DTX Comforts of Home 2012
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How to dress up your home for the holidays, Texas-style

How to dress up your home for the holidays, Texas-style

West Elm mercury glass vases holiday 2012
Anything that sparkles — like these mercury glass vases from West Elm — is a must for holiday decor. Photo courtesy of West Elm
Newsprint star, holiday decorations
Newsprint stars create a smart, savvy graphic ornament. Photo courtesy of D'Ette Cole
Arctic animal ornaments at Pottery Barn holiday 2012
Bring the outdoors in with animal ornaments inspired by the season, like these from Pottery Barn. Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn
Vintage ornaments on a tree stump in a feed-store bucket
Vintage ornaments hanging from a white-washed tree branch create an inspired twist on a holiday favorite. Photo courtesy of D'Ette Cole
West Elm mercury glass vases holiday 2012
Newsprint star, holiday decorations
Arctic animal ornaments at Pottery Barn holiday 2012
Vintage ornaments on a tree stump in a feed-store bucket

The holidays can be as stressful — or stress-free — as you make them. We know the routine too well: shopping, waiting in line, sitting in traffic, eating, drinking, watching the shipping charges load onto your bill, cleaning, entertaining, cooking, making a Starbucks run, more shopping.

The one place that should feel relaxing is your home. But before you deck your halls with the same tired tannenbaum, tinsel and twinkle lights, we urge you to breathe deeply, set your inner grinch free and take a fresh approach to decorating this season. Honestly, must we always put out mother’s miniature crystal Christmas tree?

To find out how to dress the house for the season, we asked a few Texas experts to share their thoughts on the latest trends. Here’s to simplicity, comfort, style, a little sparkle and good cheer.

D’Ette Cole, designer, Red

Mix organic materials with simple yet elegant accents
Sophisticated holidays emerge from just a few simple touches in elemental, organic materials. Black ink and ecru, repeated in elegant paper ornaments, create a crisp and timeless color palette. Glittering garlands perfectly trim a tabletop, and well-appointed lighting brings luxury, warmth and radiance.

Play with the written word
Celebrate the modern with graphic, amply scaled holiday decor, sparsely appointed and grouped for effect. Newsprint stars and gift wrap create a smart, savvy graphic edge, while vintage letters, even initials, provide shapely symbols. Set with tinsel trees, which beget holiday cheer and light the way through the season with minimal hassle and maximum effect.

Add bursts of color spots
Bring spunk to a winter wonderland with colorful, one-of-a-kind, vintage ornaments. A white-washed stump or a glittered tree branch set in a feed-store bucket create an inspired twist on a holiday favorite.

Jeff Moss, Buyer, Breed &Co.

Let there be light
Battery-powered lights are big. A set of batteries can last as much as a week or more on LED lights, because they hardly use any power at all. Plus they are very bright.

Use skinny trees in all the right places
Put them on tables, stick them on mantels, place them on your dresser. Some look like something that Dr. Seuss would have, others are more traditional, and some are wrapped in burlap and covered in kind of a sugared frost. Any place that you’ve got space needs a tiny, skinny tree.

Wrap it up right
You can go anyplace and find cheap ribbon for Christmas but not the real stuff — the wired stuff that is made of velvet. Do deep-red velvet and gold. A nice ribbon holds it shape. Try and find one that is shiny red on one side and gold on the other side, so it is reversible.

Annie Downing, interior designer and owner, perusehome.com

Add glamour, glitter and shine
Anything that sparkles is a must for holiday decor this season. Glittery ornaments, mercury glass candlesticks, pine cones covered in glitter, glittery houses — they convey that feeling of a winter wonderland.

Go retro and vintage
Mix felt garlands and wreaths with your current holiday pieces. It’s fun to jumble the old with the new.

Get back to nature
Bring the outdoors in. Evergreen, twigs, branches, mushrooms and animal ornaments (bears, deer, owls) are inspired by the season. Bottle brush trees are fantastic as well. Magnolia wreaths and garlands never go out of style.