Exclusive: Camille Styles on Her Warm, Relaxed Approach to Holiday Décor

Updated 11/20/19

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When it comes to décor, traditional design has been having a bit of a resurgence lately. And for blogger and Target Home Style Expert Camille Styles, the holidays are a great time to embrace those classic styles we all know and love.

"Sometimes it just feels right to stick with tradition, and for me, Christmas is one of those times," Styles tells MyDomaine. "That said, an evergreen and red color palette can still feel fresh when set against a palette of white and neutrals. I also love these pops of blush I scattered throughout to give a slightly feminine touch to our holiday décor this year."

Sometimes it just feels right to stick with tradition, and for me, Christmas is one of those times.

In her own living room, Styles expertly paired classic holiday motifs with a few unexpected elements to create a space that feels festive, but family-friendly and inviting at the same time.

holiday mantle
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"Since I’ll be hosting friends and family for lots of gatherings this season, the vision was for it to be warm and relaxed, inviting guests to kick off their shoes and cozy up in front of the fire," she says.

To create that fireside holiday oasis, Styles decided to switch things up and go for a mis-matched assortment of stockings, which she paired with more traditional touches.

"I went with simple, statement-making décor on our mantel this year, and the overall effect just makes me happy," she says. "I hung this red berry wreath overtop of the mirror and draped a flocked garland along the top of the mantel—and since they’re both faux, I can pack them up and use them again next year."

holiday decor
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When it comes time for Styles to update her home for the holidays, her children are routinely her biggest motivators and helpers.

"I think their second favorite day of the year—after Christmas morning—is the day we haul all the boxes of holiday décor down from the attic. Sometimes it feels like more work to involve them—especially my four-year-old—but I take a deep breath and remind myself to enjoy the process. Mugs of hot cocoa, “Santa Baby” on the stereo, and a huge box of ornaments in the living room? This is what holiday memories are made of."

I think their second favorite day of the year—after Christmas morning—is the day we haul all the boxes of holiday décor down from the attic.

So it's should come as no surprise that keeping her holiday décor decidedly family friendly is a priority for Styles.

Camille Styles
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Of course, there's another concern that comes into play when decorating for the holidays: budget constraints. For people looking to add some festive cheer to their homes without breaking the bank, Styles suggests picking out a smaller tree and stocking up on a few special ornaments. You can then fill in any gaps with twinkle lights and tinsel.

"And instead of buying lots of little accessories, my strategy is to focus on just a couple of statement-making areas—say, the front door and the mantel—and drape a beautiful faux garland or hang a wreath," she says. "It’s a great way to easily infuse your home with so much festivity, while getting major bang for your buck."

Ready to update your own space for the holiday season? Shop a few of Styles' favorite finds from Target Home below.

red herringbone stocking
Threshold Herringbone Christmas Stocking Red $15
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red plaid runner
Threshold Slubby Windowpane Plaid Table Runner Red $23
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throw pillow
Opalhouse 'Merry Everything' Lumbar Throw Pillow With Corner Tassels $20
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red berry wreath
Wondershop Christmas Red Berry Artificial Wreath $30
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flocked garland
Threshold Artificial Flocked Pine Garland Green $25
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red bottle brush tree
Threshold Bottle Brush Sisal Christmas Tree Red $20
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