The holidays are upon us, and you've got to love seeing all of the fabulous decorations and decor. We all try our best to seek out our inner-Martha Stewarts during the season, and a little help may be all you need to get there.
As far a holiday meals go, you can't do much better than local hot chef Art Smith. Not only is his restaurant, Table Fifty-Two, rated one of the best in the country, but his organization, Common Threads, is a godsend for many children across the country. Here are his expert tips for the holidays:
- Buy a live tree and plant it in your yard or buy a smaller one for your terrace. No one ever remembers to water a Christmas tree!
- Collect tree ornaments. They are more charming than having the hot design of the year.
- Don't forget the pets! They remember ...
- Make the freezer your best friend. Most great holiday foods can be kept fresh and preserved. I love an ice box fruit cake!
- A delicious juicy Allen Brothers rib roast is a wonderful Chicago tradition.
- Discover the cheese ball again! Homemade is better!
Everyone knows and loves designer to the stars, Nate Berkus, one of Oprah's favorites. Besides being adorable, he has a whole new line of his fabulous home furnishings available at www.hsn.com. Now you can see his top tips for decorating for the season and beyond:
- Your sofa will have an "instant makeover" with new pillows and a throw.
- I love silver bowls filled with all one color solid ornaments mixed with votives on the table or fireplace.
- A little ethnicity goes a long way in setting the table -- an African bowl lined with a linen napkin for bread, woven placemats mixed with your good china. Go for contrast when setting the table.
- Never underestimate the allure of candles. They truly transform a space. Keep the lights low and remember, NO scented candles in the dining room. That should smell like food!!
- When guests or family come to stay, the nightstand in my guestroom always has three things: fresh flowers, a tray for jewelry and things you take out of your pockets, and a bottle of water.
Stay tuned for more Holiday Tips from the Pros coming soon! God bless us everyone.