Holly and Jolly decorating: 4 holiday decorating tips from Four Chairs and Osmond Designs

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Local interior designers know that decking the halls with boughs of holly can bring joy and excitement — or dread and resentment. So read on for advice from two of Utah County’s interior designers. They share their top tips to simplifying the decorating process and helping the magic of Christmas flourish in any room garnished with garland.

Adore the décor

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Osmond Designs

Even if ornaments break, light strands don’t switch on and the dog knocks the tree over, enjoy the process. “With so much to do, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with decorating,” says Heather Osmond, owner of Osmond Designs in Orem and Lehi. “So my advice is, ‘Don’t endure Christmas, enjoy Christmas!’ Believe you can do it, and you will.”

Lights, ornaments, action

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Organizing the decorating process can yield a beautifully balanced tree. “After setting up the tree and hanging the lights, place the large scale ornaments first,” Heather says. “Then fill in the rest of the tree with smaller scale bulbs and trinkets.”

All neutral

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Who says Christmas has to be exclusively red and green, or silver and gold? Lindy Allen, owner of Four Chairs Furniture in Lindon, says neutral and natural tones add subtle hints of Christmas without overwhelming the room. “We love using blues, metals and natural materials when decorating for the holidays,” Lindy says.

Tend to trend

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There’s more to a Christmas theme than colors. Ornament styles and textures play in, too. “One of our favorite trends for Christmas this year is a natural color palette with woodland animal ornaments, aspen branches and mercury glass décor,” Lindy says.

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Alisha swapped plains for peaks when she moved to Utah from her Kansas hometown. After graduating from BYU and traveling around China with her husband, Shane, they put down roots in Utah Valley, where Alisha first fell in love with yoga, learned to ski and discovered fry sauce. Alisha is an associate editor, writing for Utah Valley Magazine and UtahValley360.com. Follow her on Twitter @alishagallag.

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