Decking The Halls with Sarah Hart

November 6, 2017

Now that it’s November, we’re wondering: “When is the absolute soonest we can start decorating for the holidays?”

Sarah Hart, of Home Is Where the Hart Is, understands this conundrum perfectly. “I have a hard time waiting to decorate the house,” she says from the porch of the New Jersey farmhouse she shares with her husband and quartet of sons. “It’s become a family tradition to spend the night after Thanksgiving in the living room, each of us taking turns to hang baubles and mementos from the evergreen tree we chopped that morning.”

It’s a ritual that kicks off her home’s holiday transformation. Her charming century-old house serves as the perfect canvas for interior styling year-round, but it takes on an especially joyous spirit when the season settles in.

Ready to deck the halls? Here, Sarah shares her tips for the festive season.

Be True to You

It can be tempting to turn each room into an ornate winter wonderland, but Hart prefers to stick with her signature off-season aesthetic. “My style is pretty crisp and minimal, so I try to keep my festive look as simple as possible and work within groupings of similar colors,” she says. “You don’t have to stick to the typical palette of red and green for the season. Golds, silvers, pinks, peaches, and blues can be just as festive.”

Get the look: Instead of blinking bulbs and loads of tinsel, Sarah opts for the Pink Glass String Lights to brighten up her tree. Later, she’ll layer on her favorite ornaments like the Adorned Sloth (hey little buddy!) and the Sweet Tooth.

Reimagine Your Mantel

When it comes to your room’s most display-worthy space, think beyond the traditional garlands and holiday keepsakes. Hart redesigns her mantel each season. “It’s the ideal spot for fresh ideas,” she says. This year, she’s bringing new life to the fireplace by wrapping twinkling lights around firewood.

Get the look: No holiday mantel is complete without a row of stockings waiting to be filled. Here, the Colorful Faux Fur Stocking and Ivory Faux Fur Stockings add an extra dose of warmth.

Share the Joy

The key to establishing a welcoming, cozy mood is to spread decorations throughout each room. Hart lays festive pillows on her boys’ beds and frames her kitchen windows with shimmering tree trimmings. “No matter where you are, the little touches make it feel festive,” she says.

Get the look: For the holidays, Sarah swaps out her usual barware and glasses for deep-hued gemstone pieces that set a wintry mood. Here, the shades of the Solstice Coasters and Sankara Tumblers accent the brass Inez Cocktail Shaker beautifully.

Delight the Senses

Fill the air with crisp, wintry scents by folding fresh, seasonal elements like cedar sprigs and strung cranberries into your décor. “For me, one of the best things about the holidays is the aroma,” says Hart. Every year, she and her kids bake dried orange slices to hang throughout the house. “The scent is just beautiful,” she says.

Get the look: Welcome dinner party guests with the Gilded Botany Dinnerware Collection and Lustered Wine Glasses. Just be sure to have your guest list handy—Sarah personalized each place setting with a Budding Monogram Ornament.

Remember to Relax

Holidays can be hectic with parties to attend, cookies to bake, and gifts to buy. For Hart, the one of the best parts of the season is finding a peaceful morning moment. “Flipping on all the twinkling lights and sitting down to enjoy a cup of coffee—nothing better.”

Get the look: To make those mornings even more lovely? Cuddle up with the Fireside Faux Fur Throw and Feathered Faux Fur Throw.

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