Designer tips for decorating your home for the holidays


Preparing for a vacation can be taxing, even if it doesn’t coincide with supply chain chaos and a global pandemic. Add in your in-laws’ accommodation, and “merry and bright” might sound like a pipe dream. However, decorating your home for the season doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, keeping your decor simple may be the way to go, according to Newton-based interior designer. Vani Sayeed.

“When it’s overwhelming and you think ‘What should I do? What’s going where? ‘ pick a color, pick a theme and stick to it, ”Sayeed said. “Obviously red and green are the most common, but if you want to do something different you can make three types of gold: a yellow gold, a silver and a platinum or a rose gold. ”

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When you’re not sure where to start, pick a color scheme and stick to it, said interior designer Vani Sayeed. Here, Sayeed opted for a gold, brown, and blue color scheme for the ornaments on this evergreen branch. —Jared Kuzia

Holiday decorating doesn’t have to happen overnight, Joanne Suarez, owner of Evening Events & Interiors, underline. “Don’t feel like you have to cram it all at once,” Suarez said. “It’s a process, and if you have a good plan in place, you know what your budget is and what the needs are, you would be efficient and successful. “

Sayeed also makes sure to give herself time to relax between vacations before she devotes herself to decorating. “When I travel or have family for Thanksgiving, I like to give myself a little break and then start around the second week of December,” she said.

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Sayeed advises simplicity when it comes to holiday decorating, as shown in this piece she designed. —Jared Kuzia

While starting to decorate after Thanksgiving is a good rule of thumb, people might want to start planning earlier this year, a Boston-based interior designer Trevor Fulmer noted.

“In general, I would say after Thanksgiving is a good time to start, but this year with supply chain issues and delays, I think you should make sure you start early because if you need to specific items, you may not be able to obtain them. Fulmer said. Fulmer, however, usually starts a little earlier to make the most of the season – and has already started playing Christmas tunes in his own home.

“I would say a general rule of thumb is after Thanksgiving, but I usually break that rule and do it the weekend before Thanksgiving because let’s face it, you put a lot of work, thought and energy into decorating this. your home, so it’s nice to enjoy it a little longer, ”he said.

Suarez makes sure to start decorating at least 15 days before the holidays, she said, but “pre-decorating planning” – assessing your pace, style and budget – should start earlier.

“A two-week deadline allows you to anchor yourself mentally in the holiday spirit and cultural traditions,” she said. “It’s important to take at least two weeks to assess not only your needs, but also the needs of others if they are coming to your home for the festivities.

To keep it simple (and inexpensive), Fulmer and Sayeed both recommended going natural. Sayeed likes to bring flowers, white and red amaryllis, for example, to add vitality to the house.

“Everything is so dead at that point, and it brings so much life to any space,” Sayeed said. “It’s so beautiful and it brings a touch of light happiness to your space.”

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Adding flowers, like these centerpieces used by Sayeed, can add vitality to your holiday decor. —Jared Kuzia

Fulmer will bring branches and wrap them in white lights, he said, or hang branches or evergreen branches around the house to add a touch of freshness to what can be a dreary season in terms of weather forecast in New England.

“I get some lovely fresh greenery, and I drape it all around the mirror, and I fill that greenery with lights, ornaments and cinnamon sticks, and it becomes one of the focal points of my house,” a declared Fulmer.

Barbara Hirsch, interior designer and director of Elza B. Design, is also an advocate for adding a touch of nature to your vacation decor.

“I think, if possible, if you can bring some of the outside into the inside, it still makes things really welcoming,” Hirsch said. “For Thanksgiving, you might want to grab some outside branches or some dried flowers and make a bouquet.”

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Here, Sayeed added pots of white poinsettias and an evergreen branch for a clean, festive look. —Jared Kuzia

The biggest mistake people make when it comes to holiday decorating is overdoing it, Hirsch said.

“You don’t want to get too cheesy. I think the common mistakes people make are that they get too stereotypical, so few signs that say Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah all over. It’s kind of like when people have a house on the beach, and they have little stars all over the place and crab cushions, and that might sound like overkill, ”she said.

Instead, she recommended trying to think outside the box, adding a new twist to classic styles or decorations.

“Don’t necessarily go with red and green,” she said. “You can do navy blue, green, gold, and different shades of red. ”

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Reds and greens are classic, but you might want to try something outside the box, Hirsch suggested, as she did with these table decorations. —Jared Kuzia

And after more than a year of pandemic-induced separations, adding family traditions to your decor could be the perfect touch, Fulmer said.

“I think a lot of families are going to reunite for the first time after a year, a year and a half of being apart, so I think it’s going to be really nice to be together,” Fulmer said. “So I think this year it’s super important to bring in that idea of ​​family and traditions, and to use the holiday accents, decor and pieces that really bring back memories and really focus on the family. “

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Fulmer added hydrangeas to the tree in this Newton home for a fresh take on classic decor. —Jared Kuzia

Either way, your home should always look like you.

“I think your personality should shine through when decorating and you really need to have fun doing it. [You] should be to create magical memories, ”Hirsch said.

Fulmer echoed the sentiment. “The holiday season is about tradition and the people who are with you and the memories you make with them,” he said. “So the main thing is really to make sure that what your home is really about you throughout the vacation. “

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