The holidays have arrived! In the midst of cooking delicious food, shopping for gifts and making plans to get together with friends and family, it may be challenging to find time to also prepare your home for visiting guests. By following a few simple steps, you will be on your way to creating a less stressful environment for everyone.
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The most affordable and easiest way to quickly decorate your home for the holiday season is to accessorize. Replace lightweight linens in your living area with thicker textures. Add warmth and pops of holiday color by adding lush pillows and a plush throw on your sofa and chairs. Change out the wall art in your dining room to artwork with a seasonal theme to add ambiance during a holiday dinner. Smell also plays an important role during this time of year. Infuse your entryway with scents of clove, bergamot or cinnamon to create a rich and welcoming aroma when guests enter your home. (View our accessories)
Maintain Adequate Space
If you are hosting a gathering at your place, it is important to have enough seating room to accommodate everyone. Clear any unnecessary clutter that may be taking up space in your home in order to make room for additional seating while your guests are visiting. If you are hosting a formal dinner in your dining room, make sure to maintain a minimum of 36 inches between the outer edge of the chairs and the wall. This guarantees enough space to pull out each chair and sit comfortably without feeling crowded.
Prepare Guest Room(s)
If you are hosting overnight guests, prepare the room(s) for them before they arrive. Clear out any items that you have been storing in the closet throughout the rest of the year so they have room to hang up their clothes and store their personal belongings. Welcome them by adding fresh seasonal flowers on the nightstand. Make sure they have a sufficient amount of freshly laundered linens and fill a small basket with travel sized toiletries for them to use in case they left something behind.
Though preparing your home for the holidays may feel stressful, make sure that you stop to have fun and enjoy the spirit of the season. Consider adding a few fun design elements. Framing old photos and incorporating them into your holiday décor is a fun way for your family and friends to reminisce about the good old days. Decorate your home with pieces that you enjoy and give you a good feeling. It is important that you feel happy and comfortable in your home so your guests will too.
Hickory Furniture Mart has been your trusted furniture and design resource for nearly 60 years. We offer something for everyone and would be happy to help you prepare your home for the holidays. Contact us at (800)-462-MART or visit hickoryfurniture.com for more information.