Tina Langley Walsh on Holiday Decor
1. Decide what your mood is. Are you going for traditional, fun, modern, neutral or exotic?
2. Decide what your color story is. It helps tie everything together—from your tree to your garland to your front planters to what's on your mantel.
3. Think about the unexpected spaces. You can extend the holiday cheer to children's play rooms, foyers, console tables…
4. If you have kids, be sure to place special or delicate ornaments up high or out of reach.
Outdoor Decor Tips
1. If you're decorating the outside of the house, concentrate on the front entryway. If you have pillars, light those up, wrap them in garlands. If you have planters, fill those up. I put mini Christmas trees in mine.
2. If you live in an apartment, add a wreath to your fire escape or in your windows.
1. Start with your lights, always. Set them deep into the branches to create a glow from within.
2. Mix different sizes of ornaments. I love a tree with both big and small balls.
3. Intricate and specialty ornaments go last.
4. Pro tip: Stick with key 5 colors, at most, for all your decorations. The color story will keep everything looking curated and not crazy.
5. Extra: If you have room, why not add a second tree where you can have a little more fun? I have a traditional tree with red ribbons, candy canes, snowmen and Rudolph—which my kids love—in the living room while, in the dining room, I have an over-the-top chinoiserie tree that reminds me of the Philippines, where I was born. You can pop a small tree in the foyer or the bottom of the stairs.
Holiday Floral Recs
I love red roses, white roses, Oriental lilies and magnolia—or magnolia leaves—this time of the year. And, of course, poinsettias are classic. They come in all different colors now, which is exciting—white, blush, buttercream yellows.
And Because It's 2020…
1. The holidays are different this year, of course. To make your home feel special—and connected to loved ones, even if you're not together—tie in any sentimental memories into your decor. Add anything nostalgic that reminds you of your childhood holidays, like red poinsettias or colorful Christmas lights. Because that's when the holidays are most magical, when you're a kid.
2. Also, extend the holiday touches throughout. A little red bow on a sconce in the bathroom or on the door to the garage—or gold votives here and there—can tie the theme together.
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