8 Ways to Get Your Home Holiday-Ready

The holidays are here, and honestly we’re a little stumped! There are a dizzying amount of ways to go about decorating for the season, so before we begin to deck our halls, we talked to Blanche Garcia of HGTV’s Design Star. The 33-year-old part Puerto Rican interior designer was gracious enough to share some of her very best tips for holiday decorating. The best part? You don't have to be as rich as Scrooge to transform your home into a winter wonderland!

Follow the below steps and you'll catch the holiday spirit in no time:

1. Art doesn’t have to be expensive. “It’s really nice to find something that the kids did or to frame something you bought at a store,” Garcia said. You can also layer lace placemats in holiday colors together and frame them. 

2. Add aroma to your home with candles, suggest Garcia. Pick up a variety of affordable candles in luscious holiday scents like spiced cider and winter mint.

3. Change out your pillows. Something as simple as purchasing a few festive throw pillows can really go a long way to freshening up your living room!

4. Incorporate natural elements. Use garlands, flowers and acorns as Christmas decorations. “I think those go a long way,” Garcia said. Noting that she prefers natural decorations to paper cutouts, Garcia admits,  “I understand its festive but I would keep those for a classroom.”

5. Paint! Adding a coat or two to your walls is an easy way to add flavor to a room without spending a lot of money, Garcia reminds us.

6. Go online for the best deals. “I’m not afraid of Ikea or HomeDecorators.com,” Garcia notes. You can get the exact same looks on much smaller budgets at these discount sites.

7. Add some Latin flavor—literally! Garcia suggests filling an entryway with racks filled with different spices. “Take some spices that are known to our culture," Garcia says. You can even tailor it to include spices in holiday colors.

8. Don't fear nontraditional holiday colors! “We, as Latinas, like a lot of colors like magentas, oranges, and yellows and I see that now in the Christmas and holiday decorations. I don’t think we should be afraid to use them,” she said, “I think it’s a great place to have some self-expression.” For Christmas, Garcia suggests mixing yellow and  red, with touches of green.