As a mom and as an interior designer, I love to decorate my home for the changing seasons and for the holidays. It's important to me that our home feels comfortable, warm, and festive. My 6-year-old daughter, who is a creative soul, really gets excited when our house is decked out and loves to help style our home, which of course I adore. I am excited to share some of my decorating tips and tricks with you!
When changing the decor in my home, I always start with the mantle as it's often the focal point to a room; when styled, it has such a beautiful presence. A seasonal or Hanukkah garland is an inexpensive and easy way to change the look and feel of this space, such as a tassel garland or felt ball garland. Above the mantle, a wood sign or holiday print can also easily set the tone for the room. When choosing a piece of artwork, it's important to first measure the space to see how the artwork might fit. I will typically mask out the area with painter's tape so I have an idea of how much space the artwork will take up.
We were fortunate to have a wonderful photographer take photographs for our site. For our shoots, we used either 24"X24" or 28"X28" wood signs, and the art prints were 13" X 19" (matted and framed in a 18"X24" frame). We love the look of a large size or print as a focal point for the mantle! Accessories on top of the mantle help finish the look. We are currently obsessed with easy and relatively inexpensive accessory items, like the "A Bunch and Then Some" dreidels, which you can display in a hurricane-style container or a vase. I also love using our menorah and even wrapped presents. To finish off the look, lean some pillows and some more gifts in front of your mantle and--voila--your mantle is complete!
Beyond the mantle, there are so many other places you can decorate in your home. I enjoy decorating my foyer, as it makes a beautiful entry for my family and guests. You can use garland on an exposed staircase, in a doorway, or hanging from a chest. You can easily complete the look with some accessories and fresh flowers; a wood sign or print above the chest completes the look. If you have a bench, chair or stool, a few Hanukkah throw pillows are an easy addition.
Of course, when I think of any Jewish holiday, I think about gathering around the table with loved ones. To set a beautiful table for delicious latkes or your favorite brisket, you can use a seasonal runner, placemats or a tablecloth, and then mix up the style with coordinating napkins (rather than matching) for a fun look. A menorah makes the perfect accent, along with a floral centerpiece and some tealights to finish the look. Serve your delicious treats on pretty dishes, such as these from our new porcelain collection.
Quick decoration ideas include adding Hanukkah pillows to a sofa or chair, putting tea towels and small artwork in your kitchen, and, again, hanging tea towels in your powder room. All it takes are a few changes to truly elevate your home to a new level of beautiful festivity.
I am really looking forward to decorating our home this year for Hanukkah 2017, and I am also looking forward to sharing photos with you. We also love seeing the way you incorporate Hanukkah decorations and celebrations into your own homes; please email photos to us; we can't wait to see!
Wishing you all a wonderful Hanukkah season! Please reach out with any decorating questions or thoughts; we love to hear from you!
Have Lovely and Peaceful Day,