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Are you entertaining this holiday season? To help us with some clever and beautiful entertaining ideas we enlistedIreneLovett, an LA-based interior designer and party planner, who shared some incredible ways to have a stylish home this holiday season.

designstiles' holiday tips for stylish entertaining:

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  • Pick a palette: decorating for the holidays doesn't mean you have to choose a traditional color scheme. I think it's fun and more indicative of one's personal style to combine colors that may surprise your guests. This doesn't mean buying all new decor. But maybe instead of using all your red and green decorations, go with one or the other and introduce an unexpected accent hue. Green with gold and silver feels just as festive. Or pink with gold and green feels a tad playful. A cheery yellow can make the winter cold feel a little warmer.
  • Set the table: Make the table your focal point. Here you can express yourself even more. I prefer table settings that offer a unique mix of color, pattern and plating. You don't have to have an entire matching set of plates, utensils and stemware, but there should be a consistency and a common denominator that ties your look together. I suggest adding a centerpiece low enough so it doesn't prevent your guests from cross conversation.
  • Don't forget the kids: Kids love feeling like they've been included. Setting a separate kids table lets adults enjoy their meal while kids interact with their age group. For a centerpiece that lets them get creative, layout crayons on a long basket or bowl and use butcher paper as a tablecloth. While they're waiting for their dinner or finish their meal early, they'll have free reign to draw and color away. Have kid-appropriate beverages on hand for a special treat. A hot cocoa spread wins you extra points.
  • Lighting sets the mood: Lighting affects your entire ambiance. Too much overhead lighting can create tons of shadows and feel overwhelmingly bright. Dim your lights but don't make it too dark. I keep pink bulbs on hand that I like to swap out on table lamps to give off a really pretty, soft, rose glow. Hanging white twinkle lights indoors will add to the spirit of the holidays and are also great for creating that glow. Your lighting should feel warm and cozy.
  • Seating is welcoming: Think about your guest list and arrange in a way that makes them feel comfortable and is conducive to conversation. This may require minimal furniture rearranging to create different seating arrangements. Do a walk though of your home. Maybe you have a pretty side chair sitting in your guest room that can be suitable in the living room for the occasion. Poufs and ottomans are easy to move and great for kids seating.
  • Finish off with flowers: Picking up pretty blooms from your local grocery store adds a natural element. Even selecting from your own backyard will suffice. Simple branches placed in clear vases on a mantel create a structural look.

Irene Lovett, founder of designstiles and designstiles kids, believes design doesn’t have to be taken too seriously and loves helping clients decorate and entertain in a way that expresses their personalities. The family spaces she creates cohesively blend furniture pieces with distinct color combinations and are filled with unique objects and one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect the interests and passions of the people living in them. For a peak at Irene’s projects and the inspiration behind them, visit and

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