Some of our favorite designers dish out on holiday décor, regifting and more.

What are your design tips to make a home feel more cozy during the holiday season?
Now is not the time to worry about feeling collected and even a bit cluttered — clusters of meaningful and thoughtfully selected holiday décor feels warm, inviting and bountiful.

Don’t forget scent — it is the sure way to make an immediate impact on guests and to set the tone for cozy holiday events. I like more spice-forward scents in November and transition to pine in December.

When it comes to the holiday season, what is your biggest splurge?
Hosting parties and dinners with friends. ’Tis the season to catch up with friends new and old, dine on classic dishes, warm up with craft cocktails and celebrate the year’s end while setting plans for the new.

What is something you do for yourself and others, and what is truly a steal for this time of the year?
Strings of light with subject matter options have exploded over the last five years. What could be more spirited and fun-loving than gifting a string of topical holiday lights to a friend? It’s unexpected, and the callout to a favorite collectible or hobby will warm hearts. Flamingos, check! Tacos, check! Basketballs, check!

When is it okay to regift?
If it doesn’t make your heart sing and is a perfect fit for someone else you care about, green light go! Why not find a good home for a sweet item?

Please go to our gift guide and select a gift for the following people, telling why the item works:

For that friend who desperately needs a design revamp:

Arthur Boden T-Series (Blue)

Prioritizing creating a home that expresses your aesthetic is a lifestyle choice, and what better way to kick off the journey than with a signed piece of original art? You are an art collector now, a person who values the history and warmth of vintage pieces. Nothing can stop you!

For the ultra-accomplished person who has everything:

Villeroy and Boch Platano Shell Decanter

Everyone can use a sculptural decanter on their bar. Even better if they don’t yet have a bar area, because a beauty like this will inspire a display — even if it’s just a few liquor bottles clustered on a tray along with this decanter.

For the one who loves following a trend:

Pais Textil Luna Grid Pillow

Tassels are all the rage right now — on throw pillows, duvets, blankets and bigger than ever fringe clusters on area rugs. Go, fluffy frilly texture, go!

For the one who you want to impress the most:

Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket with Hinged Lid

A vintage Lucite ice bucket tied in a bow and a bottle of Veuve nestled inside, ready to pop at the party — what doesn’t impress with that combo? Fun!

Now choose items for yourself:

A little luxury under $500:

MT Objects Ceiba Bowl

A bowl. With spikes! Simple and va-va-voom, all in one.

A piece of décor/art that makes you smile:

Ben Shahn Supermarket

I avoid grocery shopping at all costs, but this bright delicate bit of grocery art whimsy made me yearn for a late-night shopping spree…even if just for a moment. Subject, size and bright colors make for the perfect addition above a breakfast table.

Something that screams “I’m a designer”: 

Tiffany & Co Star Charm Bracelet

Classic Tiffany’s branding with a glam twist: diamond twinkle star charms as an eternal reminder that you’re out of this world!

What are your design tips to make a home feel more cozy during the holiday season?
I like to add in more texture with chunky knits, faux fur and velvet. Also, ample candlelight and fresh greenery in vases around the house.

When it comes to the holiday season, what is your biggest splurge (something you do for yourself or others), and what is truly a steal for this time of the year?
My husband and I started a new tradition last year of taking a Friday off and getting a sitter, and spending the day shopping for our families, and then spending the night in Boston at a great hotel and relaxing a bit before the craziness of the holidays really begins. Something less indulgent I like to do is donate to charities I really believe in, and I make sure that I give back during this time of year.

When is it okay to regift?
If it’s something really fabulous that just isn’t YOU, but you know it’s totally someone else’s cup of tea.

Please go to our gift guide and select a gift to the following people, telling why the item works:

For that friend who desperately needs a design revamp:

Jill Moser, Ellipses

Abstract art always helps inject some life into dowdy décor — no matter the style!

For the ultra-accomplished person who has everything:

Japanese Seto Foliate Planter

I’d fill this planter with a gorgeous plant and gift it.

For the one who loves following a trend:

European Portrait of a Gentleman

You’ll see LOTS of antique portraits in designer homes lately, both modern and traditional, so this lovely one would be great for someone who reads lots of design magazines.

