Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazinehttps://freshome.comFreshome is a website dedicated to show you the latest trends in modern architecture, modern interior design and modern furniture design.Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:46:58 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8http://freshome.com/http://cdn.freshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/logo.pngFreshomeFreshInspirationForYourHomehttps://feedburner.google.com5 Pinterest Christmas Table Decorating Trends You’ll Want To Try This Yearhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/RdfvTZRz7ao/https://freshome.com/pinterest-christmas-table-decorating-trends/#respondWed, 21 Nov 2018 12:00:36 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=305131Pinterest is a great way to see what’s going on trend-wise. If you’re looking for something new and different to try this year for your Christmas tablescape, you’re going to love these five Pinterest Christmas table decorating trends. 1. Vertical Table Settings Go beyond your dining table and think about the area over it. Hang […]

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Pinterest is a great way to see what’s going on trend-wise. If you’re looking for something new and different to try this year for your Christmas tablescape, you’re going to love these five Pinterest Christmas table decorating trends.

1. Vertical Table Settings

Go beyond your dining table and think about the area over it. Hang items from your ceiling or chandelier to add some whimsy and wonder to your Christmas table.

Pinterest Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

Christmas snowflake and star paper ornaments are lightweight and easy to hang. Choose an odd-numbered grouping of paper ornaments in different patterns, colors and sizes and hang them at varying heights. Pinterest Pin: Style Estate

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If it’s not possible to hang items from your ceiling or chandelier, try arranging balloons instead. These clear balloons are filled with fake snow and feature star ornaments on the ribbon that tethers them to the table. Pinterest Pin: Diane Pinto

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In this tablescape, a large manzanita branch was placed in a weighted pot at one end of the table and lights and ornaments were hung from the branch. Pinterest Pin: Neptune

2. Christmas Bird Theme

A collection of birds, nests and feathers adds a unique and outdoors-chic look to your Christmas table setting.

Pinterest christmas table setting ideas

This table has an Asiatic look, thanks to the cherry blossom twigs and small birds that rest on the branches. Pinterest Pin: Gracious Living

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Owls are the theme of this Pinterest Christmas table setting and are featured as salt and pepper shakers, plates, place cards and ornaments. Pinterest Pin: Home Is Where The Boat Is

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A subtle and elegant bird-themed Christmas tablescape includes feathers, nests and fine china featuring birds. Pinterest Pin: Home Is Where The Boat Is

3. A Pinterest Christmas Table Featuring Metallics

For a festive Christmas table, add some bling! Rhinestones, polished metals and crystals all create the sparkle and magic of the holidays. Don’t be afraid to mix metals and finishes.

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Grey linens, vintage-looking mercury glass votives, a rhinestone-encrusted branch and polished chrome all simulate a snowy winter scene. Pinterest Pin: Look and Love With Lolo

Pinterest Christmas decorating ideas

Mix and match golds, champagne and silver tones for a fresh take on metallics. Don’t forget to add lights or candles for the ultimate reflective effect. Pinterest Pin: Pottery Barn

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Crystal trees and the cool tones of grey and white create an elegant, frosty Christmas table look. Pinterest Pin: Hobby Lobby

4. Check and Plaid Christmas Table Settings

Plaid may be the biggest holiday table trend this year. For a modern take on plaid, choose a larger tartan print or buffalo check pattern.

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This modern table setting features layers of buffalo checks and herringbone pattern. Pinterest Pin: Cuckoo 4 Design

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A clever way to pull together your plaid-themed Christmas table setting is by hanging plaid blankets or scarves on your dining chairs. Pinterest Pin: Judy Aldridge

5. Alternative Christmas Table Setting Colors

Break away from traditional red and hunter green table settings. You’ll love these unusual yet perfect color alternatives for Christmas.

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A bright emerald is a vivacious and contemporary way to add the color green to your Christmas tablescape. Pinterest Pin: Brit Morin

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An elegant teal blue table setting can be paired with silver, greens, oranges or earth tones for a different take on the Christmas table. Pinterest Pin: Pier 1

Pinterest Christmas table decor

To incorporate colors like purple or celadon, choose a holiday-inspired print like the tartan featured on the placemat. Pinterest Pin: House and Home

Pinterest Christmas table ideas

A black and white Christmas table is a modern way to decorate for the holidays. Add gold silverware and accents to warm up the tablescape. Pinterest Pin: Kait

What do you think of these Pinterest Christmas tablescape ideas? Which one are you most likely to try this Christmas?

