More than anything, the holidays are about spending time with the people we love – coming together to celebrate is what makes this time of year so magical. 

At the center of the celebrations is home, a place to gather and make memories. Whether that’s watching holiday movies on the sofa, entertaining friends around the table or enjoying a cozy breakfast in bed, it’s true that there’s no place like home for the holidays.

Below, the IDG team discusses what “feels like home” for them and ways to create a welcoming sanctuary this season and beyond.

Striped Alpaca Throw

Prioritize comfort

For IDG Junior Interior Designer Nicole Brown, home is all about comfort.

“Invest in items that help create a relaxing and cozy atmosphere, such as comfy throw pillows, soft blankets and relaxing scents.

“Smell can instantly change your mood, and a holiday-themed candle is a sure-fire way to get into the spirit. I also love to surround myself with photos of friends and family, especially when you can’t have everyone in one place. 

“So bring out your coziest throws and pillows, light your pine- and spice-scented candles and surround yourself with memories of the people you love. Creating a comfortable environment will help you relax into the holidays.”

Holiday Must-Have: Striped Alpaca Throw

Colocasia Leaf

Incorporate Greenery

IDG Interior Designer Andrea Keuler is a big proponent of greenery at home. 

“Plants and florals add so much life to a space, and I especially love being surrounded by them during the holidays. 

“A Christmas tree is an obvious choice, but I also like to incorporate other greenery. Little potted plants can help bring pops of color into your home and freshen up each room. 

“For this season, I always recommend investing in faux florals and greenery. You won’t have to stress about watering and pruning during the busyness of the holidays, and if you’re stuck for gift ideas, they’re a great option. Plants are a holiday staple no matter what.”

Holiday Must-Have: Colocasia Leaf

Clay Classic Modular Sectional Sofa

Create Space to Gather

For IDG Operations Coordinator Minette McCoy, the holidays are defined by friends and family coming together.

“When I think about the holidays, I think of a home filled with people I love. That’s why a sectional sofa with room for everyone is ideal for the holiday season.

“The living room is the heart of the home, especially at this time of year. It’s where we play board games, watch holiday movies and exchange gifts. It’s where we laugh with friends, cuddle our fur babies and curl up with a book. 

“Having a large, comfortable sofa where people can relax together is a huge part of making a house feel like a home.”

Holiday Must-Have: Clay Classic Modular Sectional Sofa

Adrift Coco Wall Decor

Choose Art and Accessories That Spark Memories

People and memories are what make a home, and IDG Interior Designer Rhon Royer believes decor has a way of pulling that together. 

“Maybe you have a sculpture that reminds you of your travels or a painting that tells a story of where you live. By surrounding yourself with items that remind you of happy memories and places, you’re creating a space that reflects your life and the people in it. 

“When you have family and friends over for the holidays, it’s nice to be able to point them toward items in your home that hold this kind of significance. Home accessories and artworks can be great conversation starters.”

Holiday Must-Have: Adrift Coco Wall Decor

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Looking for more ways to create a space that “feels like home” this holiday season? Book a complimentary consultation with IDG’s award-winning team or find inspiration in store at our 7 Mile Shops location. 

This sectional is not only large and comfortable but it’s also crafted from a stain-resistant fabric that makes it easy to clean up holiday messes.

USD $10,488.66

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This striking Colocasia Leaf makes a statement and will add a beautiful pop of greenery to your home, with zero upkeep required. 

USD $381.92

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Curl up in this soft and silky throw made from the finest alpaca wool while relaxing with a book, drink or watching your favorite holiday films. 

USD $532.80

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This classic tic-tac-toe set with a chic twist is an elegant coffee table game that will keep guests entertained over long evenings. 

USD $930.00

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Ultra-soft and oversized, this gentle grey knit-fabric cushion is perfect for cuddling up with or resting on over the holidays. 

USD $118.43

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No fir tree? No problem. This candle will evoke the scent of a real tree with its fir, balsam and warm amber notes.

USD $39.04

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