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Interior designer Emily Ruddo's foyer console area decorated for the holidays! (above)

Today, I have a little treat for you...some holiday decorating tips in a GUEST POST from L.A. based interior designer Emily Ruddo of Armonia Decors!  Such useful tips on how to make your foyer look a little more festive for the holidays.  I like a nicely decorated entry...sets the tone for the rest of the house during the holidays.  Nothing too over the top but something that says it is the holiday season.

In case you are little behind on your decorating (like me) and just want to know what to do...I'll move things along a little.  No verbal meandering from me today...I'll get straight to it...a makeover, before and after and some useful tips in this GUEST POST from Emily!


Decking the halls for the holidays can be a daunting process for many, so I am serving up quick and easy festive tips for converting your entryway for the holiday season with minimal effort and cost

Here's a look at my holiday entryway conversion!

Emily's Holiday Styling How To's:

1. Shop from your own home. Pull out all of your general and holiday decor items and lay them out on your dining table to find new and inventive ways of combining what you already own.

2. Purchase simple greenery from your local flower mart and place them in a unique vase. Forgo the usual round wreath for a more modern square one or a door swag. I love using boxwood or magnolia leaves for less mess. A scented candle will give you the merry scent you need.

3. Place your favorite ornaments in a mercury or glass bowl or tie them to your wreath for added sparkle. If you want to update your ornament color combo, just paint or glitter them for a fresh look.

You can see more of my holiday how to's in the latest Toujours Magazine starting on page 42. Enjoy the behind the scenes details from the Toujours Holiday Decorating Guide photo shoot all this week on my blog. Photographer and Co-FounderMeghan Beierle-O'Brien and I had a blast shooting it, especially when Coco dropped in for all the fun :). Hope you get some joyful inspirations for your home!

Happy Holidays!



Thank you Emily for the fabulous guest post.  Thank you Meghan for the beautiful photos!  This all makes decorating for the season seem a little less stressful!

What do you think of Emily's entry hall holiday makeover?  Anything that is a must have in your holiday decor?  Readers, any easy holiday decorating tips you want to share?  Please do!

I'm so behind on holiday decorating...this post is inspiring...I've got to hop to it!

Happy Wednesday!


P.S.  Did you notice the Nbaynadamas Loop pillow on the fuschia ikat chair behind Emily?  Looks so perfect in her coastal chic living room!

P.P.S. I've been invited to a gala event tonight without a guest! I think it is strange to go to a big party without a guest...I also think it is strange to be invited without a guest...hmmm... Would you go to a big holiday gala by your self (this is not a party at someone's home...this is a big event type of event)? Would you ever invite someone to a party without allowing them to bring a guest? I'm leaning towards sitting this one out...discussing with some team members this morning...will let you know what I decide! Hmmm...would love to hear your thoughts on this little holiday party dilemma.

Photos: Meghan Beierle-O'Brien
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Write by: AN - Wednesday, December 7, 2011


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