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10 Christmas Card Display Ideas That Showcase Your Most Beautiful Cardshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/iXnBZ8fUtoQ/https://freshome.com/10-christmas-card-display-ideas/#respondTue, 20 Nov 2018 22:00:36 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=303813We've got a roundup of some of the best Christmas card display ideas and card hangers so you can showcase your favorite holiday cards this season.

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What do you do with your Christmas cards every year? If you love receiving them but hate how they pile up, why not make them part of your holiday decorating? We’ve got a roundup of some of the best Christmas card display ideas and card hangers so you can showcase your favorite holiday cards this season.

1. Use A Wall-Mounted Christmas Card Holder To Display Them

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The Branch Card Holder at Pottery Barn, $50, offers a beautiful, freeform way to display your Christmas cards over the fireplace.

2. Hang Them On Your Stairway’s Banister

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Clip or pin your Christmas cards to string lights or pine garland to decorate your stairwell. Here are more ways you can decorate your stairs for Christmas. Image: Better Homes and Gardens

3. Use Ornamental Chain To Create A Wall-Mounted Christmas Card Hanger

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This Nordic Christmas card display idea features large gold chain that’s been hung in a Christmas tree pattern to add to the festive holiday vibe. Image: Woonideeën

4. Go Vintage Farmhouse By Creating A Card Board With Chicken Wire

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An old rustic pine frame mounted with chicken wire can hold Christmas cards and other objects, like ornaments and a wreath, as shown. Image: Lolly Jane

5. Hang Ribbon And Pin Your Cards

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Choose a large, decorative ribbon and pin your Christmas cards to it. A door is a great place to display your Christmas cards. Image: Ideal Home

6. Arrange Your Christmas Cards Into A Tree Shape

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If you have a large collection of Christmas cards, arrange them in a pyramid shape to look like a tree. Don’t forget to top the display with a star or tree topper. Image: We Hang Christmas Lights

7. Display Them Artfully In A Wicker Picnic Basket or Box

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Use an ornamental box or picnic basket to hang and display your Christmas cards. Add string lights and ribbon for a holiday feel. Image: Ideal Home

8-9. Repurpose A Wall Using Washi Tape Or String

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These unused hallway walls were transformed into clever displays for Christmas cards. Images: Thyme is Honey and Design Improvised

10. Hang A Christmas Card Mobile

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For a whimsical look, create a hanging mobile for your Christmas cards and ornaments. Image: Design Improvised

Here are some Christmas card hangers and holders, in stores now:

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What Classifies A House Style: What Makes A Contemporary Home?http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/SeQHnHnbxVo/https://freshome.com/contemporary-home-style/#respondTue, 20 Nov 2018 18:20:23 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=294111For many people, the meaning of the word “contemporary” is hard to pin down because it’s always evolving to fit a modern context. The same can be said for contemporary architecture. However, we’re here to put a face and a definition to the contemporary home once and for all. Keep reading to learn how to […]

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For many people, the meaning of the word “contemporary” is hard to pin down because it’s always evolving to fit a modern context. The same can be said for contemporary architecture. However, we’re here to put a face and a definition to the contemporary home once and for all. Keep reading to learn how to identify this style of architecture, as well as what sets it apart from the crowd.

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Contemporary homes reflect today’s architecture. Image: Lochwood-Lozier Custom Homes

What is a contemporary home?

Put simply, contemporary homes reflect the architecture of today. While you may think that definition makes it synonymous with modern architecture, that’s actually a common misconception. Modern architecture refers to a style that was popularized from the 1920s to 1950s, one that embraced clean lines and stark minimalism. Contemporary architecture goes beyond that to define the ever-evolving architectural styles of the 21st century.

