Chicago Parent December 2018

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Tips from Chicago influencers (and moms!) on styling your home for the season BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER


hether you go all out like Clark Griswold and deck your home from top to bottom, or prefer a more subtle holiday decor, the spirit of the season is most often felt right inside your home. As you prepare to decorate your house for the holidays, we consulted some of Chicago’s most popular bloggers and social media influencers for their own personal decorating tips and styling advice to create a festive feel at home.


Stick to a theme! In our case, it’s Eiffel Tower ornaments and ornaments from around the world. I’m a huge Francophile, so we collect Eiffel Tower ornaments to decorate the tree and even have an Eiffel Tower tree topper. Also we travel fairly often and try to buy ornaments from the places we’ve been to. It’s fun to talk about where some of the ornaments are from and what we remember from our trip there. Also, showcase your collection if you have one. I’ve collected nutcrackers throughout the years. We display the nutcrackers on our mantle and some key places around the house. Lighting is key. We have string lights and garlands with lights and hang them around the inside of the house, particularly the mantle and windows. The lighting makes the house look and feel festive in the evenings like you’re under the stars. Leyla Tran @secondcitymom

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