27 October 2010

HGTV.com asks Tara Riceberg for holiday decorating advice

Holiday Touches

Stylist and designer, Tara Riceberg likes to decorate a foyer by adding traditional seasonal touches to everyday home accessories. Here, the hallway table now houses a glittering tinsel tree, wrapped gifts and a plant sparked with a little holiday glam. "To simply transition from fall into the holidays, dress up plants with your favorite keepsake ornaments," she suggests. "Choose a plant like an orchid that can easily support the weight of decorations and isn't too leafy, so you get a great view of your (treasured accents)." Photo courtesy of Axel Koester

Bedeck the Bath

The guest bath and powder room are perfect places for a little merriment. Riceberg adds seasonally scented candles, a teeny poinsettia plant and a festive carved dish used as a sink-top towel holder. Photo courtesy of Axel Koester

For Festive Feasts

When setting the holiday table, Riceberg is always mindful of the details. Special little refinements show not only stylish flair, but thought and care. Here, her candlelit dining room gets subtle seasonal touches with sprigs of holly tucked into silver napkin rings, mini poinsettias flanking a centerpiece of floating candles and garland wreaths along the sideboard. Photo courtesy of Axel Koester

Show Off Holiday Plants

Riceberg grouped lacquered boxes atop a long table as a cohesive and graphic display for a selection of traditional holiday plants, a topiary and even a simple sprig of mistletoe. Photo courtesy of Tara Riceberg.

Deck Your Plants

Riceberg adds a selection of current magazines and a gift of plush slippers, and she never underestimates the power of pretty plants. "They literally breathe life into the room," she says. Preferable to fresh-cut flowers for their longevity and easy maintenance, plants can easily add holiday flair to the guestroom (and throughout the house) with another of Riceberg's simple tweaks: "I like to jazz up plants by switching out traditional moss with pine cones, tinsel or cranberries!" Photo courtesy of Axel Koester