For the one who you want to impress the most:

Cartier Gold and Diamond Trinity Ring

If diamonds from Cartier doesn’t impress, what will?

Now choose items for yourself:

A little luxury under $500:

Scalamandre Giardino Paradisio Lampas Bolster Pillow

This is a gorgeous little pillow.

A piece of décor/art that makes you smile:

Ruth Heath Man on Horse

I love the unexpected and unique nature of this sculptural piece.

Something that screams “I’m a designer”:

Renaissance Style Bulbous Candle Holders

Adding something a little kooky and unexpected to a space, especially something vintage, is a total designer move.

What are your design tips to make a home feel more cozy during the holiday season?
If you are fortunate enough to have a wood-burning fireplace, nothing feels as warm and inviting as a fire. Paired with lots of colorful cashmere throws to cozy up by the fireside. I also love to bake, and the smell of freshly baked cookies around the holidays is signature to me, really feeling the holiday spirit. Last but not least: I recently became obsessed with homemade hot chocolate, not the store-bought boxed version but the good old-fashioned homemade kind.  Learn how to make it — it is easy and so satisfying, your guests will thank you for it.

When it comes to the holiday season, what is your biggest splurge (something you do for yourself or others), and what is truly a steal for this time of the year?
This year I splurged on a gift for my mother — the Hermès Epsom Bean Wallet in Blue Aztec. I like wallets in colors other than black because you can see them very quickly in your bag. And Mom’s favorite color happens to be blue!

As far as steals are concerned, my go-to is The Real Real. They have everything for everyone at amazing prices. You can get anything from a Rolex to a Birkin bag to my go-to Jimmy Choo ballet flats.

When is it okay to regift?
I think it is okay to regift when you receive something that you already own. If you already have it and know someone who would appreciate the gift, then it is okay to pay it forward to that person.

Please go to our gift guide and select a gift to the following people, telling why the item works:

For that friend who desperately needs a design revamp:

Richard Woods Remnant Number 1, Around The Fireplace, Remnant Number 4, Under The Sink, Remnant Number 3, Under The Sink, Remnant Number 2, Under The Back Stairs

Anyone in need of a design revamp can quickly achieve a new look with paint or by reupholstering their furniture in new fabric. Even easier and quicker is adding new artwork which can breathe life into a space. I love the various Richard Woods series. Hanging four of these colorful woodcut prints would most certainly uplift any space.

For the ultra-accomplished person who has everything:

Tiffany & Co Turquoise, Sapphire, Diamond And Ruby Bracelet

For a woman, it would have to be jewelry. The Tiffany & Co turquoise, sapphire and diamond bracelet just screams decadence. I am also slightly obsessed with anything rose gold.

Georgian Letter Box, Mid-Century Modern Pan American World Airways Globe, European Portrait of a Gentleman

For a man, I always think it is practical to select something that works for a library or his study. The Georgian letterbox, mid-century modern globe or Portrait of a Gentleman are perfect options.

For the one who loves following a trend:

George Nelson Star Clock

For the trend follower, I love George Nelson’s iconic Star Clock. It is perfect for any interior and will never go out of style.

For the one who you want to impress the most:

Van Cleef & Arpels Wood and Gold Bangle Bracelet and Richard Meier Fruit Bowl

For the woman most impressed by jewelry, it would have to be the Van Cleef and Arpels Wood and Gold bangle bracelet. It is so chic and can go with anything. For the home, you cannot go wrong with the Richard Meier silver fruit bowl. It is incredibly elegant, filled with something or nothing at all.

Now choose items for yourself:

A little luxury under $500:

Serge Hamad Beach (4)

I love the Serge Hamad beach series, especially number 4. Such whimsy.

A piece of décor/art that makes you smile:

Andrew Rae Stack Of Gear, Andrew Rae Moon Heads, Todd Eberle Rek-o-kut “Rondine” Turntable (Circa 1958), San Francisco, California

Andrew Rae’s Stack of Gear or Moon Heads immediately make me smile; they are so visceral! But, I am also in love with Todd Eberle’s Turntable. I am a huge music person, and this is just so old-school.

Something that screams “I’m a designer”:


Art always makes a huge impact. And nothing says I’m a designer like Rebekka Gudleifsdottir’s Bubble Bath or Icelandic Barbie. Both have such punch and personality and they scream “look at me!”

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