L.A. Designers Weigh in on “Christmafying” Your Home Like a Pro

Decking your own halls can be a lot simpler and more fabulous if you follow these ideas provided by top design professionals.

Photo by David Tosti, courtesy of White Lilac Start with whatever existing palette you have in your space and add pops of 
holiday color to your decor. For a sophisticated touch, use gradations of 
that color in your space, for example, Christmas evergreen becomes 
instantly chic when paired with emerald and jade greens,    

Whether your home is comfy traditional or modern chic, decorating for Christmas doesn’t have to be a dreaded, daunting chore, and it shouldn't cost the lion's share of your holiday budget.

Two of L.A.'s top designers generously offered up creative tips that can work in just about anyone’s home, no matter what your finances or design style.

Sunny Ravanbach of White Lilac, a full-service events company that 
creates unique events for corporate and private clients and internationally recognized brands including Dior, Chopard and Louis Vuitton, has suggestions to make your own home look as good as any set in a Neiman Marcus catalogue:

  • Add splashes of holiday color: Start with whatever existing palette you have in your space and add pops of 
holiday color. For a sophisticated touch, use gradations of 
that color. For example, Christmas evergreen becomes 
instantly chic when paired with emerald and jade greens, while Santa red looks great with deeper, moodier burgundy. In the space shown above, the 
touches of color came through the vases, candleholders, ornaments, and
 ribbon finish.

  • Texturize your textiles: Find toss 
pillows and throws in soft, comfortable fabrics, and don't be afraid to mix 
it all up! In the above photos, the 
seating areas were sprinlked with pillows with a metallic sheen for a bit of sparkle and 
pillows in heavy woven cushion covers were added, while the glistening, flocked
 tree received a beautiful cascade of thick striped burlap ribbon to remind you of home.
  • Kitsch is key: Don't be afraid to add Santa and his reindeer or Frosty to your holiday decor.
Touches of kitsch reminds us of the fun and joy of the holidays. Choose pieces that are beautiful and will last
 you for years to come.

For a more traditional look, Sylvena Parker of Majestic Spaces of Beverly Hills suggests the following tips for amping up the spirit in your own home like a pro:

Photo courtesy of Sylvena Parker of Majestic Spaces of Beverly Hills

Start by identifying a focal point for the room: Whether it’s a fireplace, a coffee table or your favorite lounge chair, choose a piece that will draw the eye and give it a splash of Christmas.

  • Start by identifying a focal point in the room: Whether it’s a fireplace, coffee table, or your favorite lounge chair, choose a piece that will draw the eye and give it a splash of Christmas.
  • Look for pillows in holiday colors, regardless of whether or not they have a holiday design: Throwing a red, green, or gold pillow on the couch instantly brings holiday to the home.
  • Think outside of traditional uses for ornaments: They're not just for the tree! Add them to the base of a plant, flower pot, line a fireplace mantel or place them in a bowl on the kitchen/diningroom table.
  • Buy holiday scented candles: The nose is just as important as the eye. Think vanilla cookies, cinnamon cider, and delicate pine.

If you’re out of town for the holidays this year, or feel like it’s a little too late to implement these suggestions, there’s always next year. “Shop throughout the year, especially after the holidays (when there's a discount) to add items to your collection even if you're not certain where it may go,” advises Parker.

And most importantly, wherever you may find yourself, no matter how the environment is decorated, have a merry Christmas! 


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