Creating a holiday haven doesn’t mean you have to blow your future bonus on lots of one-time-use decorations and elaborate alterations. Entertain your guests with these simple design tricks guaranteed to spread comfort and joy.
Use an Ottoman as a Coffee Table
“You want to provide enough seating,” says Olivia Nezey, principle of Liv By Design Interiors, about the first priority for entertaining. “In my home, instead of a cocktail table, I have an ottoman. When I have a party, I move it off to the side and that provides extra seating for people.
Buy an Expandable Dining Room Table
“Shop for a dining room table that you can expand,” she continues. “When you have company coming over, you pop in those extra leaves and you can seat 10 as opposed to six.”
Décor is another big part of celebrating. While Nezey believes holiday décor should be personal taste, she highly encourages thinking creatively.
“Don’t be afraid to go a little off,” she says. “So instead of red, maybe do hot pink. Or instead of just a Christmas green, I would say do lime green. Go a shade brighter or a shade deeper, just so that it’s unexpected.”
Use Accents and Bright Colors
She also says that holidays aside, this season’s winter collections are embracing brighter colors, jewel tones, vintage looks, sparkles and metallic shades. Combining these accents with pillows, candles, ornaments and fabric throws can evoke big spirit with little work.
Include DIY Projects
Additionally, Nezey suggests taking on some do-it-yourself work – spray painting old candles, using pears as place settings, putting colorful leaves under a sheer tablecloth or making a wreath with feathers instead of greenery to mark the season.
You know you are going to have company coming over – and you know you want to make the house a little extra special,” she says.
By Nina Hemphill Reeder