By: Niki Cheng


As if by magic, NYC Christmas window displays have come to life overnight.  The smell of roasted chestnut and pine trees fill the air.  The holiday season is here.  How can we bring some of the joyful holiday spirit to our home?  These 5 tips can get you started.

1. Strike it rich

Indulge yourself with rich colors like gorgeous greens, the color of nature and gray then add sumptuous textures of velour and velvet. During this holiday season, why not choose velvet, silk’s lushly rich, cold-climate friendly relative? It’s the go-big or go-home festive fabric that reminds us of the seemingly omnipresent holiday icon, Santa!  Its shimmering surface also makes it perfect for holiday parties. Velvet’s rich and saturated colors make them unique and rich.  The soft touch feels luxurious.  It also reminds us romance is very much alive.


2. Bring nature into your home

The “less is more” concept has been around for decades.  Wise words indeed. But, it’s the holiday season! The more the merrier, right?  I’d say, “Go for it!”  Arrange pinecones and fall leaves as table centerpiece, hang evergreen wreath on the door. It’s not old school. In fact, it is a great way to meet our needs for getting in touch with nature. I like the look of natural pinecones in a clear, glass vase or large jar. This simple display works well on its own, but if you want the showbiz look, spray pinecones with glitter spray paint for an extra bit of holiday glitz. The smell of these natural pinecones add holiday spirit to your home too.

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3. Cozy up your home with suitable color palettes

Before you start untangling the tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current décor. If your living room has a clean, all white color scheme, skip the clashing red garland and opt for an elegant white tree; match with white or grey candles and silver ornaments.  The look can take you right to the number one selling holiday song “White Christmas”, don’t you think?  If your space has an earthy color scheme, add a splash of rich colors like cranberries, forest greens and gold.  Just a splash, ok?  Let’s keep it classy.


4. Crank up the heat

Chilly weather during the holiday season can be depressing. Many people struggle with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  On a positive note, your friends and family will be grateful for an escape from the cold. So before you invite guests, turn the thermostat up a couple of degrees to make it toasty, or better yet, start a fire in your fireplace. Place extra pillows and blankets on your sofa or drape sheep skins on your dining chairs. Make a pot of red mulled wine or cider on the stove, and bond with your guests over a hot drink in your warm home.


5. Organize your home

Let’s make sure we bring joy to our home this holidays.  As Marie Kondo, New York Times best-selling author, states in her books, the things that no longer give you joy should be passed on to someone who might enjoy them. Keep your favorite items and give the rest away. Materialistic things don’t always make you happy, but meaningful experiences do. So does a clean, organized home. Just putting things in their designated space will go a long way in making your home clutter-free and organized. If you can’t find a place for some of the items, perhaps it’s time to let them go. A season of gifts is a perfect time to donate clothes, coats, toys and books you no longer need to people who will benefit from your kindness.


niki_bio_picNiki Cheng is the co-owner of BoConcept New York with her husband, Shaokao Cheng.  They started BoConcept New York in 2003.  With an architecture and interior design background, she has furnished many homes in New York City.  She is a proud mother of a 10-year old girl Cienna and a 7-year old boy Eden.

The BoConcept New York family and I wish you a fantastic winter filled with warmth and love.
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