Have you ever walked into a room and felt as if it just didn't feel complete? That it didn't give you the warm fuzzies or that sense of delight? It is most likely because it is missing a key element to the design, if not several key elements. In this series, we will be discussing design essentials for every room in your home! Whenever Asha Maía Design is hired for a project, we consider a specific set of elements in each design. Because room size, shape, and/or design style vary, not every project always calls for each specific item; however, it is still our goal to incorporate these essentials into each finished project.
We will be continuing our Design Essentials series this month with a special treat... Home for the Holidays!
Decorating our homes for the holidays is such a special tradition. It's what makes getting through the dreary days of fall and winter bearable. The warm glow of twinkle lights, glittering ornaments catching the light on the Christmas tree, and the fragrant aroma of Cyprus garland adorning the mantle all give us that warm and fuzzy feeling we've come to love over the seasons. Whether you love modern or traditional, simple or extravagant, it can't be denied that decorating for the holidays elevates the season's magic and warmth and provides the perfect setting for creating cherished memories.
When decorating for the holidays, we have several goals. We like to concentrate our focus, highlight existing focal points, incorporate new elements, create layers & texture, operate with a less is more mantra, and let our personalities shine. We believe successful holiday decor should incorporate six categories: 1.) Trees 2.) Wreathes/Garland 3.) Lighting 4.) Ornaments 5.) Ribbon 6.) Table Top/Mantle. Each of these categories is important to a full and cohesive end result.
Here is our list of our essentials for an impeccably decorated holiday home:
Tabletop + Mantle:
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Tree for the Main Living Space
Tree for the Kids
Tree for the Primary Bedroom
Tree for the Foyer
Tree for the Lower Level
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Wreaths + Garland:
Wreath for the Front Door
Wreath for over the Mantle
Wreath for the Windows
Wreath Even for the Walls
Garland for the Mantle
Garland for the Staircase
Garland for Draping Over the Headboard
Garland for Draping from the Kitchen Island
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Incandescent String Lights
Incandescent Twinkling String Lights
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Sparkling Ornaments - to catch the glow of the twinkle lights
Sentimental Ornaments - ornaments that have sentimental or passed down through the years
Personalized Ornaments - ornaments engraved with names or dates
Textural Ornaments - ornaments with interesting texture to provide interest, like flocked ornaments, wood ornaments, burlap ornaments, ribbed ornaments, glass ornaments, etc.
Christmas Tree Garland - made of wood beads, glass beads, tinsel, dried fruit, etc.
Tinsel - we're a BIG fan of tinsel and love the glamourous touch it adds to a tree
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Ribbon + Bows:
Satin Ribbon or Bows - use this in varying sizes to tie to branches, drape over branches, or weave throughout the tree. Also great for tying to wreaths, garlands, candle holders, or even around gifts.
Velvet Ribbon or Bows - use this in varying sizes to tie to branches, drape over branches, or weave throughout the tree. Also great for tying to wreaths, garlands, candle holders, or even around gifts.
Organza Ribbon or Bows - use this in varying sizes to tie to branches, drape over branches, or weave throughout the tree. Also great for tying to wreaths, garlands, candle holders, or even around gifts.
shop our ribbon favorites
shop our holiday frame TV art favorites
shop our gift-wrapping favorites
We’d love to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts on this list and if there is anything you’d add! Discover our Design Essentials for other rooms in your home…