than usual – hang something charming from the ceiling. Start with some HomArt hanging bubbles or this Morovian Star Pendant and go from there! 

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5. Bring out your star players.

Got fancy china? Now’s the time to bust it out. Not your style? Opt for a statement piece like this antler tray from Times Two Design

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6. Make your tree the centerpiece.

You don’t need a big department store stunner – any Charlie Brown tree will do. Just decorate it with a theme (we love silver and white) or with sentimental ornaments from your life. Wrap some jingle bell garland on for good measure. 

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7. Remember the scents of the season.

Make your own potpourri, keep a fresh pot of cider or cocoa for guests, or burn wintry candles. Don’t forget your bathroom – stock your sink with this Holiday Spice hand cream by The Soap & Paper Factory

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8.  Flowers welcome!

Floral arrangements aren’t just for spring — poinsettias anyone? You could also arrange Queen Anne’s Lace in a vintage silver demijohn for subtle blooms that’ll compliment your holiday haven.  

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9. Cover your door with a little green.

DIY your own wreath or pick up one at your favorite home improvement store in order to make the outside of your place look friendly, festive, and stylish.

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10. Spread the joy with a card display.

Don’t hide all your seasonal greetings from friends and family — especially if they’re beautiful! Post them on a door frame or string them on a wall. You can also display them on this memory board by Sugarboo

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