Christmas decorations can really liven up a home, but add one string of lights or strand of tinsel too many, and it can easily cross the line to tacky. Worried you might overdo it? Then look for guidance from a new book, "Christmas by Design," where the nation's top designers reveal how to make your holiday decor look tasteful without going over the top.
The co-authors, interior designer Patricia Hart McMillan and her daughterKatharine Kaye McMillan—who also wrote "Home Decorating for Dummies"—are no strangers to translating high-falutin' home decor ideas for the masses. And the proof is in the pages of their latest guide, which is packed with both current and classic ideas for dressing up staircases, mantels, trees, tables, doors, and more.
So if you're eager to create a gorgeous holiday wonderland that won't look like a snow globe threw up in your house, take a look at some of these great designer-approved ideas below.
By Lisa Johnson Mandell
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