“Help me deck the halls like a pro!”

We asked the de­sign gu­rus for the sim­ple short­cuts and heart­warm­ing touches that’ll in­spire your hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing

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Make your tree sparkle Try this light­ing trick The easy way to get your tree twin­kling: “Start­ing at the top, string lights ver­ti­cally close to the tips of the branches in an S-shape,” ad­vises de­sign ex­pert Francesco Bilotto. “It’s so much faster than go­ing hor­i­zon­tally in and out. Not only will this give the out­side of your tree a gor­geous glow, mak­ing it look brighter, it’ll also be eas­ier for you to re­move the lights af­ter the hol­i­days be­cause you won’t have to strug­gle reach­ing all the way into the in­te­rior of the tree.” Tell or­na­ment sto­ries “There’s no need to be crafty to cre­ate mean­ing­ful or­na­ments,” prom­ises vin­tage life­style ex­pert Bob Richter. One touch­ing ex­am­ple: “When a friend sold the house her mother had grown up in, she took down the chan­de­lier, tied a silver rib­bon around each crys­tal prism and gave them to loved ones so ev­ery­one had a lit­tle piece of the fam­ily home for their tree—it was a re­ally lovely, easy thing to do.” Whether you af­fix a hook to a small teddy bear or draw a rib­bon through heir­loom cookie cut­ters, the op­por­tu­ni­ties to make your tree even more spe­cial are end­less. Add bal­ance with a “belt” How to cre­ate the look of a pol­ished tree in one move? “Just drape on a gar­land,” says tree-dec­o­rat­ing pro Carol Field Dahlstrom. “Since the tri­an­gle­shaped tree is bot­tom-heavy, adding hor­i­zon­tal lines with a gar­land bal­ances it out. It’s like putting on a belt when you’re get­ting dressed— all of a sud­den, ev­ery­thing looks fin­ished!” Give your home fes­tive touches Make a keep­sake wreath “I al­ways en­cour­age folks to take down one piece of art in their home and hang a wreath in its place,” says Bilotto. “Just at­tach Christ­mas cards to an in­ex­pen­sive faux wreath or use flo­ral wire to tie on home­made or­na­ments that may be too delicate for your tree. When you look at it, you’ll be com­ing ‘ full cir­cle,’ so to speak, telling your fam­ily’s story.” Bring na­ture in­doors “Just head to your lo­cal gar­den center and pick up a few scraps of ev­er­greens,” en­cour­ages Bilotto. “You can keep them fresh with lit­tle stem tubes— like the ones florists use for roses, avail­able in crafts stores— or sim­ply mist them once a week. Stick a few sprigs into a faux tree to in­fuse it with a won­der­ful nat­u­ral scent or just place them in a vase and hang a few or­na­ments on them for a ‘mini tree’ on your kitchen ta­ble!” Dis­play An sim­ple over­looked as it mem­o­ries is sen­ti­men­tal? “dec­o­ra­tion” Gift as tags, says Richter. “I saved one from my grand­mother that has a beau­ti­ful car­di­nal on it be­cause car­di­nals were her thing,” he re­veals. “Ev­ery year, I tuck it into a bit of fes­tive green­ery on my cof­fee ta­ble, and when­ever I look at it, I think of her.” Richter isn’t alone in his de­sire to dis­play heir­loom dé­cor: “Peo­ple tell me all the time they want to use old fam­ily or­na­ments but are wor­ried they might get dam­aged,” he says. The so­lu­tion: “Just clus­ter pre­cious or­na­ments un­der a glass cake dome— Christ­mas is a time to cel­e­brate the good, so don’t hide away the things that mean the most!”

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