holiday decor–it’s time

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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.

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.

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.

4.  Don’t forget the whimsy

. 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.