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by Tina Haupert

Tina Haupert blogs at Carrots 'N' Cake, a healthy living and lifestyle blog where she shares her passion for health, food, and fitness. She is also a published author, freelance writer for Health.com, and an ambassador for various brands, including The Laughing Cow, Silk, and Reebok.

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  • I'm just starting to get my feet wet with holiday decorating. My husband and I only recently moved into our new house, so our holiday decorating style is slowly but surely coming together.

    Of course, when it comes to this time of year, the idea of "less is more" with regard to decorating just does not apply. A home fully decked out in holiday décor—lights, garland, sparkle—is definitely something that I strive for, but it's not something that I want to stress about either, so I keep decorating fun with a number of easy tips and tricks. Clockwise from top left:

    1. Pick one style for your holiday decorating. Having one common theme in your décor makes shopping for decorations much easier. For example, if you're going for a rustic look, you probably don't want to buy a sparkly candleholder. Having one style in mind helps focus your décor choices. Sticking to one style also makes your home look and feel more relaxed since the décor goes together nicely.
    2. Keep your color palette consistent. Choose two to three colors for your holiday palette. If you select any more than that, the colors can be too distracting and not aesthetically pleasing. I went with red, green, and silver for our home, but there are plenty of other attractive combinations. I also love blue, silver, and white and green, white, and gold.
    3. Play up the scents of the season. I love walking into a home and immediately knowing it's the holiday season just by what I smell. Cinnamon, peppermint, apple cider, evergreen (fir and balsam), and gingerbread are go-to fragrances this time of year. Scented candles are one way to achieve this. I place them all over our home, so it always smells like the holidays.
    4. Use decorations from nature. Pinecones and fresh greens are simple and festive additions to holiday decorating. They smell wonderful and cost nothing—just walk outside and gather up what you need! They also add a natural touch to just about any decorating style. 
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