1. Sloan Mauran
Give in to a kid-friendly tree.
Designer Sloan Mauran enjoys the team effort of holiday decorating: "Since I have a home office, we're really like more of a family when the holidays approach. We have an office decorating blitz day along with Christmas carol playing and a yule log cake. Many hands make light work and it turns what could be a tedious decorating chore into a fun activity for everyone."
"Over the years, I have tried many different tree themes. One year it was homemade cookies tied on with ribbons (way too much work). So the next year was all different sized silver balls. Then the next was red satin ribbons tied to the branches. But since having my daughter, I have stuck to more of a homespun theme for my tree — she loves the nostalgia of opening the boxes of ornaments and remembering all our past Christmases. We also always add a photo ornament for each year to see how much she's grown. One benefit of a homespun aesthetic is that children's homemade ornaments tie in quite nicely," she says.