5 Local Design Bloggers Dish On Holiday Decorating!

Call us early birds, but the second Halloween passes, our holiday-happy minds are already on to the next celebration and gathering. And we’ll let you in on a little secret — nothing leaves us wide-eyed and grinning quite like decorating for the festive days ahead. We can’t help but eagerly break out the handsome garlands in a scurry and embellish our pad accordingly.
But, we know it isn’t always a cinch to deck the halls properly (and chicly), so we chatted up five local design bloggers to assist with the madness. They’ve spilled the beans on their top picks for prettifying your casa for holiday celebrations. Whether it’s a sleek Heath gravy boat for Thanksgiving or a cute-as-a-button bunny ornament — if these picks don’t get you ready for the season, we don’t know what will.
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Maia McDonald, Art Director at Rue Magazine and Blogger at Design Conundrum

“This is the perfect gravy dispenser for your Thanksgiving table — from one of my favorite local brands, of course.”

Heath Ceramics Creamer, $35, available at Heath Ceramics.

Photo: Courtesy of Maia McDonald
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“I've been just a tad bit obsessed with this gold cocktail shaker for some time now. And how amazing would it look mixing up drinks for your next holiday soiree?”

Yukiwa Japan Gold Cobbler Shaker, $75, available at Umami Mart.
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"This is a perfectly patterned throw to cozy up with on the couch after your big Thanksgiving meal or while unwrapping gifts this holiday season."

Eleanor Pritchard Throw, $345, available a Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
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Crystal Gentilello, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Rue Magazine

“With the colder months upon us, it's all about warm textures to get your home holiday ready. I love this cozy, snow-white option for my Christmas florals this year.”

Arteriors Tully Patchwork Knit Porcelain Vase, $144, available at Zinc Door.

Photo: Courtesy of Crystal Gentilello
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"I always seek out new interpretations on classic decor for the holidays. So, instead of the traditional evergreen and holly-branched wreath, I'm loving these weathered antlers for an unexpected twist this year."

Restoration Hardware Weathered Antler Wreath, $299, available at Restoration Hardware.
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“I try to steer clear of anything too obvious or literal for the holidays — this hand-carved deer set is the perfect mix of sophistication and cute.”

Mex Chic Hand-Carved Deer Bowl Set, Available Upon Request at MexChic.
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Kelly Waters, designer, illustrator, and blogger at Halcyon Days

“I am always making sure there is a lit candle — and preferably several — around the house. I prefer a combination of simple votives like the Kivi from Iitala, something more extravagant like Lindsay Adelman’s Agnes Candelabra — and at least one scented candle by Diptyque continues to be my go-to favorite.”

Diptyque Paris Amber Oud Candle, $68, available at Diptyque.

Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Waters/Hahn Nguyen
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“I like combining efforts when it comes to holiday expenses, as I don’t like to spend a lot of time and money on something I only have out once a year. So, I use the holidays to splurge on a big ticket item for the home. Lighting is a perfect option, since it instantly creates mood. I’ve personally been really interested in the works of Christopher Boots."

Christopher Boots Prometheus Fixture, Price Upon Request, available at Christopher Boots.
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“This time of year preparing and sharing home-cooked meals with friends and family is de rigueur. I like having Masanori Oji’s brass pot stands out on the table ready for the next soiree. And the bonus is they look good all year long.”

Mjölk Brass Stands, $81 to $10, available at Mjölk.
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Theresa Gonzalez, Apartment Therapy Contributor, Group Editor-in-Chief of Craft for Future Publishing

“I adore this bone china — with mugs for my favorite hot chocolate — from UK-based designer Donna Wilson. I like that the mid-century-inspired design isn't in traditional green and the set's made by a 100-year-old British pottery manufacturer.”

Donna Wilson Acorn Mug, $23.99, available at Donna Wilson.
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“I love the idea of a Scandinavian Christmas, all red and white, and these minimal felt balls from West Elm fit the bill. They don't necessarily need to go on a tree either; they'd be fun hung like streamers from the ceiling.”

West Elm Felt Garland, $19, available at West Elm.
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“Anthropologie always slays me with its handmade-ish ornaments and this year doesn't disappoint. Its collection of ski bunnies in ridiculously cute outfits totally satisfies my current bunny obsession.”

Anthropologie Aspen Bunny, $18, available at Anthropologie.

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Victoria Smith of S.F. Girl By Bay.

“I love these wreaths from West Elm. They look like clusters of snowballs, but are handmade from fluffy white wool felt by artisans in a village outside of Kathmandu, Nepal.”

West Elm Felt Ball Wreath, $39 to $59, available at West Elm.
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“And to wrap around the base of my tree, I love this snowy shag tree skirt from Anthropologie. So fluffy and white, I think it would really make any room look much more sophisticated than the usual tree skirts you find.”

Anthropologie Snowy Shag Tree Skirt, $600, available at Anthropologie.
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"I'm all about a white Christmas. Growing up in Los Angeles it never snowed, so perhaps I feel like I missed out somehow. Truth be told, I'm not a huge fan of the traditional red and green holiday decor, so I like to keep it white and sparkly. These frosted fir trees would be great with some little tea lights illuminating them."

Terrain Frosted Fir Tree Set, $28, available at Terrain.