Last week we were honored to participate in a holiday event to raise funds for the Arlington Free Clinic. We joined with fashion, entertaining and gifting experts to give our advice for effortless holiday style. If you have not yet decked your halls, here are our 12 tips for a stylish holiday:
1. Update Your Color Scheme
Pair traditional Christmas colors with modern furnishings and art. Red and evergreen have a more current feel with bright white lighting, chic furnishings and impactful art as a backdrop.
Want to try a trending color without committing yourself to all the Christmases in the future? Stick with a base in your holiday collection like silver or gold, and mix in a box or two of ornaments in new colors every few years. It’s a simple way to keep things fresh and current, just like you might update couch pillows for a new look each season.
2. Master the Mantle
3. Think Outside the Boxwood
Try textures and materials beyond the usual evergreen for your holiday front door.
4. Don’t Skirt the Issue
Woven baskets, galvanized metal tree collars or even a grouping of firewood add texture and material mixes beneath your Christmas tree and are a more modern option to the traditional skirt. Still committed to the fabric base? Try wrapping your tree holder with a designer fabric that matches your room decor or a fur throw to add a cozy winter vibe.
5. Layer on the Moments
Holiday vignettes bring magical moments to your décor. Add lighting, ornaments and natural elements in front of art, on a sideboard or even in a butler’s pantry to spread the holiday magic beyond the living room.
6. Modernize Your Heirlooms
Everybody has some hand-me-down holiday decor that may not fit with their current style. Take something old looking and make it new. Your grandmother’s ornaments get a fresh take if displayed in cookie jars, earthy wooden bowls or even as toppers to candle sticks.
Other tricks to try: Layer a modern wreath over an antique piece of furniture or art. Use lucite display boxes to add a modern twist to your traditional nutcracker collection.
7. Warm Up with Accessories
Pillows with fur or sparkle, wool scarves and textural throws add warm and inviting vibes and are also easy to switch up for the season.
8. Deliver Holiday Surprises
The unexpected decorative element always delivers impact.
9. Remember the Guest Room
They came over the river and through the woods so give your guests some fresh flowers, greenery or even their own mini Christmas tree to welcome them to their room. Layer on the cozy bedding & throws and pay attention to the little details: a guide to use of the TV/WiFi; a framed photo of them or an album from a trip you took together; writing and reading materials; toiletry samples; a basket of gift wrap for last minute prep. Don’t forget to add water, snacks and maybe even a little gift just for them.
10. Personalize Your Hostess Gifts
Personalized hostess gifts are more memorable. Make that personalization seem effortless: wrap a cook’s journal in a dish towel; make your host’s favorite cocktail in a “to go” mason jar; or deliver all the supplies for arranging flowers in a pretty cannister that can double as a vase. Does your hostess love dogs? Pick up a Sydney Hale scented candle at one of our favorite Arlington gift shops, Covet. A portion of the sales goes to dog rescue.
11. Wrap it up with Style
12. Don’t Neglect the Outside
Your front door is your first impression so layer on the greenery, color and lighting to bring joy to your neighborhood.
Happy Holidays from Whittington Design Studio!