Why This Is the Year to Go All Out With Holiday Decor

The weekend before Thanksgiving, designer Eneia White took to Instagram to unveil a video of her swathing her Queens apartment in over-the-top Christmas decor. “Since I’m not going home for Thanksgiving, I used the final leg of my vacation last week to create a holiday explosion in my apartment,” she explained in the caption. While she may physically be solo this season, White is hardly alone in her newfound attitude towards holiday decorating. In a year that has been tumultuous at best, often difficult and depressing—and at a time when we’re spending more time than ever at home—there might be no better reason to pull out all the stops for end-of-year merriment. Early decorating timelines, larger-than-life ornament displays, whole-house decorations: We’re dubbing this reinvigorated passion for holiday decor Christmaximalism—and many of our favorite creatives are in on the trend.

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8 Decorating Tips We Learned From Binge-Watching Netflix’s ‘Holiday Home Makeover With Mr. Christmas’

Holiday Home Makeover With Mr. Christmas is the feel-good Netflix binge you’re probably seeking right about now, with its heartfelt holiday message, and its smart and stylish Christmas decorating advice, courtesy of Mr. Christmas himself, interior designer Benjamin Bradley.

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The bonus? You don’t need to spend a small fortune to give your house a festive upgrade for the holiday season. In fact, you probably have most of the trimmings you need already in your kitchen or in your backyard.


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If you’re ready to start decking your halls for the holiday season (and don’t have time to watch Mr. Christmas), these are the key holiday decorating takeaways you can use.

You can never have too many pinecones

Mr. Christmas likes to go with a lot of fresh and organic materials—and pinecones are definitely his go-to. He tacks them into garlands, turns

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10 Wellness Design Tips For A Healthier Thanksgiving At Home

If you’re following CDC guidelines for Thanksgiving this year, you’re staying home and only spending the holiday with members of your household. Public health professionals say that’s a good way of reducing your risk of catching or spreading Covid-19. Here are 10 wellness design tips for celebrating Thanksgiving in your home this year.

Holiday Cleaning

Even if you’re only cooking for your own household this week, you’re probably also dealing with the extra stresses impacting everyone during the pandemic. If you have low maintenance surfaces in your home – like solid surface or quartz, for example – your cleaning chores are simpler.  

1.      If you don’t have

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andrea branzi on his origins, ideas and influential career in 3-part video interview for friedman benda’s ‘design in dialogue’

on april 1, 2020, new york gallery friedman benda initiated a series of online interviews aimed at connecting individuals across the world with leading voices in the creative field. design in dialogue is a conversational program hosted alternately by curator and historian glenn adamson and designer stephen burks that engages with designers, makers, critics, and curators as they reflect on their careers and creative processes. against the backdrop of COVID-19 and global lockdowns, the conversations are held virtually on zoom for 1 hour for anyone in the world to tune in to, and include a participatory Q&A with the audience in attendance. friedman benda has since presented more than 40 episodes, and will continue with a lineup of future guests, each offering unparalleled insight into the sensibilities, musings, and memories of today’s creative protagonists. see our recent feature of thaddeus mosley on sculpting with the spontaneity of jazz, and paul

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21 Blue Wedding Flowers for Your “Something Blue”

The age-old adage “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” is a beloved wedding tradition even to this day. No matter your wedding style or design, there is a way to incorporate a hint of blue into your big day. One of our favorites? Blue wedding flowers. “Adding tones of blue to your wedding color palette is an elegant way to create something timeless,” says floral designer Erice McNeff.

From hydrangea to hyacinth, there’s a plethora of flowers to consider if you’re opting for floral arrangements in shades of blue. “French blue is the tone most naturally found in nature, and it’s a color that will never go out of style,” shares McNeff. Hanging installations, bridesmaids’ bouquets, and even a corsage all hold endless possibilities when it comes to design direction. “It’s also a color that can lend itself to a variety of color palettes; most obviously it suits

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5 Tips for Improving Client Relationships

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This article was written by Alex Fluegel, a member of the Entrepreneur NEXT powered by Assemble content team. Entrepreneur NEXT powered by Assemble is a freelance-matching platform leading the future of work. If you’re struggling to find, vet, and hire the right freelancers for your business, Entrepreneur NEXT will help you hire the freelancers you need, exactly when you need them. From business to marketing, sales, design, finance, and technology, we have the top 3 percent of freelance experts ready to work for you.

Client relationships are like any other relationship. They require effort, time, and attention to improve and maintain their quality. When you consistently invest in relationship building, you should see a clear return, not only in the form of business growth but in how fulfilling the work is.

When you strengthen relationships with

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10 top-shelf tips for bringing out the bar cart, with a theme and pretty decor, for the holidays | Home/Garden

Cancel the caroling, disease experts say. It spews respiratory droplets into the air. And no loud music. It makes people shout and spew more droplets. No sitting on Santa’s lap. You don’t know where he’s been. You’ll have to whisper in his ear virtually this year. No parties. No traveling. No Christmas shopping outside the home. No. No. No.

So what can we do this holiday season?

We can drink! (Responsibly, safely, and at home, of course, and not necessarily alcohol.)

So far no one has said we can’t raise our glasses and toast, thank goodness, but no clinking! Touching glasses lip to lip is as bad as kissing. Can’t have that!

No wonder liquor sales are up. According to Nielsen’s market data, total alcohol sales outside of bars and restaurants have surged 24% during the pandemic.

If you’re among those planning to have an adult beverage or two this

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She’s an artist, part of the Monches tour, but her home Christmas decor is mostly about Mom

MaryAnne and Mark Roethle won’t be able to gather all their loved ones together at their home for the holidays this year due to the COVID crisis. But that doesn’t mean they won’t fill their Wauwatosa home with striking holiday decorations.

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Ina Garten’s Thanksgiving Table Setting Tips Include 1 Surprising Ingredient From the Grocery Store

Ina Garten is known for her focus on making the cooking process easy, even leaning on store-bought ingredients so cooking isn’t overly complicated. When it comes to her Thanksgiving table setting ideas, Garten also keeps it simple, finding ingredients to create a beautiful table without going overboard.

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Ina Garten sets a beautiful Thanksgiving table

Garten showed off her idea for simple Thanksgiving table decorating in a 2017 Instagram post, writing, “It’s never too early to plan your Thanksgiving table! It doesn’t have to be fancy, but at this time of year I like a little color and one pretty plate to give the setting some style.”

The video showed an autumnal colored table cloth, simple white plates topped with a decorative gold trimmed plate, silverware, and drinking and wine glasses. Garten scattered candles for a flicker of light and warmth

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Dear Annie: Some tips for rediscovering the magic of the holidays

Dear Annie: While I don’t hate holidays, nor dread them, as “Holiday Anxiety” expressed, I don’t go “all in” either. I believe in moderation, in all things, including moderation.

All my close family has gone to their rewards. None of my high school and earlier friends has time or money for more than immediate family, and my partner passed a decade ago. I’m 61 and find myself refreshingly able to control my own life.

I do miss the family traditions, the scents and the decorations; I am also now aware of the time and effort my parents and grandparents put in to create these memories, and I am grateful. And I absolutely hate Halloween decor immediately replaced by Christmas stuff. Where’s Thanksgiving?

For “Holiday Anxiety,” I suggest:

1. I make gift baskets for shelter animals and their keepers. Cat litter, dog food, paper towels and sanitizer might not seem very

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