How to Evoke the Senses, Creating a Warm + Cozy Holiday Home
We hear from many of our clients and friends that decorating their home for the holidays is one of their favorite family traditions. Why you might ask… Well, because it’s the perfect way to get you and your family in a festive holiday mood together. The goal and hope is that your guests feel the love from the moment they walk through the door. It’s surprisingly quite easy… Just like you check off your Christmas list, check off each of the five senses to pull in your guests: smell, sight, taste, touch and sounds
See the Christmas Spirit
Start with the front porch and entryway–hang a wreath full of holly and berries on the front door, with a holiday-themed mat. As they walk through the front door, keep your guests’ eyes moving with some garland draped atop the door or on your staircase. If you have an entry table, consider adorning it with candles, lighted to set the mood and accent with seasonal faux foliage, like more holly, ivy and berries. Continue your theme throughout the house, with a tree in the family room, Christmas-colored pillows and throws on the couch, holiday dishes on the dining table and a coordinating centerpiece in the center of the table to tie everything together.
Smell the Holiday Cheer
It’s not Christmas without the smell of cranberry mixed with cinnamon, gingerbread or sugar cookies in the air. Prefer more of the natural, outdoor scents, such as pine, spruce, and fir? Head in to see us for offers on beautiful scented candles, flameless candles and wax melts perfect for the holidays. If you’re a fan of the real thing, get a batch of your favorite Christmas cookies or bread loaf baking in the oven. These home-y, seasonal smells are sure to make your guests feel cozy and put them at ease.
Taste the Flavors of the Holiday
And, of course, we can’t forget about one of the most tasty parts of the season…food! Each family has their favorite recipes–from turkey, dressing and all the fixings to grandma’s gingerbread and sugar cookie recipes. No matter what flavors–savory or sweet–get you excited for the season, they’re sure to fill your hungry houseguests’ bellies. So, be sure to throw in a batch of your favorite cookies or cook up one of your favorite holiday meals while you’re loved ones are in town, so they can get a true taste of Christmas.
Hear the Sounds of the Season
Everyone has their own taste in music–whether it’s classical holiday accompaniments, Frank Sinatra or Michael Bublé. No matter what your taste in music, there’s plenty of musical options out there to satisfy your guests. Looking for a variety to please every ear on the list? Look to Pandora and Apple Music for a variety of Christmas playlists to fill your home with all the beautiful sounds of the season to get your guests moving and grooving in the holiday spirit.
Feel the Coziness
Finally, giving your guests a warm and cozy environment to settle into makes your home even more inviting–and it covers the last of the 5 senses. Relaxing with friends and family and catching up on all the year has brought is what Christmas is all about. And, what better way to reminisce than by cuddling up on the couch in a snuggly blanket and pillows surrounding you. If you’re in the market for some new throw blankets, consider getting those in colors of deep red and greens or our favorite, neutral creams. Mix and match colors to create a cozy style all your own.
If you’re in search of something to satisfy one or all 5 five your guests’ senses this holiday, you’re sure to find it as you browse our store this holiday shopping season. We want to help you be the hostess with the most! Stop in and see us… we love helping to create cozy spaces for the holiday season.