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Surviving the Season-- Holiday Decorating

Surviving the Season-- Holiday Decorating

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**Email your ideas or photos to**Coco Warner reporting

Almost everyone likes to put up a few things around their home for the holidays. But maybe you're feeling a bit overwhlemed by the idea, or don't know where to begin.

Maybe you have a few wreaths that you put up every year and then call it good. But there are some easy and inexpensive steps you can take to really make your home more stylish and festive.

Danyelle Layton/Highland Group Interior Design: "We love to incorporate the old with the new."

Interior designers from the Highland Group are incorporating several design idea basics for this table. The first one is layering. You start at the bottom-- in this case the tablecloth and runners-- and work your way up or out.

Rich, metallic colors are popular this year, as are glass bowls and fresh greenery.

Danyelle Layton/Highland Group Interior Design: "Anytime you can go fresh versus artificial, definitely do that. All of your senses get treated."

Some other tips-- ribbon is a simple, inexpensive and versatile way to decorate. Pillows and throws are also an easy solution.

Valerie Paoli-Johnson/Highland Group Interior Design: "I like to clean the mantle off of everyday adornments and put something special up there."

Another great place to decorate is your front door, because that's the first thing that visitors see.

Valerie Paoli-Johnson/Highland Group Interior Design: "That's the first introduction to your home when you invite them to your home on the holidays. So I always think it's really important to have something special on that front door."

You can get ideas by looking through magazines or walking through stores. An even better place to look is through your own cabinets. By mixing your old stuff with some new purchases, your displays take on more meaning.

And everything looks better by candlelight.

Danyelle Layton/Highland Group Interior Design: "It's amazing how little it takes to make a room feel festive."

Some more advice-- don't overdecorate! Sometimes, simpler really is better.

So here's a list of some decorating how to's:

Layer items
Mix old with new
Ribbon, throws and pillows are easy decorating solutions
Use fresh instead of artificial
Consider using glass
Easy areas to dress up are tables, the front door and mantles.
Don't overdecorate

Tomorrow we're tackling a decorator's piece de resistance-- the Christmas tree!

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