Décor Do’s & Dont’s

Known for her extraordinary eye for detail in design, color and fabrics, Interior Designer Gil Walsh shares her expertise on holiday decorating best practices. Enjoy (and apply) her expert advice and deck your halls like a pro this season.

Q: HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE HOLIDAY DÉCOR INTO YOUR HOME?
A: The holidays are such a special time, and I truly enjoy decorating my home and hosting friends and family. Just like my design practice, I am drawn to timeless holiday décor—these are items that tend to be rich in color, texture and pattern. I gravitate toward metallics for my décor objects—as the holidays are the perfect time to have a little sparkle in your home. My linens and ribbons are always red—my favorite color, with a warm floral or plaid pattern.

Q: WHAT SHOULD YOU AVOID WHEN DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
A: Our Christmas décor is often a collection of memories—items our children have made, trinkets we purchased while traveling abroad and gifts from friends and family. There is no reason, however, that we must display EVERY item at the same time. I suggest grouping items into collections or themes—using the color or overall design aesthetic to guide you. Each year, select one theme to feature, this way you can continue to add to your collections in a way that creates a cohesive look and doesn’t overwhelm your home.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR MUST-HAVE HOLIDAY DÉCOR ITEMS?
A: The tree is absolutely the centerpiece of any holiday décor. It’s what we spend the most time decorating and it sets the tone for the rest of the home. I also recommend an abundance of live Fraser Fur garland and wreaths throughout—the scent is just heavenly. To decorate my trees and wreaths, I found this amazing tool, the Ornamator, a simple wired device that allows you to create beautiful bows, and perfectly cluster ornaments. I couldn’t live without it—so I actually invested in the company!

By Interior Designer Gil Walsh
Principal, Gil Walsh Interiors gilwalsh.com