When hosting this season, consider ways to make your space a home away from home for your guests. Instead of being a house to visit, design a home to be shared by those you invite in. Because a house is a structure; but, a home is something different altogether. It’s an oasis of comfort, a place of rest, and a space for connection. How do you make your house a home away from home this season? We’re so glad you asked! Today, we’re sharing our favorite spaces in our own homes and how we enhanced each room to be warm and inviting. Keep reading to find 3 simple Styling #HostfulHacks that will transform your house into a home and view our Holiday Home Tour, and get inspired to create a space of comfort for the special people in your life.
We’re focusing on five spaces in our homes that are significant places for setting the atmosphere, reconnecting with loved ones, and creating memorable moments. However, these tips and tricks we’re sharing can easily be applied to any space in your home! Embrace the styling suggestions that speak to you and create your own one-of-a-kind aesthetic in your home this season.
3 Styling #HostfulHacks that Easily Make Your House a Home
Our #HostfulHacks are here to simplify every facet of hosting in your home – including styling pieces to create your desired aesthetic. Decorating your home to create a warm, cozy, yet stylish look might seem overwhelming; however, we encourage you to only focus on a few components that will make creating a home away from home for guests quick and easy.
Styling Hostful Hack #1: Choose an element of warmth. Our favorite way to do this is by incorporating candles. Opt for seasonal scents to amplify a festive atmosphere that will welcome guests when they enter your home.
Styling Hostful Hack #2: Consider texture. Create visual interest by choosing a variety of textures and finishes for the holiday decor pieces that you choose. Easily make any space cozy by opting for items that are soft and plush, such as a throw blanket.
Styling Hostful Hack #3: Be purposeful. It’s easy to overdo it when decorating for the holidays with all the fun, festive seasonal decor (that’s so hard to not buy every year!). However, we encourage you to embrace a “less is more” attitude and be more selective with the pieces you choose. Selecting pieces with purpose makes for a calmer, more intentional design in your home.
Our Holiday Home Tour
A Welcoming Entryway – Shannon’s Foyer
The foyer is a place that sets the tone when guests arrive. Make it festive while also setting a relaxed and calming vibe by pairing neutral holiday decor with evergreen accents. Consider texture, as well, when designing this space. Combine smooth surfaces with soft, distressed, or organic finishes for a quick way to add visual interest.
A Table to Gather Around – Jenna’s Dining Room
The heart of your home for gathering and connection, a dining room is oftentimes an overlooked space when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Choose holiday pieces that will blend seamlessly with existing decor. #HostfulHack: Choosing evergreen as an accentual hue will instantly make your space feel festive yet calm.
Get the Look
Small Reclaimed Wood Decorative House
Tall Reclaimed Wood Decorative House
Balsam & Cedar Electroplated Gold-Rimmed Candle
Featured on Jenna’s Dining Room Table: Plaid Table Runner in Green, Round Reversible Marble Charcuterie Board, Christmas Linen Cocktail Napkins, Matte Gold Cheese Knife Set, Large Paper Mache Bowl
Encourage Guests to Get Cozy – Jenna’s Living Room
Style your living room as a restful oasis where guests feel inclined to kick back and relax. To do this, add cozy elements, such as plush throws and seasonal candles. Muted colors, such as winter gray, offer a peaceful atmosphere, resulting in a space made for deep conversations and reconnecting with loved ones.
Spread the Cheer – Shannon’s Mantel
Extend your holiday decor to your mantel with a combination of neutral and seasonal colors. Adding taper candles will instantly create a sophisticated aesthetic, while simple holiday accents in evergreen and brass offer visual interest. Artwork is just one more way to foster a cozy atmosphere, therefore select a piece that blends with your color scheme and embraces the essence of the season.
A Simple & Sophisticated Aesthetic – Shannon’s Kitchen
The kitchen is a special place to so many, so be sure to add a bit of holiday cheer to this space in your home for a cohesive look and feel. Opting for simple, neutral pieces will add just the right touch of holiday cheer without cluttering your kitchen space that will surely get use this season. Furthermore, cooking essentials, such as measuring cups and spoons, can elevate your aesthetic by incorporating matte or brushed gold finishes.
Get the Look
Adjustable Aged Oak Cookbook Stand
Tall Reclaimed Wood Decorative House
Gold and Walnut Engraved Measuring Cups
Gold and Walnut Engraved Measuring Spoons
Weathered Black Cement Bowl Planter
Small White Stoneware Tree with Glaze
Friend, no matter how you choose to style your home, the best #HostfulHack we can offer to you for making a house a home is to simply be present. A present host will always result in an intentional gathering where cherished memories are made. So toss the idea of perfection, embrace the true meaning of the season, and enjoy your time with the people who matter most.
Happy Holidays, Busy Bee!
Be sure to hop on over to these holiday blog posts!
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Christmas Home Decor in a Small Space by Cottage Living and Style
A Wreath-Inspired Christmas Decor by An Organized Season
Easy Christmas DIY Decor by Color Joy Interiors
Paint a Christmas Star by Fifth Sparrow No More
Black Santa Decor by Eighty MPH Mom
Dried Orange Garland by The Scented Homestead
2021 Christmas Home Tour by Attempts at Domestication
Green and White Christmas Decor by Celebrated Nest
What a darling home! Boho chic! Your holiday decor is not overwhelming and maintains the charm of your current decor. It’s really lovely!
Thank you so much, Tara! We’re always trying to get rid of that hosting overwhelm. 😉 Happy holidays!
Donna Allen says
Both of your homes look beautiful! Thanks for the tips to help create memorable moments with those we love during the holidays. Take care, Donna
The holidays are all about those memorable moments! Thanks for your kind words, and happy holidays!
Susan Young says
Love the simplistic and curated look of these spaces—just the right touch of holiday in each room. Merry Christmas!
We’re embracing the “less is more” concept this holiday season! Merry Christmas to you, too, Susan!
Your homes are both so lovely! And your Styling Hostful Hacks are such great advice! By narrowing down to 3 specific decor elements it makes decorating beautiful feel more attainable and less overwhelming.
Yes, we find if we don’t narrow down our focus, it gets a bit overwhelming! Thanks for your kind words, Ashley, and happy holidays!
Kristin Perez says
Beautiful Home tour – wonderful to hop with y’all today!
It was so much fun to hop with you too, Kristin! Happy holidays!
Juliet | Aloverlylife.com says
You have such a charming and cozy home. I love all the festive pops of greenery around your house.
From one busy bee to another, wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!
Happiest of holidays to you too, Juliet!
Absolutely beautiful! Such beautiful spaces! Happy Holidays to you both!
Thank you, Stephanie! It was so much fun creating these spaces. Happy holidays!
I love all of your tips, hack #3 is my favorite! I agree, less is always more! Your homes are beautiful and Happy Holidays!