When thinking about the holidays, most people tend to focus on the small things, such as accessories and décor. But what people often forget about until the last minute are the big pieces. At this point, you have enough time to ask yourself if the dining room table is big enough for your whole family, if your couch is comfortable for guests and if your coffee table is perfect for holding all of your holiday decorations. “With the holiday season approaching now is the time to get your home ready for entertaining! A few key updates can easily up your ‘style-game’ without breaking your budget,” Kristen Holscher at TWO for Home tells us. Avoid the last-minute scramble of holiday entertaining by upgrading your larger furniture pieces now, and save yourself time in December for decorating your tree. Here we have selected six items that we think will make your home look spectacular come holiday season.
A Set of Chairs
The holidays are made for entertaining. For events large and small, create comfortable corners in which your guests can relax and enjoy conversation. “A set of chairs would be perfect for any conversational area in your home: large bedroom, fireplace area or keeping room, just to name a few,” Kristen tells us. We adore a beautiful warm tone and rich texture that will carry you from fall to winter, but won’t look out-of-place come spring and summer. Consider separating the chairs with a small table on which guests can rest their cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Brighten up every dark corner of your home with eye-catching table lamps. “These lamps offer a stunning mix of traditional with a modern twist in the acrylic base,” Kristen says of the lamps. “These make me so, so happy. They are on trend — a big look that won’t break the bank!” Your guests are sure to appreciate the warm glow these lamps will bring to any space.
“A new coffee table will refresh any living room,” Kristen assures us. “Breath air into the space with the lighter hues and simple chrome lines.” This coffee table fits the bill for just that. Bring this table into a space and top it with your favorite holiday accessories. We can imagine how lovely an arrangement of pumpkins or carolers would look. Don’t forget to stock up on coasters as this table makes the perfect resting place for spiced rum and eggnog.
Accessories for a Vignette
While you want to leave room for your holiday decor, it is the year-round pieces that make a house feel like home. “Pick up smaller items for an easy room makeover,” Kristen suggests. “Handmade parchment-bound and leather books give you a designer touch, and each is one-of-a-kind. Marble coasters, bone frames and magnifying glasses can be used to add finishing touches to your bookshelves, coffee tables and entry tables. It’s all about the details!”
A Sofa With Room For Everyone
For family gatherings, there are few things more important than a comfortable sofa, one that can fit the whole family during movie night and can handle the coming and going of guests during a party. “If your living room needs a fluff, this is a great sofa to bring your space up to date for entertaining. The beautiful lines and neutral fabric give it a simple, casual vibe, or it can be easily ‘dressed up’ for a more formal living space. Pillows are easily changed out to set tones of the season and allow you to pop colors that are on trend.”
“The dining room/kitchen spaces are certainly the social hub of your home during the holidays,” Kristen reminds us. “The structure of a trestle table simplifies the space and is a blank canvas for tablescapes that will be a focal point in your home. The chairs and benches are easily interchanged and create a unique look that expresses your individual style.” So whether you plan to host Thanksgiving dinner for 10 or Christmas breakfast for five, investing in a table is something you won’t regret.
Make your list for holiday entertaining essentials — and check it twice!