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Our new interior design columnist offers these five festively fabulous ways to bring the beauty of the holidays into your home.

Our design columnist offers five tips for decorating for Christmas.

Pile on the Plaid

Use plaid for a classic old school take on Holiday Cheer. Today, plaid is a bit of a maverick pattern with an affluent hipster preppiness. All the cool kids are doing it! Haha! But seriously, it’s everywhere and I’m a fan so piling it up with pillows, throw blankets, comforters, bows, ornaments, table runners, towels etc. Avoid only using one pattern, don’t be afraid to mix and match plaids of varying sizes and scales. The easiest and most budget-friendly way to incorporate plaid into your Christmas is by ribbon.

 

Merry Mailbox

This simple Christmas decoration is an easy way to spruce up your front yard for the holiday season. Wrap ribbon loosely around a pine garland and drape the garland around the mailbox, securing with a flexible, thin wire or fishing line where necessary. Add a few artificial berries on each side for a final touch. All season your mailbox will be a classy welcome for guests and the mail deliver will enjoy it too.

Put Out Christmas Lanterns
Greet guests in style by arranging a grouping of festive candleholders and lanterns at your entryway for quick and easy holiday style. We love this technique because it is very versatile. Choose lantern sets in elegant shades of gold and deep reds for a more upscale effect. Arrange large, sturdy candles for a warm glow.  Consider using flameless candles as a worry-free alternative to regular pillars.

Decorate Pendant Lights
It’s Christmas eve and your guests wander in the kitchen gravitating towards the smell of a special meal or desert. Decorating pendants with garland is perfect when entertaining as the host can be the center of the festivities. Use natural or pre-made garland with pine cones, berries and small branches. Grab a ladder, and dress up pendant lights in a kitchen or over an island with festive evergreen garland. Using wire, simply secure the garland to the extended lights.

Magical String Lights
String lights work wonders inside the home. They have a secret weapon of sorts because every twinkling strand does something magical. I’m not even sure what it is but it’s an intriguing and captivating statement. And, there are so many ways that you can use them to dress up a place in a modern, chic way. Draping them evenly or casually in a corner of a room. They can create ambient light perfect for those special holiday moments filled with love and family.

Merry Christmas from Tyson Designs!

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Get a look inside this recently renovated ranch that's in the heart of Hyde Park, hidden away on a private drive but with walkability to the Square, for this week's Listing of the Week!

Located in the idyllic neighborhood of Hyde Park is this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home listed at $1,399,999. With over 3,100 square feet of living space, you can live in style luxury on the prestigious private lane of Hill and Hollow. The completely renovated ranch is at the heart of Hyde Park and has walkability to the Square as well as just about everything else in the neighborhood. There are top-notch finishes throughout the home, luscious landscaping, privacy, and more. Check it out for yourself! 

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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You don't want to miss this luxury home in the heart of Over-the-Rhine! Click here to see more!

Find all the amentities and quality you’d expect in this custom-built, John Hueber home located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. Listed at $1.495 million, this beautiful home features 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 3,582 square feet of space. This luxury home has quality Andersen windows, a gourmet kitchen, custom closets, high-end window treatments, and even high-quality crystal and porcelain door knobs. The home is also LEED Silver certified and a Control4 Smart Home, tax abatement pending. 

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

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Get ready to dream, Chic'ers as you get a peek inside this $3.35 million 10,944 sq. ft. luxury Coldstream home for this week's Listing of the Week!

Your dream home awaits at 7855 Ayers Road in Cincinnati’s Coldstream neighborhood. Listing at $3.35 million, this 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom home has 10,944 square feet. Scroll through the photo to see more of what this beautiful home has to offer!

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

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Our new interior design columnist shares four enlightening ways to light up a room.

Who doesn’t love when you walk in a room and are impressed with the lighting choices and the atmosphere it creates. It’s all planned that way to excite your senses and say something about the style of the space. Here are 4 ways that lighting can really make or break your interiors!

1. Staying on Task

Task lighting helps you perform tasks like cooking a meal or reading in bed. Your notice if there isn’t enough light in a room or if it’s not placed exactly where they need it!  Use undermount lighting in the kitchen, puck lights in bookcases, pharmacy lights near side chairs in living room and table or floor lamps next to your furniture.  And don’t forget that it’s ideal that it coordinates with your décor or creates that pop of color in the room.

