You may have dreams of decorating your home like it’s a display window at a fancy department store, but then reality strikes: You’ve still got gift shopping and wrapping to do, holiday parties to attend and host … not to mention your everyday life to live.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Go for intentional minimalism. Some years, less is more.
Simple decor can still have a big impact – not the least of which is relieving you of some holiday hustle and bustle. All you need to do is hone in on sprucing up three key areas in your home.
Target your tree
The most obvious place to start is your Christmas tree. For an easy, fuss-free tree, go with a monochromatic color scheme.
Another option is to use all neutral colors so you don’t have to worry about balancing a color palette or tree placement – it will coordinate with any room’s normal decor.
Make your mantel magical
If you have a fireplace in your home, the mantel is an ideal spot to bring a little holiday cheer, but don’t make it too complicated.
Choose a statement-making garland to hang or drape across the top. Place some candles on the mantel to light at night, and you’re good to go.
Top off your table
The holidays are a prime time for entertaining, hosting and gathering around the table. So bring seasonal flair to your table with a beautiful garland, which can go a long way as a table runner.
Make the decor as simple as placing a lush garland in the center of your table and mixing in candles for added ambiance.
Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be a chore. Focus on these three spots, and your home will feel magical and holiday-ready in no time.
Photos courtesy of White Buffalo Styling Co.
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Originally published December 2016.