Most contemporary homes do have a modern flair to them, with design tweaks from postmodernism and deconstructivism, as well. For the first time, we also see homes where the building materials are just as important as the final product. With contemporary homes, we see a huge emphasis on natural and sustainable building materials.

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Contemporary homes are popular because they allow for individuality. Image: Openspace Architecture

What makes these homes so popular?

Contemporary homes are popular because they’ve broken the mold when it comes to changing architectural styles. Traditionally, the dominant architectural style of the time will be the complete opposite of the one that came before it. For example, the simplicity of Craftsman homes is in direct opposition to the over-opulence of the Victorian era that came before it.

However, the same cannot be said for contemporary architecture. In fact, this style borrows a lot from modern design, its predecessor. It borrowed what worked, as you can see from the emphasis on clean, simple lines and a connection to the outdoors, and fixed what didn’t. Contemporary homes are often much warmer in design than modern versions.

This ability to pick and choose characteristics led to a never-before-seen emphasis on individuality. Homeowners were free to design their homes in a way that truly worked for them, architectural conventions aside. It also may be why contemporary design seems to be sticking around for the long haul.

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In general, contemporary homes try to bring the interior and exterior together. Image: RW Anderson Homes

Defining features of a contemporary home

Though contemporary design does hold a strong emphasis on individuality, there are a few defining characteristics that tie this style of home together. They are:

Exterior:

  • An irregular, asymmetrical façade
  • Strong emphasis on geometric shapes
  • Large windows
  • Clerestory windows
  • Use of recycled building materials
  • Mixed materials on the exterior (e.g. wood and stone)

Interior:

  • One to two stories
  • An open floor plan
  • Lots of natural light
  • Use of natural or recycled materials
  • Green systems for plumbing, heating and air conditioning
  • A flexible layout suited to meet the family’s needs

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50 Powder Room Ideas That Transform Your Small Half Bath From Ordinary To Extraordinaryhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/bZ1FOU5Ii1Q/https://freshome.com/powder-room-ideas-half-bath-ideas/#respondTue, 20 Nov 2018 12:00:35 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=296173The powder room, also known as a small guest bath or half bath, is usually located near a home or apartment’s entrance and consists of a toilet and sink. Most half bath spaces are small and basic, but they don’t have to be. If you entertain often, your guests will most likely use your half […]

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The powder room, also known as a small guest bath or half bath, is usually located near a home or apartment’s entrance and consists of a toilet and sink. Most half bath spaces are small and basic, but they don’t have to be.

If you entertain often, your guests will most likely use your half bath. What does the room say about you? It’s time to transform your half bath from ordinary to extraordinary with our powder room ideas and tips that will make your guests’ visit a swoon-worthy experience.

Use Some Creative Powder Room Ideas To Create A Picture-Worthy Setting

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What’s the first thing a first-time visitor will notice when they open the door to your half bath? Make it creative and memorable, like this powder room. The homeowner layered a decorative, antique mirror over the simple wall mirror and included plenty of half bath decor and art to finish the room. Image: Cynthia Driscoll Interiors

First things first. Don’t treat your powder room like an ordinary bathroom. See your half bath as a tiny treasure box waiting to be opened and discovered. And so the first secret to creating a gorgeous space is to consider what guests will see the first time they open the door.

Tip: Open the door to your half bath and visualize what it should ideally look like. Will there be a bold splash of color? Will the vanity and lights be symmetrical and perfectly centered in the door opening? Will the colors and textures draw you in?

Pretend you’re a photographer and snap a photo of your half bath from outside the room with the door open. Then see how you can improve the design for a better photo, like these half bath ideas:

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When visualizing what you want your half bath to look like, imagine what guests will see when they open the door. Draw them in by choosing the best and most beautiful elements you can afford. Images: BK Interior Design and Alidad

Half Bath Ideas Featuring Color

Powder rooms are where you “freshen up,” so why not freshen up your half bath by adding an unexpected color like violet? Image: Black Lacquer Design

You’re dealing with a small space, so don’t be afraid to be bold. One of the easiest ways to make a big statement is with a bold color.

