An Expert's Guide to Elevated Holiday Decor

Originally published by THE SCOUT GUIDE on December 1st, 2022.

As we gear up to deck the halls, we checked in with five scouted interior design experts to see how they are bringing on the yuletide spirit. If you’re ready to move away from the traditional red, green, and tchotchke-heavy decor, then you’ll love the understated elegance of this year’s organic, sophisticated looks. From bright and fragrant citrus garlands to wreaths strategically sprinkled throughout your interior, you’ll want to leave these gracious decorations up well into the new year. Here’s to making it merry, bright, and oh so chic! To find a scouted interior designer near you, browse The Scout Guide Directory.

It’s all in the details. Small, sweet decor moments are sometimes all you need when it comes to creating a fun and festive mood in your home. Kathleen Varner, owner of Kathleen Varner Petals & Props in Birmingham, Alabama, beautifully demonstrates this through her signature tiny arrangements (pictured above), that she places in unexpected and often overlooked areas to create a bit of whimsy throughout the home. Varner loves how these arrangements can make ordinary spots feel special, like cabinet knobs, bookshelves, and side tables. Made out of seasonal greenery or fresh herbs and an elegant ribbon, Varner uses floral wire to control the shape, along with a tiny bit of floral tape.