Our Pinterest feed is overflowing with dreamy Christmas wreaths, our fireplace-scented candles are lit, and our mugs are steaming with hot cocoa. It’s official: The holiday season has arrived. All that’s left to do is put the final touches on our homes—like nailing down a festive tabletop scheme and double-checking the lights on the tree.
For all things last-minute holiday decor and entertaining, we’re turned to a few of our favorite design bloggers for their clever design tips. From making a non-working fireplace feel festive to adding cozy touches in the bedroom, read on for all the seasonal design ideas we’re loving.
Subdued tablescapes have us feeling some type of way this month. We love Sarah Sherman Samuel’s muted arrangement for its not-so-obvious approach of soft hues and earthy details (note the delicate succulents on the dinner plates). Want to play with millennial pink this holiday, but don’t know how? This interiors pro has all your answers. “I am loving ochre and rust, so by pairing a traditional color with a not-so-traditional color like pink, suddenly the table feels fresh,” the L.A.-based blogger says.
Also key to her charming display: antique tableware. Here, the blogger puts her set of brass vintage flatware to good use.
We get it, the guests are downstairs. So why bother hanging garland in, say, the bedroom, right? But when you start to think about all the time you spend hiding from the cold come winter, you’ll feel tempted to make the bedroom an equally cozy and celebratory place to be. Blogger Liz Marie loves Christmas so much that she wants it the be the first and last thing she sees each day in her fixer-upper farmhouse in Michigan.
“I’m obsessed with using cedar in our Christmas decor because they are the perfect farmhouse greens,” she says. Thanks to her exclusively whitewashed room, Marie’s in-season greens pop in the simple sleeping space. She also placed mercury glass in the middle of the wreaths and an ivory knit throw on the bed for added intrigue.
Don’t know your bay leaves from your seeded eucalyptus? Kate Arends of Wit and Delight is here to help you sort through all your seasonal plants—and she’ll also teach you how to incorporate a variety of them into your home. Her favorite foliage for the holidays? Bay leaves, juniper, rosemary, olive, silver dollar eucalyptus, and seeded eucalyptus. Scatter a variety of greens in a range of sizes around the home, from large potted arrangements to delicate displays.
Just take her stylish living room setup. An abundance of festive greenery makes for an idyllic fireside—er, candleside—escape. Bonus tip: Opt for metallic vases with visual impact.
Hosting this year’s annual feast? New mama and creative mind behind Almost Makes Perfect Molly Madfis is inspiring us to add a more personal touch to the meal with this edgy dining accessory she made herself. Cut from an old pair of jeans and splattered with gold paint, any cool hostess would be proud to set the table with these chic DIY napkins. While essentially earth-friendly, they’ll also double as a talking point for when guests go quiet.
“While you can easily spend all your money on all sorts of pretty new things for your holiday table, this is an easy way to save money,” Madfis says. “And I love that I now have the story behind them for my guests of what they once were.”
Austin, Texas–based entertaining guru Camille Styles proves that just one trip to the grocery store can cure all your holiday decorating woes. This year, the blogger is styling her dining table with edible finds—like oranges, cinnamon sticks, and walnuts. “I love the organic touch they add to any holiday table,” Styles says.
Forcing us to rethink our store-bought decor, her citrus wall hanging makes for a bold and natural backdrop to enjoy a feast. Likewise, the gilded walnuts—attached to the place cards—serve as a unique way to find your seat.
Leave it to Niki Brantmark of My Scandinavian Home to remind us that no bar cart should be left untouched. The design blogger’s dreamy drink station gets a festive refresh during the holidays. Lustrous brass accents, winter-themed art, and a eucalyptus plant work together to make this minimalist bar cart the perfect place to stash eggnog.
The idea of a winter wonderland always sounds nice as a decor scheme for your home, but, let’s be honest, fake snow can get cheesy fast. Whitney Leigh Morris, the blogger behind The Tiny Canal Cottage, strikes an effortless balance between fun and elegant in her playful backyard, where a stylish table for four awaits.
Tight on dining space this holiday? Take a cue from Morris’ charming arrangement. While white textured accents, like the faux-fur throw, and hanging snowflakes in the surrounding foliage give the area a festive feel, the single garland-turned–table runner and shared bench promise to not soak up precious space.
A unique, style-focused approach to the mantel, we’re all for Frenchy Fancy blogger Celine’s eclectic display above the fireplace. Pairing moody hues and metallic accents, the Parisian decorator’s rich arrangement captures the holiday spirit through its darker tones, as opposed to typical red and green combinations.
Also crucial to this dramatic mantel? Asymmetry. Craft a similar setup by placing two sizes of candlesticks side by side and by displaying other off-balanced decor items, like the super-chic wreath she made from eucalyptus, fir, and Christmas ornaments.
This story was originally published on December 6, 2017. It has been updated with new information.
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