Tip: Forget the rule that small spaces should be white or light. Add your favorite color to the walls. Some powder room ideas that add color to your space include:

  • Painting the entire room in a deep, rich color – ceiling included
  • Painting the wall behind the vanity in a high-gloss, bold shade
  • Adding colorful accents like towels and art in bright tones

Read more about small bathroom rules worth breaking here.

Here are some powder room ideas featuring color for inspiration:

Primary Color Powder Room Ideas

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Blues and indigos are a natural color for a half bath. If choosing rich colors, contrast the tone with a white or light secondary color for the vanity, toilet and towels. Images: Elena Phillips Interiors and Carla Aston

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Colored glass and high-gloss finishes add a reflective quality to rich colors and create a vibrant half bath. Images: Weinstein Luxury and Chris Jovanelly

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The color lilac is on-trend – and the perfect shade for a dramatic powder room. Images: Carey Karlan and Black Lacquer Design

Black Half Bath Ideas

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There’s nothing chicer than a black powder room. If you’re going black, commit 100 percent and include the color on the ceiling and floor. Images: Just Jill Interiors and Cornerstone Architects

Wallpaper Your Powder Room Walls

A high-glam powder room featuring velvet, tufting, marble and a metallic geometric wallpaper. Image: Eurodale

The latest wallpaper designs are a great way to breathe life (and design) into your small powder room. The variety of colors and patterns available can transform your powder room into quite the showcase!

Tip: Choose a vinyl, water-resistant wallpaper, just in case splashing happens. And if you live in a rental, look for removable wallpapers that make it easy to take the wallpaper down without damaging the walls when you move out. You can read more on removable wallpaper here.

Colorful botanical or floral prints are popular choices for a powder room. Images: Together Interiors

The latest removable wallpapers are both water-resistant and easy to take down. Images: F.A.D. Inc. and Kriste Michelini Interiors

Splurge On Stunning Tile

A geometric tile in fashion-forward lilac creates a one-of-a-kind powder room. Image: Complementto Tiles

Tile can be expensive. But if you have a tiny half bath, you don’t need a lot of tile to make a big statement. Go for it – the effect far exceeds the initial cost.

Tip: If you’re going to splurge on tile, choose a tile with a graphic pattern or unique look and use it floor-to-ceiling. If your budget is limited, tile the vanity wall and use a less expensive flooring option, like vinyl adhesive tiles, that look like stone or real tiles.

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These powder rooms show unique ways to feature tile. Images: TEC Plumbing & Construction and Risa Boyer

Don’t Settle For Ordinary Powder Room Mirrors

Your half bath square footage is limited, so make every inch count! Powder room mirrors are not only the exclamation point in your half bath’s design, but they also expand a tiny bathroom.

Tip: Don’t shop for a basic mirror. Look for an interesting art frame and add a mirror to one. Or do something unexpected like creating a gallery wall of small mirrors over your vanity. Get creative!

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Look for a mirror with unexpected details like a lattice design to the glass or a Moroccan shape, like these dramatic powder room mirrors. Images: MHouse and St. Amand Design

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What’s the first thing you notice in these powder rooms? It’s most likely the beautiful, unusual mirrors. Images: Pulltab Designs and Croma Design

Choose Powder Room Lighting That’s Functional And Fashionable

There are several lighting elements in this modern powder room: a wall-washing overhead can, a candle and lighting mounted behind the mirror to cast a glow. Image: Chris Jovanelly

Good lighting can make all the difference in your powder room. Consider the powder room lighting to be the earrings that complete your outfit (or half bath).

Tip: Layer your lighting to include mood lighting and functional lighting. A pendant can create a statement and still light up the room. Wall sconces or candles can add to the ambiance. Consider a brighter, cooler-temperature bulb for your functional lighting and dimmer, warmer bulbs for your ambient lighting.

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Architectural wall sconces set the right ambiance in your powder room. Images: Jodie Rosen and Charlie & Co Design

A combination of wall sconces and an overhead pendant create the perfect lighting effect in your half bath. Images: Diel Design and Raegan Ford

Offset The Elements On Your Focal Wall For Visual Interest

Want to do something fresh and modern in your half bath? You can center everything and go for a symmetrical look. Or you can break the rules to add interest by grouping things to one side.

