Guest – Jeanette Chasworth
Wondering how interior designers decorate for the holidays?
Everyone loves the holidays. They’re a wonderful way to pass family traditions from one generation to the next. When we add holiday extras to a busy schedule, it can mean we’re trying to do too much. It’s easy to end up so exhausted we don’t enjoy ourselves. That’s why we’re hosting experts to share 24 holiday tips. We want to help you re-balance how you spend your time, and hope you're able to use these holiday decorating tips to save time while getting great results decorating.
Favorite Holiday Activity
Jeanette loves bringing out her collections that she uses to decorate for the holidays. She loves the memories that each ornament (she uses lots of dolls too) brings with it and shared a few of her favorites. Her first ornament is her collection of bears that play banjos, as she enjoys listening to them while setting up her Christmas tree. For the fireplace mantel she has 4 carolers, along with garlands of barbershop music as her husband sings barbershop … and so you see, music is a big part of Jeanette's holiday festivities.
3 Tips: Holiday Decorating Tips from An Interior Designer
Jeanette, owner of TheColorWhisperer.com, believes that the holidays are “all about making memories” so she likes to make connections between visual decorations like red, ball ornaments and music which is very important to her family. More than anything, Jeanette says you want to use ornaments that help you connect with family members and special events in your/their lives.
Here are Jeanette's holiday decorating tips that you can easily adapt to things important to your family:
- Use your decorations to tell stories. The traditional Christmas story involves the manger but there are many other choices. You can use a snow theme (fun if you live where it doesn't snow), a barbershop/musical theme, a sports theme … you get the idea.
- Use a different decorating theme for each room. You might put a sports themed tree in a child's bedroom, or a tree decorated with stockings in the guest bathroom. It's fun to see how the themes change as your children get older and Jeanette likes to add one new ornament each year to create new memories of people special in her family.
- Get creative about how you bring themes into your decorating. With music so important to Jeanette's family, she collects music boxes which she displays and plays during the holidays. Some music boxes play classical music, Christmas music and she especially likes Burl Ives.
If you’d like to listen to Jeanette and I talking about her tips, click to listen to the recording …
Most Important Holiday Goal
For Jeanette, the holidays are all about spreading love and joy, which she does through music and decorating. She loves finding new ways to remind her family of treasured traditions, to connect with the people she has in her life today and memories of those from years gone by.