‘Tis the season for holiday parties, cozy nights in, and fun-filled traditions with family and friends. And here at Schoolhouse, we get especially excited this time of year because it means we get to style our home for the season. Bright and cheery, there’s something special about creating a warm and welcoming space for the upcoming winter months.
The good news is, you don’t have to cover every inch of your house in holiday spirit to set the mood. Simple tweaks like a well-placed wreath, sprigs of pine, and garlands of evergreen can create an abundance of cheer. While there’s no one right way to decorate, we thought we'd share our favorite tips and tricks to help style your home for maximum merriment.
While many equate holiday decorating with having a tree, there are lots of other ways you can incorporate greenery in your home and still make it festive and fun. Create a welcoming winter wreath, display fresh-cut firewood near your mantel, or spruce up a large mirror, stair railing, or doorway with an evergreen garland. Not only does bringing the outdoors in add merriment, but it also brings in the fresh, crisp scent of the holidays.
Introduce Festive Colors
When it comes to seasonal styling, you don’t have to stick to traditional holiday hues. Instead, try incorporating festive colors that you love or different variations of red and green. A tangerine-colored throw, olive-green pillow, or persimmon step stool can add a pop of color in a way that still goes with the room's color palette long after the holidays are over.
Get Creative With Stocking Placement
Traditionally, stockings are hung over the fireplace, but in reality, there are a lot of other places for perfect placement. Hang your stockings on a foraged branch, bookcase, floating shelf, stairway, or wall hook. Maximizing on every nook and corner not only saves space, but it also breathes fresh life to an area of the house that you may not have paid attention to before.
Make the Bar Cart a Focal Point
If there’s one area where guests gather, it’s where the wine and spirits are. Welcoming and approachable, a bar cart makes guests feel right at home. Better yet, since a bar station usually signals for people to help themselves, it creates a lot less work for you and naturally directs people to other areas of the room – preventing overcrowding near the food and snack table.
Add a Nostalgic Touch
While seasonal styling helps us ready ourselves for the holidays, there’s something to be said about holiday rituals. From making hot chocolate on a cold afternoon to sitting by a fire, baking treats for a neighbor, or decorating with greenery. One of the simplest ways to get in the spirit of the season is to make your home smell like the holidays. Adding a nostalgic touch can be as simple as lighting a spruce-scented candle, baking a sweet treat, or arranging a bundle of holiday branches.