7 Tips on how to create a luxury holiday home with decor that's perfect from Harvest through the New Year
Once you’ve welcomed fall, it’s surprisingly fast how quickly the holidays will sneak up on you. Think ahead and plan now for how you can easily make the shift from harvest to holiday. Here are our ideas of luxury holiday decor that will last throughout the season, giving you the time to enjoy the festivities!
To move out of Halloween and into the Harvest/Thanksgiving vibe, use a bundle of twiggy branches stuffed in large vases to create small vignettes with candles and glass pumpkins. Spray paint it to match your theme, change it up with leaves and twigs, mingle in a few strands of battery operated twinkle lights to add some sparkle. Toss in a few pine cones and magnolia cones and leaves, cinnamon sticks, and fresh cookies and you will immediately get a memorable holiday essence. A “twiggy tree” vignette is perfect for the buffet, living room table or entry table and will continue to delight throughout the season.
The Holiday Table
Dining in during the holiday, sharing special dinners with friends and loved ones with a backdrop of your favorite table wear is the stuff that makes memories! Go ahead and pull out your fine china and set the table. Choose dinnerware that will look equally nice from one holiday to the next. Create a table display that compliments your special china or stoneware - if it’s neutral, add color and splash with the linens and table decorating. If your tableware makes a statement by itself, then keep the linens and decorations streamlined and classic. Let your own taste and love for your holiday keepsakes take precedence here!
Luxury You Love
This is the time to bring out all your favorite things and tastefully display them throughout the house. Replace wall art with a work that is reserved just for the holiday season, a painting of a holiday scene, or a work of art that you picked up from that trip to Santa Fe, Vermont or Switzerland. Bring out your best crystal decanters and set up a bar with dad's 100 year old Scotch. Choose items that can make the transition from one holiday to another. Fine silver, chinoiserie vases stuffed with red roses or white peonies (if you can find them during this time of year), and unique baskets to hold your collectible ornaments - now is the time to enjoy the things you love.
Light My Fire
Nothing says glamour and sets the mood better than candles during the holidays. Fill your antique painted trays with candles in a variety of sizes, add more seasonal elements like cinnamon sticks, whole star anise and nutmeg wrapped in seasonal color coordinated ribbons. Set holiday colored votives and candles around the house to brighten your holiday displays. And don't forget your fireplace! If you have a fireplace that doesn't work, light it up with a row of pillar candles, battery operated candles are great to use here too. The mantel is a favorite place to display your holiday art as well, light up the scene and give it an amber glow with small candles set in unique holders. There are so many possibilities to use candles for holiday decorating, and they will continue to add that glamorous glow to every holiday.
A Warm Greeting
It's a lovely seasonal touch to have a beautiful wreath on your front door throughout the holidays to greet your family and guests. There are many wreaths you can choose, or you can create your own but be aware that you want to choose elements that will stay fresh from fall and into the holidays. Go heavy on greenery and natural elements and look for blooms that seem right for either holiday. Choose a beautiful hanger and ribbon to coordinate with the season. I never think you should scrimp on wreaths since they will be giving a "first impression" of your home.
Prepare for Guests
This is the time of year for that spare guest room to be transformed into a lush and luxurious B&B. Pull out the luxurious throws and fur pillows to welcome your traveling guests. Add lovely holiday accents that have a personal touch, or shares a memory they will be familiar with. A gorgeous holiday garland vining around a headboard or along a windowsill sets a festive mood, and of course string lights strategically placed to give the room a holiday glow. Host your guests in a holiday haven and make them never want to leave!
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Plan Now to Entertain Later
For many, the holiday season means entertaining, so get a jump start and once you’ve added all the right seasonal decor, be sure to start stocking up on the essentials. Serving trays and dinnerware, floral arrangements and gourmet condiments, serving, table and seating accessories. Look for menu inspirations from your favorite food magazines and start shopping for ideas that will entertain and delight your guests.