Interior designer-approved holiday décor tips to spruce up any home |

Interior designer-approved holiday décor tips to spruce up any home

Find out new ways to spruce up the home for the holidays this season with tips from local interior designers. (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Tackle the tinsel and trimmings with style this holiday season with this tips and tricks of the trade offered by some of Steamboat Springs’ design and décor experts.

Subtle simplicity

“Keep it simple, don’t plan something so elaborate that it’s impossible for you to get it done — remember you have to take it down after the new year.” — Bruce Caplowe, co-owner of Rumor Design + redesign

Christmas tree alternatives

“Pop fresh baby’s breath into your tree to achieve the popular look of flocking without the toxic chemicals.” — Valerie Stafford, co-owner and interior designer, Rumor Design + redesign

“Drape your ribbon vertically on the tree, versus wrapping around to save time and materials on the back end of the tree where nobody can see it anyway.” — Lindsey Jamison, lead designer, Rumor Design + redesign

Set the holiday tone

“Fresh garland on the mantle is a great focal point. A few traditional aspects in moderation is a great way to start your holiday decorating.” — Stafford

“Ask around for fresh fir trimmings at the Christmas tree lot to create a natural table runner or small arrangements around the house that will smell and look great.” — Cassie Crooke, studio manager, Rumor Design + redesign

“Wreaths on the exterior windows are a classic touch, like out of a Christmas movie.” — Katie Burnet, interior and technical designer, Rumor Design + redesign

“I love simple greenery. With wreaths, those can sit as a centerpiece with flowers tucked into the middle to give that fresh feel of the green. Or you can hang wreaths with bows inside the house.” — Kim Ladehoff, owner of Into The West

Lighting advice

“Lights always add that Christmas sparkle for me. Battery-operated LED lights are a great option that can be added to vases, a class urn or a hurricane (a large glass cylinder jar). You can tuck in a clump of those lights and put them around the house filling those spaces on book selves and coffee tables. Greenery, lights and candles always add a nice touch.” — Ladehoff

“I feel like lights work harder in Steamboat than most places.  Many lights stay up for most of ski season, and during that time, they may see temps in the 60s or well below zero. Make sure to use outdoor extension cords and that electrical connections are nice and tight and out of low spots where water can puddle causing problems. How and where you install the lighting is equally as important, so make sure to consider where snow is plowed, where ice dams form, where metal roofs shed their snow etc.” — Dustin Lindahl, owner of Steamboat Lightscapes

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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