Five Smart Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Holiday Decorating

Our innkeepers share tips on how to invest your time and talents wisely, and they offer tips on how this year’s decisions can make next year simpler, too.

Chances are, you’re just like our innkeepers, juggling a busy to-do list but passionate about creating an environment for making memories. The pros at the 16 Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association inns all agree on one strategy: Get the “bang for the buck” out of your decorating investment. Here’s how.

  • Keep it focused. Concentrate your decorations on a FEW key focal points that everyone will see…a mantel, banister, doorway or dining table – you pick the place – instead of trying to decorate.
Stairway at Engadine Inn-Decorated for the Holidays

Swags of fresh greenery and wired ribbon make a simple, elegant statement at Engadine Inn and Cabins at Honey Hill


Holiday Decorations on window at Bed of Roses B&B

A cheerful window does double duty at Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast. Greenery, stars handing from the window sills, pine cones, ribbon and the glow of a period lamp welcome visitors as they approach the home and once inside, too.


  • Keep it simple. Combine natural elements from the garden…pine boughs, holly branches, and seasonally colorful plants like nandina with colorful ribbons, fabrics and artificial elements to make garlands, wreaths and arrangements. The clippings can also be composted after the holidays.
Holiday Wreath on door at Carolina B&B

Pine garland frames the doorway at Carolina Bed & Breakfast. The innkeepers wired perky fresh holly springs into the pine wreath for extra color and texture.


Mantel decorated for the holidays at Engadine Inn

Three artificial trees from the innkeepers collection are paired with fresh greenery and keepsake pieces to make a welcoming kitchen mantel at Engadine Inn and Cabins at Honey Hill


Christmas decorations at Bed of Roses

A fresh poinsettia flanks each side of an elegant Victorian sofa to create a sophisticated vignette at A Bed of Roses Bed and Breakfast.


Dry Ridge Inn - Holiday Garlands In The Snow_480x360

Dry Ridge Inn Bed and Breakfast welcomes visitors with swags of fresh pine garland and simple red ribbons on their picket fence.

  • Keep it lit. Consider adding simple lighting elements…LED candles or fixtures, flood lighting or pre-lit accessories…to add “punch” without adding effort. String lighting, while traditional and pretty to look at, takes extra time to install, maintain and strike. Decide what is worth it to you as you consider your decorating options.
Holiday candle decorations at Carolina B&B

Carolina Bed & Breakfast started with a glass pedestal, added a wicker wreath, and wove in fresh ivy and berries, creating the perfect nook for a candle.

  • Keep scents and sounds in your plan. Consider how you can enhance the holiday mood you’re creating with soothing aromas and seasonal music. Candles, sticks of cinnamon or scented pinecones and oil diffusers all lend fragrance to your home….as does “real” fresh-baked goodies coming from the oven. Stick with one primary scent, and be careful not to overpower sensitive guests.
  • Keep maintenance in mind. Indoors, create decorations that are easy to maintain and keep tidy. Eliminate out-of-reach options that collect dust and are hard to clean. Anything that requires a ladder or crawling on your hands and knees might not be worth the effort.
  • Keep your “end game” in mind. As you decorate, consider how you will dismantle and store decorations for future use. Consider packing and labeling decor elements by room to make next year’s decorating easier.


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