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.