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Ask Angel: west elm's Advice for Holiday Entertaining (Part 2)

Ask Angel: west elm's Advice for Holiday Entertaining (Part 2)

West elm designer Angel recently started a new TeamSugar group called Ask Angel to help you solve all of your design conundrums! Here's some advice from her latest post, which ties in perfectly with this month's Home Entertainment theme.

Angel writes:

One of the fabulous things about my job is being surrounded by great design minds. With the seasonal whirlwind of decorating and entertaining swiftly upon us, I tapped west elm’s creative director of design – who is also an exceptional entertainer — Alex Bates to share her expertise and show us how to create a modern and chic mood flawlessly and easily without breaking the bank! I hope you love these as much as I do.

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Alex writes:

There are lots of ways to make your home festive and fabulous for the holidays, and reflect your personal style. This season is all about glam and metallic accents. Just like your favorite patent wedge makes every outfit feel chic, there are a few little things that will make a big difference in your home this holiday season. You don’t have to be overwhelmed and you don’t have to spend a fortune. These simple ideas will help set the stage for a stylish holiday and create a look with staying power that will last into the New Year.

Mix the primitive and polished

Animal prints have gotten a great makeover in recent seasons and this year, they are popping up in new styles and patterns everywhere. A little animal goes a long way, try the patterns as an accent piece in the home. Combine timeless and chic animal prints with gold metallic holiday decorations for a fun twist, such as a zebra stocking pairs perfectly hanging on the mantel next to a tree decorated with gold or vintage ornaments. Or toss a throw pillow on your sofa and get a whole new look anytime you feel like it.


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bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I love the look of this room. It makes it easy to entertain and everyone to get together and just chill.
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
Second...I love this look and would love to create the look one day. I have the square footage in my apt. but it will take some time. I wish I could have been the West Elm Wish List Winner :(
davisdavis davisdavis 9 years
I'm loving the silver accent tables with that neutral/dark brown scheme.
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