It’s always fun to take in how your friends and family decorate. But come holiday season, it’s a whole new level: what’s their tree like? Do they overhaul the mantel or just add seasonal accents? Are they team white lights or do they favor colorful bulbs?
The excitement led us to poll #TeamNate on how they’ll be decking the halls this year. And the resulting photos will have you feeling cozy, cheerful, and ready to get to work on your holiday update if you haven’t already.
First up is Art Director Meredith Smerchek, sharing a peek at her tablescape. “I love all the shapes and textures of winter greens, so I like to let them be the star of the show when it comes to the holiday table,” she says. “Accented with metallic and linens, they’re the perfect backdrop for a great night!”
Meanwhile, co-Design Director Lauren Buxbaum Gordon brilliantly coordinates her inside lights with the ones outside. “I love coming home to the sight of twinkling lights matched by an equally beautiful city view. Nothing beats the holiday glow,” she says. (We couldn’t agree more.)
Nate Berkus Studio designer Gabby Exner opts to deck the gifts to further spread the cheer. “I won’t be hosting this holiday so I’ve turned my focus to gift wrap – nice looking gifts act as festive decor wherever they end up! I like to keep white paper on hand (great for any occasion!), and from there it’s just ribbon, a few sprigs of something wintery from a local florist, and finally, a doodle with gold metallic marker. Voila!”
Creative Director Tara Shade loves keeping her home’s exterior just as lovely to look at. “My favorite holiday moment is not in my home, but outside of it. The first piece of decor to go up is a pine wreath on the front door,” she says. “I love one that’s clean and classic, and plays well with the greenery we add to our window boxes each year.
And Director of Project Management Alison Wilcox can’t resist a well-loved tradition. “I love old school hand-painted glass ornaments – and they are so hard to find these days,” she tells us. “We picked up this one on a family vacation at Glacier National Park. We stopped in a trading company store where everything was painstakingly handmade and beautiful. This ornament is painted on the inside of the glass ball. As a modern family, we look to create new memories and traditions – and picking out ornaments for the tree on all of our family trips has become one of the best.”
For more holiday decor advice, head over to Nate’s Instagram.