EntertainingDec 15, 2020

Amber’s Holiday Decorating Tips

Written by Megan Martinez
Photographed by Jess Isaac

The holidays may look a little different this year, but we’re still pulling out all the stops to make the season at home feel extra special. From the decor to the playlist and cocktails, we’ve got you covered when it comes to getting festive. Read on for Amber’s holiday decorating tips and tricks to make your home into the holiday retreat you’ve always dreamed of.


Small touches can go a long way to making your space feel festive. Style your surfaces (think mantle, cabinet, side table, etc.!) with accents like taper candles, rustic bells, greenery, and miniature trees to instantly create a holiday feel. The little things add up to create a tasteful winter wonderland in no time.


Rather than going over the top with strictly seasonal décor, consider everyday pieces you already own, but in heavier textures and a moodier color palette reminiscent of winter. Think rust-toned textiles, vintage terracotta vessels, woven accents, and luxe mohair throws to bring in the spirit season. Individual items like these can be styled and restyled all year long.


Garlands, wreaths, and greenery are your best friends when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Not only do they smell incredible, but they look beautiful and make a considerable impact in every space. Think outside the box and place greenery in unexpected places—like a wreath in the kitchen or a garland on the table or framing a doorway. Stop by your local flower market and look for single varietal bushels in festive color ways and unique garlands in eucalyptus or magnolia leaves. Pro tip: ask your local florist for wreaths with dried flowers for a longer lasting option!


It’s the little things that make all the difference. Once you’ve decorated, take a step back and consider the small details that add up to make an impact. A beaded garland here or twinkle lights there won’t go unnoticed.


Now that you’ve decorated your space visually, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. There’s no better way to get into the spirit of things than cueing up the jams…and don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a holiday playlist for you on Spotify!


What are the holidays without a little festive cocktail? We crafted a delicious maple bourbon drink to enjoy with your tunes. Merry merry, and cheers to the season!

New Vermont Cocktail

Prep Time: 2 Minutes
Total Time: 5 Minutes
Serve: 2

3 oz. Bourbon

1 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Maple Syrup

4 Dashes Angostura Bitters



Combine bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for approximately 30 seconds or until the shaker is cold to the touch. Strain and serve over ice (preferably 1 large cube) in your favorite glassware. Enjoy!

shop the look

Orleans Tumbler


Battuto Ice Bucket


Remo Long Tray


Hand Blown Glass Pitcher


Sejnane Ceramic Beads


Frayed Linen Napkin


Tarak Natural Throw


Taper Candle


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