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Holiday Décor: Keeping it simple

Nov 12, 2014 07:28AM ● By Amy

Photo courtesy Pier 1©

Thanksgiving and Christmas décor has been on the shelves of department stores and boutiques since August, and television and radio commercials have been challenging you to get a head start on holiday preparation since September. However, this time of year is really when it starts to hit home that the holidays are right around the corner. Thanksgiving is only weeks away, and Christmas is right on its heels.

How do you deal with holiday overload when it comes to picking and choosing the right decorations for your home? It may seem like a hassle to sift through the cheesy to find the classy. Or, there may just be too much to choose from! What is the one thing that should be on your decorating radar for the season? “Try not to be tempted to buy ALL new decorations each year,” said Interior Designer Whitnie Cypert, owner of The Interior Collection in Southlake. “For something ‘new,’ it is best to change out one color or add to existing.”

If your choices last year included traditional featuring shiny red ornaments for your holiday tree and dark green holly for the mantle, add another color this year —or even a texture. Burlap or wooden objects will give your holiday look a rustic, natural feel, such as the Natural Noel look from Pier 1. If, on the other hand, gold and silver were your go-to colors, try switching the silver for bronze. As Cypert said, it can change your whole look in an instant!

If you are in a bind for time, because perhaps your ex- tended family is showing up next weekend, Cypert has another tip for you. “If you have to spruce up or decorate in a week’s time, be organized! Attack one room at a time, or decorate all your Christmas trees before moving to the décor.”

The most important thing to remember when creating the perfect holiday look is to have fun! Involve the whole family; perhaps give the kids the task of decorating the family tree. Cypert’s best advice is to “Eat, drink and be merry while you work!”

5 Tips from Interior Designer Whitnie Cypert
1. Choose a color theme or style that compliments your home’s existing decor. 
2. Stage your holiday decor before starting to make the process smoother. 
3. Start early, if possible, so not to be rushed and to enjoy longer. 
4. Use holiday ribbon and floral accents to enhance existing lamps and accessories. 
5. Label boxes by room/location so it is easier to place them next year.