Adding Hints of Cheer Around the House

Adding Hints of Cheer Around the House

Adding Hints of Cheer Around the House


Orlando's home (aka Orcondo)


The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear... And listening to West Coast Creative Director Orlando's Homepolish holiday decorating tips.

Photos by Tessa Neustadt.

Are you curious how to add holiday sparkle all over your house without looking like a crazy person? No? Well, I’ll tell you anyway. In my years as an interior designer, I’ve learned there are different kinds of people. There are people who hate all holiday decor and don’t even want a Christmas tree. And you know what, I get it. I can understand the haters. Hating Christmas is fun and I encourage you to do it if that’s your thing. You go.

But for those who like putting holiday decorations throughout the house, I have a few tips. Mainly, use restraint. You don’t need a full-size Christmas tree in every room. Or a giant pom-pom tree for that matter. Unless you’re really rich and you have to make sure everyone knows how rich you are. In which case, again, you go. But for the rest of us non-rich people, the thing to remember is that you can add a bit of holiday cheer to a room with one or two simple accessories, like a lovely scented candle or a subtle little snow globe.

This year, because I was hosting my first-ever holiday party (which also served as a housewarming for Orcondo), I went a little overboard with holiday decor, making sure to add a  little hint to every room in the apartment. I did this so drunk people at my party wouldn’t forget they were at a holiday party. (After all, a well-communicated theme is key to any successful party.) The following is a showcase of the little hints of holiday cheer I scattered around my place, along with some tips on how to decorate your home for the holidays. BTW, there are gingerbread doves in the slideshow, and I KNOW you want to see those.

In this tour:
Living Room