HI! My name is Liz Carroll of Liz Carroll Interiors in Wilmington, NC.
I want to thank Denise for allowing me to be a guest blogger for her this week. What an exciting opportunity! I absolutely love Denise’s Design on a Deadline and have had a ball getting to know her over the past year. Not only is Denise extremely talented, but she also has one of my favorite laughs and is about as quick-witted as they come!
As readers of Denise’s Design on a Deadline tips every week, it goes without saying that all of our lives are busy, so it’s nice to not overcomplicate things when the holidays roll around. My holiday decorating style and design aesthetic are similar. I like to keep things light and beautiful, while creating a sense of calm. My look is a “hip traditional” that while beautiful, has to function for everyday living. There are so many factors that can contribute to stress and chaos these days, it’s nice to be able to walk in your home and feel relaxed. Getting ready for the holidays should be the same!
Without further ado, here are some of my favorite tips for getting ready for the holidays. I hope some of them inspire you this holiday season!
Paper whites and pine. A little bit of garland and some simple, white bows go a long way on this banister. It’s simple and elegant. Anyone can do this!
This is another effortless way to add some holiday cheer to your bookcases. A few simple wreaths and ornaments, and ta-da! You’re all done. Design tip: Keep the ornaments in a cohesive color-scheme, and use solid, shiny colors.
A must-have for me during the holiday season is solid-colored wrapping paper. Again, it’s a simple way to create a beautiful look. I keep a ton on hand and try to stick to one or two colors under the tree, but I could see a rainbow of solid colors with fun ribbon too! Every gift looks so chic when it’s in a solid paper with a beautiful bow.
Gifts that give. ONEHOPE Wine is my go to wine year-round and I love to keep cases of it on hand during the holidays for impromptu gatherings and gifts. ONEHOPE donates 50% of ALL profits to charity. That’s right….they give HALF of everything they make back to charity! Pretty amazing, right? And, it’s great wine!
Finally, what is the “new” Christmas without an Elf on the Shelf? I have two young children (5 and 2), so the holidays are nothing short of magical at our house. If you have been living under a rock and don’t know about the Elf on the Shelf yet, read the story and go get one. I can’t imagine getting ready for the holidays and not having that sneaky little elf around!
Thank you again Denise for having me over to share these tips for decorating for the holidays! I hope you will all come virtually visit with me on Facebook and Pinterest! Happy holidays!