5. Candice Olson
Experiment with staircase decorating.
"In many homes, the staircase takes centre stage when guests enter the foyer," says Toronto designer and TV host Candice Olson. "This can be the perfect showcase for some truly inspired holiday decor. Instead of using the traditional garland, try out some new ideas. Hang wreaths at regularly spaced intervals, loop metallic tulle or netting with clear lights and accent with swags of fresh greenery, or if your stairs are wide enough, place small potted poinsettias or mini Christmas trees on each tread. If you receive lots of holiday greeting cards but don't know how to display them, try pinning the cards to a decorative ribbon running the length of the banister. With just a little imagination, your staircase will shine with holiday inspiration!"