by Erin Kelly
There will always be a place for twinkling lights and glimmering ornaments during the holidays, but with a pinch of creativity, there are also plenty of other eye-catching holiday home decor ideas to try. Adding festive touches all around makes everything — from online gift shopping to seasonal dinner hosting — that much more joyful and glamorous.
While the holidays are about many different things, there tends to be an emphasis on one in particular: “Holiday foods are a large focus in every house during the season,” says Roth, who believes entertaining can and should be casual. While there’s no need for a formal cutlery set or matching dinnerware, Roth does recommend investing in sophisticated centerpieces. “Use fresh florals and greens” to create a personalized, nature-inspired arrangement that will draw guests into the tablescape. (This centerpiece was created using mini dates, eucalyptus, and Banksia speciosa.)
“Decorating for the holidays shouldn't only be a treat for the eyes,” says Roth. “You want to engage all the senses when perfecting your space — music plays a large role in creating the mood.” Consider building a small collection of holiday vinyl to get that beautifully nostalgic sound.
“You never want to exclude the impact scent can make on a space,” says Roth. “[It] can immediately make you feel relaxed, comfortable, and festive. Some of my favorite scents around the holidays include WoodWick candles that have notes of fresh-cut firs on a crisp winter morning.” To make things truly immersive, WoodWick candles also crackle as they burn, giving you that feeling of being near the fireside. Roth emphasizes: “A space isn't complete until you've incorporated scent.”
Gifts and giving are the cornerstones of the holiday spirit. Wrapped presents make for a brilliant and easy (and truly personal) way to decorate your home. “Whilst I am all for a maximalist interior, I think the most appealing way to wrap your presents is with simple beige craft paper,” says Roth. “Then, finish it off with a raw silk bow.”
“Repetition and groupings are the most effective when decorating,” says Roth. Some of her eye-catching ideas include filling gold or vintage wood bowls with cedar, stacking tiered candles, or filling glass vases with red and white macarons. “I love to incorporate texture for the holidays,” she says, noting that something as simple as adding throws and pillows is an easy way to change things up for the season.