What An Interior Designer Does to Get Ready for the Holidays

get ready for the holidays with an interior designer

Have you ever wondered how Interior Designers get ready for the holidays? I’ll bet most of you think we have all the answers, right? That we start early, decking the halls and trimming every inch inside and out with tinsel and twinkle lights. And while that may be true for some, that’s not how I roll. At all.

In fact, if you’re expecting a post full of secrets and hacks on creating your own Hallmark movie set, it’s going to miss the mark a bit. However, if an offbeat perspective on getting ready for the holidays piques your interest, then let’s go.

Brace Yourselves.
I Really Don’t Like Holiday Decorating.

Like really don’t like it. (I know – start a riot!). But hear me out. I have my reasons, and they just might resonate more than you expect. Holidays tend to be frantic, fast-paced, and chaotic. A time when our homes become full of colorful clutter and blinking busyness. Can your home have all that and be beautiful? Absolutely. It’s just not for me.

I am not about that life. All the to-do’s take over and we become slaves to a seemingly endless list, chasing after whatever creates “the magic” for us in our circumstances. Well, I’m a working mom of two and frankly don’t need or want to encourage any additional chaos or stress, especially at a time of year that’s better spent enjoying what matters most.

Now, before you come for me, I promise I’m not a total Scrooge. We trim a Christmas tree and sprinkle a few festive decorations around the house, but I keep things very simple. I believe holidays can be done another way – without eight inflatable reindeer on the front lawn that have to be stored in the attic for 11 months a year.

Experience is Everything.

Whenever I decorate a home – any home – my goal is always to create a vibe that feels good. A space that appeals to the senses and offers a comfortable, livable experience. For me, holidays are no exception. I want my home to look good, feel good, smell good, sound good, and taste good.

Here’s how I get ready for the holidays and get into the Spirit. I mentioned we put out a few simple decorations to get things looking good. Next, I add some chunky knit blankets and textured accent pillows to my living room couch to encourage lots of holiday snuggles. Candles are another must for me. Not only do they make my home smell good, but they also add that magical twinkle and glow that every holiday season needs.

Of course, every home needs music for the holidays. Whether you have a go-to playlist of classic carols or you prefer a jazzy, instrumental vibe – enchant your ears with the sounds of the season that you love and enjoy. And lastly (maybe most importantly), a house should taste good during the holidays. I love baking sugar cookies with my kids, eating pumpkin pie, and indulging in all the sweet moments the season has to offer.

Cheers to You and Yours.

This might not have been what you were expecting today, but you guys know I’m all about the unexpected. I want this time of year to be as special as it’s meant to be. And I want my home to be a comforting place of calm that offers just enough festivity without all the extra noise. I want to slow down and be present, and this is how I do that.

Cheers to you and yours this holiday season, no matter how you choose to decorate, celebrate and enjoy. You deserve for this time of year to be special to you, whatever that means.

get ready for the holidays with an interior designer