The celebrity holiday decorating team of Bob Pranga and Debi Staron, also known as Dr. Christmas, create eye-popping décor in the homes of big-time celebs. To inspire your own holiday decorating this season, we bring you their tips and tricks.
Kathy Hilton: Deck the Stairs
Chances are you don’t have a staircase with quite as much space around it as the Hilton home’s grand spiral staircase. But you can get a similar look by placing larger standing decorations to serve as statement pieces at the base of the stairs. This makes for a dramatic focal point in a heavily trafficked area of the home that can’t be missed.
Use Ribbon Consistently
Using the same ribbon when decorating several areas within one room helps achieve a designer look, advises Dr. Christmas. Use wired ribbon for a pro effect. Manipulate it into a variety of looks, like large bows with multiple loops, smaller bows with fewer loops, and scalloped patterns -- or just use snippets throughout your tree.
Goldie Hawn: Go for the Gold
Dr. Christmas’ tree design for Goldie Hawn was -- appropriately -- all done in gold, with balls, beads, picks, ribbons and skirt decked out in the same hue.
Get a similar monochromatic look, and execute a designer feel by varying the size and shape of your ornaments. To complete the look, carry the theme color to surrounding areas, as Dr. Christmas did for Goldie with nearby tabletop decorations and even wrapping paper.
If you want to breathe new life into the idea next year without buying everything from scratch, just pick up some of one other color ornament -- maybe introduce some green into the mix. Follow that up by swapping out the green for some new red balls the following year. This way you won't go over budget by trying to buy an entire tree's ornaments at once, and you'll build a collection you can pull from for years to come.
Leeza Gibbons: Make it a White Christmas
Dr. Christmas created an icy look to transform Leeza Gibbons’ dining room into a wow-worthy party room. The look’s not for everyone but you can getthe look with some pieces of fur, rolls of cotton batting and birch trees.
To make seating more functional and to save money, cut pieces of fur and attach only to the backs of the chairs. Lay pieces of cotton batting on top of tables, then sprinkle a small amount of bagged snow on top. Take care if children are around: It’s a potential mess as well as safety hazard, Dr. Christmas advises. Finish off the look by hanging plastic or glass icicles.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.