Editor’s note: In this eight-part series, interior design experts and twins sisters Heidi Andrews and Heather Fujikawa (from UPtv’s “Design Twins”) will bring you simple tips to make your living space more joyful this Christmas.

OTHER BLOGS: Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 | Episode 7 | Episode 8

Episode 3: Show your true colors this Christmas.

A beautiful, designer look for the holidays is always something that people approach us about. We love finding inspiration from European Christmas markets, nostalgic memories, department store windows, nature… and more. We’ve found some great ways to capture that professional designer look for a fraction of the cost, and we’re excited to share them with you. Saving money is always good, but it’s even better during the holiday season when a lot of unexpected costs can pop up!

Here’s our tips:


One great way that we love to get a designer look for less is by creating a color wheel for your decorations. Whether it’s a classic red and green, modern pastels, or a glam gold and silver. As long as all of the decor that you chose fits within that color wheel, your house will look cohesive and professional.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the traditional Christmas red and green, but silver and gold combinations are also very much in style.


Another great way to get a designer look for the holiday season without breaking the bank is to keep with the current trends and recreate them at less expensive stores. One of our favorite trends for this year is flocked and frosted greenery. Whether it’s a flocked tree or garland, it’s a great way to make your decor look high-end. Pastel colors are really in style this season, so we’ve been using them throughout our home for our decorations. A great way to recreate a department store look is by spray-painting your own bottle-brush trees to use throughout the home. We got our trees at Michaels and spray painted them so they would fit within our pastel color wheel.

If you can’t find a decorative tree that matches your design style, don’t let it stop you. It’s nothing that a bit of spray paint can’t fix.


Our last tip for a designer look, is to visit your local tree lot and ask for their clippings. Most of the time, they will give these to you for free. We use them to decorate our mantle or on our table and shelves to help bring the outdoors in.

Looking for additional Christmas cheer? Bringing the outdoors in. It makes your living space warm, cozy and relaxing.

No matter how you chose to decorate for the holidays, we hope that these tips help you find a designer look you love for less!

Thanks to our partners: Michaels | Oriental Trading | Joyful Living