Tip: Some ways you can add visual interest by offsetting the elements in your powder room include:

  • Mounting the mirror to the left or right of the vanity
  • Hanging lighting or pendants in a grouping on one side
  • Grouping accessories on one end or the other
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Here are some examples of how you can freshen things up by not centering elements like lighting, accessories and the mirror as expected. Images: Laney and UA Creative

Make The Vanity The Star Of Your Half Bath

The powder room has two main functions: washing up and using the toilet. The vanity, therefore, is very important in your small bathroom. Make it a showstopper.

Tip: Choose a small piece of furniture to repurpose as a vanity. Add a vessel-style sink that sits on top of the piece. Or to save space and go for a contemporary look, mount a floating-ledge counter. Looking for the perfect small bathroom vanity? Check this roundup out, featuring the best small bathroom vanities for sale now.

These geometric vanities create an interesting effect. Although they don’t feature a lot of storage, they do add a clean, minimalist look to your powder room. Images: Amy Emery Designs and Sara Baldwin Design Blog

For a contemporary look to your small half bath, mount a floating-ledge style surface with a vessel sink that sits on the ledge. Images: Zero Energy and VT Constructors

Here are two creative half bath vanity ideas: an antique sewing table and a farmhouse-style basin sink. Images: Int2 Architecture and Aamodt/Plumb

Dress Up Your Half Bath Walls To Add Value

The elegant wall panels, reminiscent of a French drawing room or traditional library, can add a luxurious look to your half bath. Image: Gresinger Construction

A little bit of carpentry can add a high-end, expensive feel to the most basic half bath. If you own your home or apartment, adding wainscoting, paneling or molding to your powder room can increase your home’s property value.

Tip: Mount crown molding or pre-fab wood wall panels to your half bath and paint them in a semi-gloss or eggshell finish for a high-end feel.

Here are some paneling ideas you can incorporate into your powder room design. Images:MHouse Development and Laura Iverson Designs

Small In Space But Grand In Texture Is The Secret To A Stunning Half Bath

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The designer sourced an antique Moroccan tile for the powder room. To continue the high-texture and pattern theme, the pendant, mirror, wall art and vanity feature Moroccan design. Image: Imperfect Interiors

Texture adds an air of sophistication to any interior. Texture is also incredibly attractive to most people because of its tactile feeling that draws people closer to touch. Although your powder room is small, layer as much texture as you can to add depth.

Tip: When working with texture, stick to a soft, monochromatic color theme. If you stick with natural colors that are varying shades of the same tone, mixing and matching different patterns and textures will be successful.

Some ways to add more texture into your powder room include natural stone finishes with varying (and imperfect) patterns and surfaces. Images: 2id Interiors and Laura U Interiors

Complete Your Half Bath With Accessories

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Here’s a half bath that’s crisp and well-tailored in neutral tones with black and white accessories like hand towels, candles and wall art complete the look. Image: Magleby Construction

Now that you’ve created the coolest powder room ever, it’s time to pull it all together with the perfect accessories. After all, the magic is in the details.

Tip: Some items you may want to add to complete your powder room include:

  • A wastebasket that coordinates with a soap dispenser, tissue box cover and tray
  • Wall art
  • Candles or room diffusers
  • A vase or decorative vase collection
  • Towels featuring a unique design detail
  • Plants or orchids

Check out these half bath decor ideas that complete the space:

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Monogrammed towels, flowers and touches of high-polish silver personalize these powder rooms. Images: Traci Zeller and Lucy Interior Design

Add some fragrance to your powder room with reed diffusers and candles. Images: Moodhouse and 2id Interiors

Nix the plain white towels and choose guest towels in fun colors or patterns. Don’t forget to add a bathroom-loving houseplant like an aloe or orchid. Faux silk ones look realistic and will always be in bloom. Images: Mercury Mosaics and Traci Zeller

We hope you’ve found plenty of inspiration in these powder room ideas so you can execute the most memorable half bath ever. Share your transformation with us on our Facebook page!

