Now that the holiday season is in full swing it’s a perfect opportunity to think about how your home design plan should consider the seasons. With guests coming in from out of town, decorations being put up and an influx of baking going on your house is changing with the season. If you’re smart about how you prepare for the holiday season you can make your home design work to your advantage. Whether you’re finding a place for guests, hosting dinner parties or trying to get things done without becoming a grinch, these tips will show you how to create holiday magic with the help of your home.
Deck the Halls Without the Clutter
Part of the magic of the season is the way that your home transforms into a winter wonderland. Many people may not like this first tip, but before you start hanging decorations, you need to clear the clutter. Go through every inch of your home the way that you would for spring cleaning. Gut the junk drawer, donate old clothing and clean every nook and cranny. When it comes time to decorate you’ll have the free space for decorating accessories like hooks, wire and tape.
When the season is over, have the space ready to store holiday items. Home design should cater to your decorating style. Make your home work by installing custom cabinetry in the attic or an extra hall closet. These features will help you ring in the New Year with less stress.
Give Guests a Home Away From Home
Guests coming from out of town for the holidays are making a big sacrifice and it can be hard during the hustle and bustle to be in an unfamiliar space. Make sure you include a space for guests in your holiday home design. This not only pertains the guest room and bath, but to nearby storage. Place extra towels and blankets in the hall linen closet for easy access and don’t forget to decorate the guest room with subtle holiday touches like ornaments on the mirror or a festive plaid wool blanket on the bed.
Smooth and Seamless Hosting
Make your home work for you during holiday parties by taking advantage of organized design in the kitchen. Many high end homes have a butlers pantry. Instead of using this space as an extra spot for supplies, decorate it and turn it into a drink station for cocktails and holiday beverages.
If you have an open floor plan, take advantage of your home design by adding seating. Add a love seat in the corner. Place a few comfy chairs in the area between the dining room and living room. The more comfortable and inviting seating you have, the more inviting your home will be for your guests.
Create a Santa’s Workshop
Designate a specific spot in your home as a personal hideaway for all of your holiday activities. This will be the place for stashing gifts, planning meal menus, writing Christmas cards and tackling your to-do lists. Make your home design work for you by allocating a nook in the mudroom, office, or even an extra walk-in closet.
With strategic home design you can have the holiday you dream of without the stress. Cheers to using your home to make the holiday inviting, clutter free and magical!