Guest Post by Lisa Riva of Lisa Riva Art + Interiors. She is a fabulous interior designer and artist that has done quite a bit of work in my own home. She has some ideas on how to decorate for the holidays without creating clutter.
If time permits, here are a few steps Lisa takes to keep the decor fresh and simple while creating autumn ambiance.
Pack away all the seasonal decor you have out that will conflict with fall colors. Make sure you group them by season and label the bins
Focus on one or two key areas to decorate rather scattering a few things here and there
For Thanksgiving, the best places to focus on are the dining room and entryway
Gather up your Thanksgiving decor items and see what’s grabbing your attention
Donate any pieces you don’t love anymore
Consider how you can adapt current decor or other holiday decor to work for Thanksgiving by trying these ideas:
Add in a few natural pieces from your yard, an heirloom pumpkin or a new table runner to freshen up what you have as you create a table scape or decorate the buffet
Hang your fall wreath and add a new ribbon
Add pheasant feathers, seed pods or curly branches to an existing year-round floral display or non season specific garland
Scatter beautiful leaves on the buffet
Incorporate beautiful serving dishes
Change out the flowers in your front porch pots, add fall florals, branches, hurricanes with candles or pumpkins
Once you’re created a couple of beautiful groupings, try adding a seasonal candle with a few fall leaves underneath in the powder room
After the grand dinner, consider which Thanksgiving pieces might work for Christmas with a little adaptation such as changing up fall garland by replacing feathers with berry sprigs
Pack away the Thanksgiving only items in a labeled bin!
Most importantly, Lisa emphasizes that enjoying the holiday and your family is more important than perfect decor. If your life only allows for a catered meal and a single pumpkin as a centerpiece, that is wonderful too. Be grateful for the friends and family that surround you. You can find Lisa at her Houzz page.