Last but not least, place a tabletop wire tree on a side table for guests to display their handmade ornaments. To break up the shapes of the other tables, use a round sidetable and cover it in a fun tablecloth like the polka dot cloth shown here.
In the open breakfast room of the 2017 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse, Meredith McBrearty Interiors installed a custom-designed plaster light by Julie Neill Designs out of New Orleans. The contemporary fixture centers the dining table.
Designer Jeff Troyer moved the front door from the living room to this central area, allowing the space to function as a sitting room, music room and foyer for the family. A brown L-shaped sofa is tucked into one corner of the room, while a set of three nesting tables is positioned on top of a gray area rug.
A modern, two story atrium fills the center of the house and lets light stream down inside. Strong geometric architecture and white pendant lamps create a clean, spare space that is hallmark of modern design.
A rich mix of materials and textures adds interest and depth to this white, light-filled kitchen. Dark gray cabinetry is topped by wood around the perimeter of the room, while a large center island sports a countertop of sleek white quartz. Leather barstools and rough-hewn open shelves bring in an eclectic, homey vibe.
Anytime you're decorating a space for the holidays with bold colors like red or green, think of how the clean look of ultra-white helps keep the high energy hues balanced. Almost any color works well in this space for a seasonal look thanks to permanent white elements like the aluminum pendant above the table.
This kitchen makeover included new white Shaker cabinets and sleek, glossy white countertops. The designer removed the drop ceiling to open up the space and added a light gray and white backsplash for a splash of muted color. New stainless steel appliances and a brown ceramic tile floor finish off the overall look.
From classic navy and white throw pillows to the heirloom art hung on the wall, this bedroom is punctuated by nautical accents. Be sure to balance classic color schemes with lighter tones, such as the pale blue wall color and the pastel blues in the bedspread, to avoid creating a look that feels too thematic.
Bright white cabinets contrast against the distressed oak flooring in this cottage-inspired kitchen. Glossy subway tile is used for a classic yet chic backsplash, while cool gray countertops bring a contemporary note to the space.
The designer captures all the right details in this modern bathroom to give it character and charm. The gray and white color scheme allows for crisp, clean lines, while the pop of purple and gold creates warmth and depth.
White pendant lights in a mix of shapes create an eye-catching focal point above the dining table. Sliding glass doors all along the far wall open up the space to the pool and adjacent patio. Architecture by Jasmit Rangr.
This open contemporary family kitchen was opened up to create a connection with the family room. The dark cabinetry is contrasted with bright chrome hardware, large white pendants and light colored furnishings.