6 Ways to Make Your House More Luxe for the Holidays
Cozy Up a Bench
Have a workaday drop zone somewhere in your house (the entryway or another spot)? That utilitarian space can turn positively ski-lodgey if you add some layers: Choose a weighty textile or two (like a blanket or throw, or even a remnant from a carpet store) and top off that pile with a plush sheepskin. The trick to a styled look: Fold each layer the width of the bench, then stack and wrap the whole thing with a band of fabric or a wide ribbon, knotting it in the back of the bench. (For this version, we used four-inch-wide faux-suede strips.)
Gild a Bookshelf
Have some ho-hum shelving in your living room that could use a little sparkle for the holiday season? Clear out the clutter, paring down your books into smaller, streamlined horizontal and vertical stacks. Mix in some sculptural objets for balance (but be sure to leave some breathing room). Then spruce up the display with a few delicate metallic wreaths. (The golden ones we used here are from shopterrain.com; you can easily make the olive branch one yourself by loosely weaving the strands together and tying on a ribbon.) Hanging the wreaths is a cinch: Just tuck the ribbon into a weighty stack of books.
Modernize Your Mantel
Weave in Some Greenery
Festoon a Corner
Got an empty nook in the kitchen, in the entryway, or in your hallway? Think of it as an opportunity to bring in some extra holiday spirit (with very little expense and practically no effort). Start with a grouping of three small trees (ahh, that incredible scent!), and adorn some of the trees with lights. If you want, hang a homey garland for extra adornment. Or consider adding another strand of lights or putting up a string of holiday cards—all of these ideas will turn what’s normally a basic, untapped corner into a fun and festive spot in minutes.