W Update: Holiday Decor Tips from Jen Wootton, Interior Designer!

Jen HeadshotThanksgiving is next week, which means the fall decorations will go back into hiding until next year, and winter holiday decorations will start to make an appearance. Year after year, magazines, Pinterest and our next door neighbors seem to be raising the standard on stylish holiday decor. Styled trees, extravagant DIY tablescapes, and custom holiday dishware are a few of the new design trends that will make you go green (and red) with envy.

For this update, we’ve enlisted the talented Jen Wootton, our resident interior designer and home stager, to talk us through finding balance this holiday season. See below for some of her best tips and tricks on keeping your home stylish, but personal, this holiday season! Scroll down for the full interview.

W Realty Holiday Decor

1) The holidays come and go so quickly, what are some easy, classic and reusable go-to decorating ideas?

Collections: Some go to ideas are “collections” whether it be a grouping of different size trees, vases full of colored ornaments, various candles on a tray…and to add some fun mix in a strand of lights!

2) What are some interior design ideas to incorporate year round, that are easy to mix into holiday design and décor?

Mirrors and Pillows: I love mirrors and pillows! Mirrors can be accented with garlands for each holiday and provide great reflection in a room. Pillows are such a fun and easy way to dress a room for the holidays. Pops of color, sparkle, and whimsy are great to see during the holidays- so have fun with them!

3) Holiday parties – what are you best tips for creating a beautiful, cohesive holiday themed space for guests?

Color Themes: Color is a great way to creative a cohesive theme. You can go monochromatic with a beautiful subtle white theme, or go bold with red, but whatever color you choose commit and keep it throughout your space from the serving dishes, to the table linens, to the flowers.

4) What are some ways to find the balance between displaying Tommy and Susie’s preschool ornaments/sentimental décor while still maintaining the integrity of a more intentionally designed space.

Thoughtful Displays: I love this question…we all have those special treasured pieces that kids look forward to hanging each year! Having a small 4’ tree for is just the right height for children and it can be placed on small table, and can even go in a bonus room that the kids enjoy!

5) Free reign: Any other things you can think of in regards to the holidays and interior design?

Make it!: Use what you have when working with holiday décor. Pull out the china and set a formal table and just add beautiful napkins and rings! Use clippings from your tree and create a hanging basket of greenery and winter berries. Add colored holiday bulbs in a large bowl…this works for all of the holidays; Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza.

Thanks, Jen!

Stay tuned for next month’s W Update!



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