It’s always a bit of a shock to the system when it’s time to bring out the tensile and unpack the ornaments so we thought asking several of our favorite designers to share their tips on how they handle the crunch would be helpful. First up, we’ve tapped interior designer and entrepreneur Kathy Kuo, who is the founder and CEO of Kathy Kuo Home. She has agreed to share her secrets to decking the halls with style with our readers.
Kathy Kuo Holiday Decorating Style
“This year more than ever, setting the mood for a loving, relaxed and comfy-cozy holiday season is so essential,” Kathy says. “And actually, decorating and refreshing your home for the holidays need not be stressful or daunting.” This is music to our ears, of course, so we eagerly let Kathy take it away with her three top tips for holiday decorating.
Make it Cozy
“As soon as the temperatures outside start to drop, I begin to break out all of my seasonal decorative pillows and throw blankets—and it just ramps up from there and continues to build the closer we get to the holidays. The best way to introduce that seasonal coziness is to think about how you can add warmth, texture, and subtle holiday-inspired elements. For me, I know I’ve achieved maximum holiday cheer when I never have to reach far for an ultra-soft blanket to snuggle into as I am sipping my morning coffee. Finally, a luxe candle is the ultimate finishing touch when it comes to all things cozy—and for the holidays, why not lean into it with time-tested holiday scents underscored by pine and cinnamon?”
Light the Way
“As my friends at Currey & Company know so well, the perfect lighting can make all the difference when you’re setting the mood for the holidays or for a special seasonal occasion. I love being able to set different levels of lighting and to turn on a warm glow from an understated table lamp, or light up my dining room during dinner gatherings with a glamorous chandelier. And of course, the ultimate choice in holiday lighting? The twinkle of Christmas lights on the tree—always with classic white bulbs, of course!”
“There’s no reason not to step outside the décor box when decorating for the holidays—your interior elements should be a seasonal twist on the aesthetic you’re drawn to during the rest of the year. For the holidays, I generally don’t like to be constrained by solid green and red. The holidays can be subtler and more elegant if you think of upscale neutrals like metallics, deep blues, forest green, and warm beiges and gold tones. I love to see a few fragrant garlands of greenery on the mantelpiece or draped over a bannister, and accented with heirloom ornaments and vintage-inspired winter treasures. For example: I recently bought a vintage sled—I live in an apartment in New York City so I have no idea where I’m going to put it, but I might set it out over the holidays as part of my décor and pretend I live in Bristol, RI!”
It’s December When the Holiday Decorating Begins!
And just like that we have hit the ground running in December! We’d like to thank Kathy for taking the time to share with us her holiday decorating savvy. We love that she has 20+ years of experience in the home industry, and now serves as a speaker and activist for female entrepreneurs. It is her mission to support women to intentionally grow and scale value-focused teams. Kudos go to her for being so mindful. You can follow and shop Kathy Kuo on Instagram, and find her on Pinterest to stay abreast of her philanthropic and design activities.
On an event note, we’re participating in fun holiday programming on Field + Supply, which began yesterday and will extend through December 12. “Home for the Holidays” has taken on new meaning this year, and the 12 Days of Holidays will be filled with unique ideas to make things even homier when entertaining, gift-giving, and designing a warm and inviting backdrop for the winter to come. There will also be a sweepstakes, and opportunities to shop from curated home décor items. A selection of our accessories and lamps, including our Sora Small Vase above, will be given away so be sure to stop by at some point during the 12 Days of Holidays.