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Holiday Design Tips

Edited publication of original article in Tchefuncta Living Magazine

Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner! The holidays represent a wonderful time of year where we welcome friends and family into our home to celebrate. Whether you are hosting an elegant Christmas dinner or a festive soirée for a crowd, you’ll want to “deck the halls“ for the occasion.

Today I’ll be sharing some easy decorating tips to make your home merry and bright for the Christmas season.

Tip #1

You don’t have to purchase all new decor to transform your home for every holiday.

There are simple ways to include existing decor in your home by adding a decorative holiday detail.

For example, this orchid planter is a staple in my home, but for Christmas I added a red ribbon tied into a pretty bow. When Easter arrives, I replace my faux orchids with colorful, faux tulips adding a blue gingham ribbon to complete the spring look. For all the busy ladies who may not have time to create their own planter, I will be taking limited custom orders locally for beautiful holiday floral centerpieces.

Tip #2 Don’t shy away from mixing other colors in your everyday home decor with Christmas.

Pictured above, I chose to incorporate my everyday blue and white porcelain with these beautiful birds I ”borrowed” from another shelf, finishing off the Christmas look with classic red berries and this custom planter. Add a festive garland to complete the holiday look.


Incorporate natural elements from your garden to make your Christmas table, wreaths & garland truly shine! Here in south Louisiana, citrus grows quite well and often neighbors and family have an abundance of oranges and grapefruits! I love using natural and faux oranges in my Christmas wreaths, garlands and tabletop decor. Many homes have holly trees, pine cones, aspidistra (cast iron plant), eucalyptus and more in their backyard that can be the perfect natural element.

If you want to see more beautiful French Country Christmas ideas, check out my Pinterest page by clicking on the image below. Another beautiful way to display citrus, using these large silver punch bowls.


Make your centerpieces last longer by using faux florals

There are many realistic artificial florals on the market today. Faux florals are versatile, low maintenance and can bring sophistication to any space, if you know how to style them!

Tip#5 A great way to save money on Christmas decor is to wait until after Christmas to purchase at 50% off or more!

After all the presents are unwrapped, the dishes washed and your extended houseguests on their merry way, the last thing you are thinking about is buying more Christmas. However, some of the best sales happen between December 26 and mid-January. You will thank yourself next year as you unpack your brand-new Christmas décor, smiling as you remember just how much money you saved! This practice is best used on expensive staple items, such as matching wreath sets for all your exterior windows and doors.

One caveat to this advice (particularly with the extended shipping times of today)---make sure you buy popular items such as large red velvet bows early because they may sell out! Take note of what you had trouble finding and will need for next year and plan to purchase it early!

There are great sales during the annual “Christmas in July” events that many companies such as Balsam Hill, Frontgate, Ballard Design, Pottery Barn and many more will offer.

Find me on LTK to shop some beautiful Christmas Decor I recommend.

Check back with me soon on Instagram, I plan to share our Christmas trees, holiday dining tablescape and front door style soon! 🎄

Caroline Schneider

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