Interior Design

Shea McGee reveals her 3 favorite Christmas decorations – and how to style them at home

The designer sits down with H&G to discuss the only festive staples you need to know about this season

Shea McGee's Christmas decorations
(Image credit: Shea McGee / Studio McGee)

Dream Home Makeover star Shea McGee has reset the bar for home decor design – and Christmas is no exception. Therefore, when the designer sat down with H&G, it was inevitable that we discovered the three staples behind her festive scheme. And naturally, Shea didn’t disappoint. 

Shea McGee’s three favorite Christmas decorations 

What do her favorite Christmas decorating ideas involve? Here, Shea reveals how to bring the Studio McGee look into your home.

1. Dress your mantel with a faux garland

Shea McGee's Christmas decorations

(Image credit: Shea McGee / Studio McGee)

The designer begins with a ‘faux, mess-free garland for draping on everything from mantels to stairwells,’ as seen in her mantelscape above. Secondly, she suggests picking up ‘time-worn golden bells [that add] character to a tree or styled in a vignette.’ 

Lastly, Shea recommends grouping sculptural trees to bring a ‘festive feeling to any corner.’ 

2. Experiment with festive accents  

Shea McGee's Christmas decorations

(Image credit: Shea McGee / Studio McGee)

Garlands and golden bells are amongst Shea’s top three Christmas living room decor ideas – but how does she style them in the McGee household? The key is in the textures. 

In her blog (opens in new tab), Shea adds that alongside garlands and bells, you can ‘add festivity to each vignette with textural mini trees’ and soft furnishings that have a subtle nod to the holidays. 

‘Switching out your throws and pillows to more seasonal ones can go a long way, but they don’t have to be embroidered with reindeers and Santa Clause to feel festive,’ Shea explains. Instead, she suggests ‘incorporating velvet, wool, and knit textures to add a pretty, streamlined look.’

3. Balance big statements with small furnishings 

Shea McGee's Christmas decorations

(Image credit: Shea McGee / Studio McGee)

While bells and garlands may sound wholly transformative, Shea adds that these ‘small moments’ are essential for creating a balance between the larger focal points. 

For example, when considering Christmas hallway decor ideas, you can add ‘cheer to your bookshelves’ by adding ornaments in a bowl – to create the right first impression over the holidays. This is the most sociable season, after all. 

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 You can continue to take inspiration from Shea, long after festivities conclude. In Make Life Beautiful, the designer and husband Syd share how they built their business – and how to bring their sought-after aesthetic into your home (at all points of the year).

Megan Slack
News Editor

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.