The holiday entertaining season is almost here! It’s time for you – and your dining room – to get prepared. We asked Laura Wilson, our Philadelphia store’s Home Stylist, to share some decorating tips and tricks for this season and beyond.

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My favorite trick is using incandescent bulbs – since they emit a mixture of both heat and light, the effect creates a softer, more natural glow. It works every time!

Add a rug with a geometric pattern to any industrial space, and you layer-in an exciting visual dimension that contrasts particularly well with solid, cool surfaces.

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Using natural decorative accents – like this tree branch – is an easy way to add a seasonal touch to your home. Hanging some Mercury Glass Ornaments would be a great way to transition this space into an even more festive holiday atmosphere.

Nothing complements golds and bronzes like deep winter blues.

home stylist dining room tips

Mirrored elements instantly elevate a dining room. Here you can see how they create a cohesive design, and glam-up the understated Parsons Dining Table and Crest Bentwood Chairs.

Seasonal decorating is all in the details. Touches like white feathers in a vase and a row of poinsettias on the mantle create a warm, natural feel in the dead of winter.

Painting your fireplace a shade darker than the rest of the room adds a welcome visual layer to any space, and allows your mantle accessories to pop.

Want more design advice and help decorating your home? Ask about our FREE Home Stylist program at your local west elm store!

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October 18, 2013

Very cute tips! feeling festive already

Michelle Clark

October 21, 2013

Excellent! MC


October 22, 2013

I love it! Makes me want to update my space right now.

Jo Powers

October 24, 2013

I think this woman knows her stuff. What great ideas. Anyone can incorporate these suggestion into their own homes. Thank you.

Sue Glatfelter

October 30, 2013

I think your ideas are awesome !


November 26, 2013

I was visiting Philly this weekend and must have walked by your store 10-20 times – the windows look incredible!! I came back home to Florida and told my husband that we MUST do our living room just like those windows!
He said “Did you take pictures?”
I said, “No….”

How fortunate that we are going through the website & I find That store’s Home Stylist, Laura…will you please take pictures of the living rooms you staged in the store?

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