When it comes to holiday décor, there's an extremely fine line between festive and gaudy—and we're always looking for ways to keep it fresh. Enter Brady Tolbert, stylist and editorial director at Emily Henderson Design, who's clearly mastered the art of tasteful, chic holiday décor by the looks of his stunning Los Angeles home. Tolbert recently shared the stunning transformation exclusively with MyDomaine, cueing us into his holiday design golden rules and favorite Target buys in the process. Replete with evergreen garland, natural textures, and a high-low mix of Target buys and designer pieces, the stylist's home is a coveted mix of aspirational and achievable.
Click through below for major holiday décor inspiration, plus the holiday decorating rules Tolbert lives by.
"There is nothing more 'holiday' than the traditional red-and-green palette, but I love to keep my color scheme more neutral and monochromatic. Mixing greens, creams, browns, and wood tones with a few graphic hits of black and white help it to feel fresh while still being interesting visually."
"No holiday décor is complete without a little bit of twinkle. Mixing a few different hues and sizes of bulbs gives extra depth to the décor. I love using the yellow-hued bulbs for my tree and then mixing in mini-LED twinkle lights throughout the rest of the décor. Not only does it add an extra layer of texture, but when the sun is down and you turn the lights on, it gives everything such a magical and soft glow."
"Growing up in Utah meant that the first weekend after Thanksgiving, the entire family would get together with all of our cousins and head up into the mountains to chop down a fresh tree together. Twenty years later and living in sunny Los Angeles, I don't quite have the same option—but I still always try to incorporate some natural elements into my holiday décor. This year I used a fresh tree and DIY'ed some real garland wreaths for each of my windows, but even if you prefer the larger elements to be artificial, try to include something real into the décor, whether that be a few pine sprigs in a vase, some tree boughs on the mantle, or a fresh wreath on the door.
Mixing both artificial and real elements into the décor will help it feel more authentic and festive."
"No holiday party or get-together is complete without a little area to pour yourself a drink. Having it all set out in a bar area in festive decanters and shakers allows you to enjoy the party rather than having to refresh everyone's drinks throughout the night."