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Holiday Decorating Tips from Designer Lonni Paul

Try these 10 quick tricks for infusing your home with sophisticated seasonal spirit 

From interior designer Lonni Paul
  • Need some last-minute decorating inspiration? Never fear, interior designer Lonni Paul is here! Known for her fresh, sophisticated, and simple aesthetic, Paul offers 10 tips for achieving some of her favorite holiday looks. Click "Next" to check them out. 

  • Eric Roth

    1. Amp Up Place Settings

    Try something different at your holiday dinner table. Use mercury-glass or colorful ornaments to hold placecards. Or use small wrapped and tagged gifts as placecards that double as take-home party favors.

  • John Bessler

    2. Jazz Up a Pillow Pile

    Mix up your throw pillows by adding in cushions with holiday colors. Or simply tie a decorative ribbon around an existing throw pillow to turn it into a fun gift-inspired accent.

  • Werner Straube

    3. Create Festive Focal Points

    Add a simple wreath or garland to your front door to welcome all guests and holiday visitors in seasonal spirit. You can also use greenery inside the home as a focal point above a piece of furniture or art, or even over a window so that the beauty can be enjoyed inside and out.

  • Werner Straube

    4. Scatter Your Packages

    Beautifully wrapped gifts aren't only for under the tree. Display them in small groups around your home as a seasonal accent. And why not wrap a few extras? That way, you'll have a gift ready when an unexpected guest drops in!

  • Werner Straube

    5. Use Fresh Flowers

    Give your holiday table centerpiece an unexpected touch by adding some unconventional fresh-cut flowers—such as peonies, ranunculus, or white hydrangeas—to an arrangement with more traditional holiday elements like pinecones, ornaments, and branches.

  • Werner Straube

    6. Stick With Simple

    When it comes to seasonal decor, less is usually more. Sticking with simple decorations and one theme saves you time and money. Plus, too much decor will compete for attention. Pick an area of focus, such as a mantel, staircase, or dining room table, and make a holiday focal point with impact.

  • Gordon Beall

    7. Light Candles

    Candlelight brings sparkle and inviting warmth to any room. Use candlelight as much as you can—it's so much more flattering! Simple tea lights are an easy way to dress up any occasion. Arrange them in glassware, on a long tray, or in empty jars. Display clusters of candles together at different heights, and try placing them in front of mirrors for extra sparkle. They make the atmosphere especially cozy!

  • Werner Straube

    8. Narrow Your Palette

    For holiday decorating, color is key. Stick to a palette of two to three colors to simplify your decorating, and the end result will look perfectly put together. 

  • Eric Plasecki

    9. Scent the Air 

    Use fresh seasonal elements such as cinnamon sticks, satsuma oranges, pomegranates, olive branches, and evergreen or magnolia leaf garland to add a festive, fragrant air around your fireplace, banister, or holiday place settings. Cinnamon sticks can double as cider stirrers for later in the evening, and an authentic evergreen garland adds a wonderful woodsy scent.

  • John Bessler

    10. Add Some Glam

    Mercury glass can be used all year long in the home, but during the holidays it adds extra sparkle and a beautiful warm glow. Combine mercury glass with branches and greenery for a more natural look, or with candles, mirrors, and glittered ornaments to really glam up your home for the holidays.