Holiday Decorating Ideas from the Experts

Originally Published on December 10, 2021. Last Updated on February 17, 2023.

‘Tis the season for style! We caught up with leading design experts and influencers to see how they were styling their outdoor spaces this festive season with plenty of tips and tricks to inspire your own holiday decorating.

Picture Perfect Front Porch

“I absolutely love decorating my front porch all year round, but the holidays are extra magical,” says leading Atlanta-based designer Ashley Dixon. “The porch is the first impression of your home. I hope mine says we love Christmas time here. My staple is layered rugs and seasonal wreaths and planters. For interest, I love to have something big and bold out for the holidays. Meet the nutcrackers flanking both columns to the porch.”

nutcracker wreath christmas decor on front porch
Photo by Ashley Dixon

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Follow Ashley on Instagram at @alexanderreneedesign

The Coziest Covered Porch

“When decorating for the holidays, I don’t stop with the inside,” says the talented Seattle-based designer Taryn Whiteaker. “I love having this covered porch off our kitchen. It’s the perfect place to make extra cozy for the holidays. Even though it’s chilly and often raining or snowing, I make this space feel extra warm with lots of festive pillows and blankets and tons of trees! It feels like a mini mountain retreat in our backyard.”

outdoor lounge furniture with christmas decorations
Photo by Taryn Whiteaker

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outdoor christmas decorations with lounge furniture
Follow Taryn on Instagram at @tarynwhiteaker_designs

Artfully Decorated Architecture 

“When deciding how to decorate your home outside I always recommend highlighting the architectural features first,” says nationally recognized interior designer Meg Caswell.

entry door and balcony christmas decor with wreaths and ribbons
Photo by Meg Caswell

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Follow Meg on Instagram at @megcaswellstyle and visit the Camp Caswell page on our website

Fine & Festive Dining

“I wanted to create an intimate and cozy atmosphere for our outdoor dining area. I started with a simple pine garland and added some eucalyptus and red berries. I love the glow and ambiance of candlelight for any table setting, so I added tapers in different heights, which added a cheerful touch,” says Karen Ray, savvy DIY and home decor influencer.

outdoor dining set christmas decorations with garland
Photo by Karen Ray

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christmas dining decorations for outdoor dining set with candles and garland
Follow Karen on Instagram at @ourblissfulcottage

A Front Door to Adore

“I love the timeless and classic look of greenery, so I used both fresh and artificial evergreen to create an elegant holiday entrance,” says Sara Davis, popular Indiana-based interior design blogger and influencer. “I love potted arborvitae because they’re easy to maintain and stay green all year long. The urns are filled with fresh evergreens and a few pinecones while the wreath and garlands are faux greenery that have white lights wrapped around them to create a magical night glow. I added a few red berries throughout to add a little color, and the lanterns hold flameless candles that help complete the welcoming look.”

Photo by Sara Davis

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live christmas trees outdoor decoations garlands and wreath
Follow Sara on Instagram at @sincerelysarad

How have you decorated your outdoor space for the holidays? We want to see!

Spread the holiday cheer and share your photos with the hashtag #loveyouroutdoors.

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