7 Holiday Decorating Tips From Celebrity Designer Scot Meacham Wood
We're excited to announce the launch of our partnership with our newest Celebrity Designer Scot Meacham Wood and welcome him to the Decorist family. With his eponymous San Francisco design firm and luxury lifestyle line of fabrics, furnishing and home accessories, Scot creates thoughtful, collected and whimsical interiors that strike a perfect balance between classic and modern décor. As you may know, or will quickly learn, Scot, who was formerly a designer with Ralph Lauren, is all about TARTAN—and plaid is one of the hottest trends in fashion and home décor this season. His own San Francisco home filled the pages of the most recent issue of Traditional Home, giving readers a taste of his European aesthetic mixed with a fun dash of Southern hospitality. Scot's popular design blog, The Adventures of Tartanscot, has earned him a seat in online conversations and the exclusive opportunity as a weekly contributing writer for House Beautiful online as well as Dering Hall.
We feel incredibly lucky to have Scot as part of this exclusive troupe of celebrity designers who offer their experience and knowledge in designing spaces that are unique to you and work within everyday styles and budgets. With the holiday season quickly approaching—and plaid very much in vogue—we asked Scot to take over our blog today to share some of his favorite holiday decorating tips.
1. Mix and Match
A holiday table should be layered for a sophisticated feel. Try dressing your table with a healthy mix of pieces such as antique china, stag-handled flatware and a tartan tablecloth.
2. Faux and Fresh
For greenery that will last, I buy faux wreaths and weave in fresh accents. Fresh magnolia leaves, Douglas and Noble fir branches, oranges, green apples, and pinecones add nice contrast and color.
3. Home Away From Home
Adding thoughtful holiday touches to your guest room will make guests feel right at home. Hanging fresh wreaths in the windows can make all the difference.
4. Atmosphere is Everything
Whether an intimate gathering or a bustling holiday party, events are always better by candlelight. Turn off overhead lighting and strike a match (or many) for a soothing yet elegant atmosphere.
5. Hang Stockings with Care
Decorate your mantle with greenery and whimsical accessories. If you don’t have a mantle to hang your stockings on, you can improvise with an unexpected space such as a bookcase or chest.
6. Cozy Up
7. New Year, New Interiors
Welcoming a New Year not only means making resolutions, but also a new look for your home. Vow to keep your space looking fabulous by kicking off the year with new décor. Browse local estate sales, antique shops or online resources for one-of-a-kind pieces that add character.
Thank you, Scot for your fun and festive holiday decorating tips!
With all these great ideas to get your home ready for the holidays, we hope you're feeling inspired. And what this means for YOU is the ability to work with exceptional design talent at "within reach" prices. So, if you've always wanted to work with a high-end interior designer and get your home ready for your guests this holiday season, book a Decorist project today! And be the FIRST to receive a personal design from Scot Meacham Wood himself—for a flat fee, within your budget, all online. Now THAT's something to cheer about.