Smart Design With Suzette: Holiday Decorating

Dining room decorated for Hanukkah. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

It’s that time of year…we excitedly stand out in the cold to watch the holiday light parade, marvel at the performance of the Nutcracker ballet and look forward to time spent with family and friends celebrating the holiday season.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope you will enjoy reading this as I share some ideas that might inspire you this season.

We often see holiday decorating ideas that are perfect for the living room and even the tabletop, but what if you’re one of those particularly dedicated folks who want to spread holiday cheer to every room in your home? When it comes to bringing a festive look to your kitchen, bedroom, and even your bathroom, I’ve got plenty of ideas…and a lot of garland!


Kitchen garland. Courtesy photo

Garland. You can’t go wrong with draping it across just about anything. A bay leaf garland, artfully draped through the brackets of an open shelf, adds a touch of cheer (and a beautiful smell!) to a kitchen. Drape garland over a kitchen window (and a little pot of rosemary next to the sink) for the perfect holiday touch.

Bed garland. Courtesy photo

This is, admittedly, quite a bit of work for a holiday bedroom, but there is a wide-eyed 10-year-old inside me who LOVES it. Garland draped over a four-post bed or even over your headboard brings a beautiful nod to the holiday. What better place to wake up?

Bathroom decoration. Courtesy photo

Yes, even my bathroom is decorated with festive towels, candles and garland. You can extend holiday cheer to the bathroom, too.

Dining Room
The dining room is the best place to decorate since holidays are well spent around the table enjoying the holiday meal. Beautiful lamps, candles, packages and shiny ornaments can turn your dining room into a chic and festive space.

Safety First
While holiday decorating is all about adding fun, sparkle and warmth to a very special season, it’s important to remember that many of our favorite decorations carry the risk of fire or electrical injury if not used carefully.

Hanukkah decoration. Courtesy photo

Don’t let a preventable accident take the enjoyment out of your holidays – whether you’re excitedly preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, take a few minutes to read safety labels to make sure you have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

For help with your home, contact Suzette through her website and on Facebook at

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