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2. Setting the Mood

Ambient lighting is important in every room.  Table and floor lamps with a shade (especially darker shades) softens the lighting effect creating calmness and a sense of comfort. Layer your rooms with overhead task lighting, accent light from puck lights or rope lighting and lamps.  You even have options of colors red, blue, green, yellow, or white in LED strip and can be controlled with your smart phone to blink or fade in and out.  Have fun with creating a mood for your rooms and watch how it transforms your life.  Imagine and ask yourself what does “My happy place” feel like?  Warm, or bold, calm or wild? 

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3. Adjustable Settings

Dimmer switches are one of the best inventions for setting the moodThere is beauty in the function of being able to set the brightness of the room by a switch.  So whether you want to work from home or host a dinner party in the dining room the lighting will be perfect.  If you can I’d put this upgrade in every room of the home.  It’s just a little thing that adds to the experience of daily life. Why you’re at it… upgrade to outlets with USB.  

4. Color and Warmth

Pay close attention to the color of the bulbs especially now that LED is so in demand. LED can be specified as daylight and tends to shine with a blue tint or lean more yellowPeople like the efficiency of LED and the brightness it provides. Certain tasks such as a daylight experience in the kitchen but in the bedroom or theater room it may be better for warmer light that creates a cozy glow. Each room should only have one color temperature. Test out a few light bulbs to see which you prefer.  

 

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Read on for a peek inside this Columbia-Tusculum home with an open-concept kitchen, wine cellar and expansive outdoor space perfect for entertaining.

You don’t want to miss this beautiful, white colonial home in Columbia/Tusculum/Mt. Lookout! Listed at $1.1 million, this home sits on 1.7 acres off a private lane. There’s an updated kitchen with granite countertops, a 5-burner gas cooktop, and double sink to give you an updated feel in a classic home. The kitchen is also open to the family room with a wall of windows looking out onto a landscaped yard. There’s even a 350-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar. With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, this home built in 1865 is one you won’t want to miss.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

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Breathtaking views, a pool oasis, and stylish mid-century design makes this a one in a million home (well, technically, $2.5 million). Click here for a sneak peek inside this Listing of the Week!

To say this home is a one-in-a-million is an understatement. Priced at $2.5 million, this Mid-Century modern home in Hyde Park offers river and city views that are unlike any other. The home has been extensively restored with the highest of standards. The home is also the winner of multiple architectural and design awards. Nestled in the hillside, the home offers owners a wonderful sense of privacy with indoor and outdoor living at its finest.  this amazing home has 3 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Built in 1952, there are 3 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms for the ultimate luxury living experience.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views in this Mt. Adams abode that features five levels and nearly 4,500-square-feet of living space!

This Mt. Adams home is for the buyer who’s earned it. Enjoy sophisticated urban living in this 3 bedroom, 5 bathroom home that offers sweeping and panoramic views. There is nearly 4,5000-square-feet of living space on 5 levels with multiple outdoor balances.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

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Fountains, riverbank, spa-like bathrooms, vaulted ceilings and stained glass galore! Click to take a peek inside one of the city's most prestigious estates.

Located in the California neighborhood at $1.75 million, this exquisite estate features spectacular views of the California golf course and lakes. It’s nestled on 5+ acres in a private enclave of 9 homes. The home features lovely architectural details throughout, ornate crown moldings, coffered ceilings, elegant antique fireplaces imported from Europe, a solarium with the interior foundation, a 1,600-square-foot Great Room for entertaining with a 20-foot diameter stained-glass, backlit ceiling dome. The laundry features heated floors, a gift wrapping station, and an office. An exterior Haddonstone foundation and planters adorn the landscaped estate, which also boasts a 9-car garage. The home is located minutes from Lunken Airport and downtown Cincinnati, tucked away on a private, gated drive. The home recently underwent extensive renovations, with many custom features. In addition to the 8,000-square-feet of finished living space, the home also offers 5,500-square-feet of a partially finished basement. The sun-filled home has abundant nature and wildlife, and is a bird-watcher’s paradise.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

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We found a beautiful French Normandy home on one of Hyde Park's most sought-after streets! Click here to check out the Listing of the Week!

Looking for a home in one of Hyde Park’s most sought-after streets? Run, don’t walk, to this listing at 3573 Baynard Drive. This $1 million, 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom French Normandy home features 3,150-square-feet of comfort and luxury. The home is a short walk to more than 100+ restaurants in the area. The home features a rare open floor plan for entertaining, a large deck overlooking 1.3 acres of lush green space with unusual privacy, an oversized 2-car garage, attractive weeping brick, a wrought iron staircase, and the fourth bedroom has a walkout.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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