Most importantly, ENSURE YOUR HOLIDAY DECOR GOES WELL WITH YOUR PETS. Just kidding; however, I am pretty stoked that my dog, Sebastian, coordinates so well with every other aspect of my living room.
Here's something to think about when decking your own halls, especially if you're lazy like me: How can I seasonlize my home's decor without a huge overhaul? This gives you a platform to build your color scheme in sync with your stuff. In my situation, I needed a tone that would pop against my dark brown and bronze decor. After flipping through my fan deck, I found three appropriate solutions: coral, violet and orange. Of the three, violet was the only tone in which manufacturers stock holiday decor. Once violet was decided on, the rest kinda fell into place.
Tree ornaments are a great place to start once you're out in the stores. Play around in the aisles by mixing colors from different brands and see what you come up with. I grabbed 12 boxes: 6 brown and 6 violet, then played with texture, opting for a single bag of pine cones. Altogether, I spent about $60 on ornaments.
Ornaments can also be used out of context. Instead of napkin rings, I went with glittery snowflake ornaments which added a huge kick of color to the otherwise neutral table top.
Who says EVERYTHING needs to be seasonal? When it came down to gift bags and gift wrap, I bucked reindeer and sleigh prints for neutral solids, mixing matte and metallic sheens. You know what else this comes in handy for just in case a Christmas gift never makes its way to its intended owner? Year-round regifting. Just kidding! Or am I?
Something else that works well is the layering of different shades of the same color. You can do it with pretty much ANYTHING. In my seating area, I mixed in a grape-toned sock monkey along with an embroidered snowflake pillow to bring a little Christmas to the couch. And, yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm so in love with the little stuffed primate that he's gonna sofa-surf all year long.
As far as holiday tablescapes go, mix stuff from the seasonal aisles with others from housewares. You'll end up with something fit for December 25 that will work just as well come The Ides of March. Oh, and one more thing, the day after Christmas, most big box retailers will discount their seasonal items up to 80 percent. If you didn't have a reason to deck next year's halls before reading this...well, now you do. Have a _________ __________!