Stacks of presents beneath the tree create a more finished look, adding layers of color and pattern, thanks to the festive wrapping. Not quite done with your shopping? Wrap a few empty boxes to pile up some faux presents until you can replace them with the real things.
Dress up the dinner table with a sparkling and unique advent calendar centerpiece. Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs used a vintage chicken-wire cloche dome of gifts and Christmas tags to represent the 25-day countdown. Add small, wrapped presents, decorative ornaments and ribbons underneath the dome. Each day, let the kids remove a tag and open a present. With each gift and tag removed, simply replace with the next consecutive number.
Actress, singer-songwriter and food blogger Haylie Duff is comfortable with her neutral-chic Los Angeles home. But designer Kelli Ellis decides to splash Haylie's home with a palette of white, pink and blue to create a feminine and eclectic holiday display perfect for her upcoming party. As seen on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes.
No Christmas tree is complete without a skirt to hide its base or stand. Rather than using a traditional store-bought tree skirt, Marian Parsons transforms a piece of canvas into an elegant, ruffled linen skirt using only cuts of linen, scissors and glue. Whip one up with HGTV's step-by-step instructions.
Nestled amongst snow-dusted greenery, black-and-white family photos add a sweet personal touch to this holiday-ready mantel. Below, Christmas presents look so stylish with black-and-white stripes and fun accents like pinecones and pom poms.
From the wall color to the softly hued platform bed to the well-placed modern accessories, this master bedroom is an homage to simple, elegant glamor. The straightforward design blends well with the room's strong architecture, and the soft accent colors are a great contrast to the bold gray walls.
Gift wrap offers another opportunity to incorporate unexpected holiday hues. For a well-layered approach, several different patterned papers were chosen, each with a different scale and shape. Break up the monotony of flat paper by wrapping each gift with textured ribbon.
A decorated Christmas tree and pile of wrapped gifts fill this family living room for the holidays. Bold, striped wrapping paper and decorations and bright accents are a trademark of contemporary design.