The holidays are upon us and when it’s time to decorate, I love to spread the joy throughout the home. There are many beautiful options with the Big Lots Rustic Cottage Collection to help us keep the theme consistent, while capturing the spirit of the season.

When decorating for the holidays, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • The tree is an important focal point, but you can use the same ornaments to decorate other areas of your home. Place a few extras on a decorative tray in the living room, along the length of the table as part of your centerpiece in the dining room, and even on the bookshelves in the entryway
  • Color schemes are the easiest way to tie together each room – it all depends on the style you are using as your inspiration. I love the traditional look of red, gold and green. It’s classic and will give any space a festive pop of color
  • Make the dining room the perfect setting for entertaining! Add layers with a beautiful table cloth and runner – and create a centerpiece by using candle lanterns in different finishes and heights along with whimsical accessories that reflect the rustic cottage look
  • Even the gifts underneath the tree can become part of the décor by choosing wrapping paper that complements the color scheme. All those gifts under the tree will certainly add to the holiday spirit!

When it’s time to pack up the decorations for next year, take the time to protect and organize your ornaments and holiday décor by putting them back in their original packaging and placing them in clear storage bins, which allow you to see what’s inside. It will make things much easier next season.

Happy decorating!

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