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Holiday hostess gift ideas for the perfect guest. Image: Pottery Barn

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We love parties, but finding the perfect holiday hostess gift is sometimes a challenge. You don’t want to walk in empty-handed, and you really don’t want to stop at a grocery store on the way for a gift that screams “I just bought this!” If you want to elevate your gift-giving skills to “perfect guest” level, we can help.

Five signs you’re the perfect guest

  • RSVP. With the popularity of online invites, letting your host know you’ll be there, (or not) will earn you star-status as a favorite guest.
  • Give the right kind of help. No need to be the guest that takes over the kitchen, stressing your host out even more — a strategic helping hand is much-appreciated.
  • Show up on time, if the party is not a “drop-in” affair.
  • Look for ways to connect with other guests, and check in with guests that may not know anyone there.
  • Bring the perfect hostess gift.

The best holiday hostess gifts are simple, festive and easily shared at the party. Here are some of our favorites right now.

Give Christmas decor to your favorite hostess

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This festive Christmas throw pillow hits the right note for a holiday hostess gift. Image: Pottery Barn

Bringing holiday decor as a gift is fun and festive, especially if you are close friends with your host or hostess. Look for gifts that easily coordinate with any decorating style or color scheme. Festive throw pillows are perfect for gifting, as they make a design statement on their own. Pillow covers in standard throw pillow sizes are especially welcome as they can transform everyday decor seasonally.

Holiday hostess gift ideas when you’re the guest of a guest

Fireplace holiday gifts

Add some sparkle to the party with these festive color-changing pine cones for the fireplace. Image: Amazon.com

Even if you’re a +1 on the guest list, bringing a hostess gift is encouraged and very welcome. A simple gift like Festive Fun Rainbow-Flame Pine Cones packs a lot of holiday cheer in a small basket. When you don’t know your host or hostess well, a gift filled with Christmas cheer, like scented candles, holiday coasters or seasonal candies, is a thoughtful gesture.

Bring something delicious with a fun food gift

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The Salton S’mores and Fondue Maker can wake up even the sleepiest of parties. Image: Target

Let’s face it, even the best parties can hit a little lull. The best thing about a gift like the Salton S’Mores maker is that it can bring the guests together in pursuit of a delicious treat, with s’mores or fondue. Add a basket filled with S’mores supplies, including great chocolate, and you have the perfect holiday hostess gift.

Flameless candles make perfect holiday hostess gift

Flameless candle gifts

Brighten up the party with these stylish flameless pillar candles. Image: Walmart

Candles are always a thoughtful gift, but flameless candles will delight your recipient even more. Unlike traditional candles, flameless candles won’t disappear a little each time you use them. These Better Homes & Gardens candles are super stylish with a popular trellis design. Each candle also features a timer, for a beautiful, and practical, gift.

A gift for your beer-loving host

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Your beer-loving friends will love this beer tasting set. Image: Crate & Barrel

Do your friends love craft beer? Bring the gift of a beer tasting set to make sure you are always invited back. Four sampler glasses line up on an acacia wood tray to serve comparison sips of pilsners, ales, stouts and other brews. Classic beer glasses hold eight ounces of beer, identified by imprinted numbers in the board’s cutout wells that can also hold beer caps.

Bring the right food gift

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Gourmet hot chocolate and marshmallows are a party-gifting power couple. Image: Williams Sonoma

Resist the urge to stop at a grocery store on your way to the party to pick up a few dozen cookies in a clear plastic box. To be a party guest that every host loves, plan ahead with a thoughtful food gift that will last after the festivities are over. Your food gift doesn’t have to be extravagant — look for pre-paired sets like gourmet hot chocolate and marshmallows,  or create your own set with a few indulgences for the holiday season.

A gift for the morning after the party

Brunch party pastry gifts

No need to cook after a big party with a of gift of breakfast treats. Image: Williams Sonoma

After the party winds down and the guests go home, your breakfast gift will be remembered as the most thoughtful. No matter how many guests pitch in to clean up after the party, the kitchen is never quite ready for breakfast the next morning — unless a clever guest (you) brought the perfect gift. When choosing a holiday hostess gift for the next morning, go with baked goods that need no preparation.

You can also check out our list of hostess gift ideas under $25. Do you have additional holiday hostess gift ideas? Let us know in the comments.

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