We're officially in the holiday homestretch and one of our favorite ways to get in the spirit is to gather inspiration, look through ideas from seasons past, and come up with easy ways to spruce up our space for the season. Given that Christmas is right around the corner, we thought it would be helpful to round up our top last minute styling tips.
If you haven't quite finished decorating (or even if you have!) and are looking for a few festive home upgrades, this post is for you. Here's how to squeeze in some additional holiday moments before Christmas.
1. Kitchen + Dining—Celebrate Pops of Color
When it comes to seasonal styling, we're all about finding ways to elevate a room in a way that can stay timeless long after the holidays are over. To that end, our top tip for the kitchen and dining room will always be to invest in functional, beautiful staples like serveware, table linens, and cookware. Think scalloped napkins in holiday hues, a bright red baking dish, or a patterned table cloth.
Holiday Tip: While holiday decorations in the kitchen are often skipped, we're big fans of adding greenery to any space we can—drape a garland on a bar cart or make a simple wreath and hang it over your kitchen window for a quick spruce up.
2. Living Room—Balance Function + Form
Preparing your living room isn't just about providing a space to host gatherings—it's about creating a warm and inviting space that makes your guests feel welcomed. To that end, each element in the living room should be functional and add value to the interior atmosphere. A plush rug, table lamp, or small storage tray can add practicality and personality to the room in one sweep, while a comfy throw pillow or cozy blanket will add a thoughtful touch and help your guests feel right at home.
Holiday Tip: Liven up your living room with fun throw pillows in holiday hues and festive patterns. Opt for changing out the pillow cover only for a simple upgrade that can be swapped at a moments notice.
3. Bedroom—Play with Pattern
Mixing and matching layers is a well-known trick in the Schoolhouse style book and for good reason—adding textures and color can make a room feel interesting, but not aesthetically overwhelming. The key is to stick with a calming color palette and include playful coordinating patterns. Below, we pair the Gingham Pillow Case Set and Stillwater Floral Quilt in juniper green with a neutral polka dot sheet set and solid linen duvet cover for a fun (but still cohesive) look.
Holiday Tip: Dried orange peels make a fun and fragrant garland for above the headboard and can easily be made with supplies you have on hand.
4. Bonus—Add a Joyful Touch
Last but not least, for the entryway, mudroom, guest room, hallway or all the other spaces in between—often, we mention color, pattern, texture, and light when we talk about design, but miss the emotional side of it, which can elicit nostalgia, surprise, and joy. Bringing in something unexpectedly playful like a thrifted find or tchotchke can add a fun and quirky element that functions as a conversation starter or mood leavener while bringing a sense of joy to the space.
When all is said and done, remember to decorate in a way that feels true to your interior style. We've found that the best decorating ideas are often the most personal, so get creative and don't forget to have fun in the process!