Hilary Farr's Holiday Decorating Tips: Quick Study

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HILARY FARR DECORATING TIPS
Designer Hilary Farr, who also acts as one of the hosts on 'Love It Or List It', gives us her tips on making your home welcoming during the holidays. | Hilary Farr

Quick Study [kwik stuhd-ee]: The Huffington Post Canada's tips to make your life a little sweeter, five minutes at a time. Think of it as a cheatsheet for your general well-being.

For the next 30 days, we're checking out how to take a break from your busy holiday schedule and relax -- in unexpected ways.

THE EXPERT:

The Huffington Post Canada talked to designer Hilary Farr, one of the hosts of W Network's Love It Or List It, on ways to spice up your home during the holidays.

How do you suggest taking a break from the stresses of the holidays?
I am the worst procrastinator of all but I have found tricks to help me have fun entertaining without being totally frazzled and cranky. Rather than actively plan, I imagine how I want my house to look. Once I have locked in the visual, I can hit the shops and be done in no time, knowing pretty much exactly what I am looking for, rather than aimlessly and hopelessly walking the aisles hoping to be inspired rather than intimidated by all the choices.

Here are Farr's tips for hosting a holiday party this season.

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There's Always That One House In Your Neighborhood That Takes Holiday Decorating Too Seriously.

HUFFPOST SECRETS:

For many, the living room can become the most important room in your home if you're hosting a party. Here are some tips on decorating your mantel.

People gather around the fireplace to open gifts, entertain friends and swap old stories, which is why decorating that area becomes essential. Tip: When decorating a mantel, you have to be concerned with the space above and below it too. The large reindeer on the ground and the hanging ornaments above keep this display balanced. Read the other tips here.

How do you decorate your home during the holidays? Do you have Christmas lights to outshine all your neighbours or create your own wreaths for your door? Let us know on Twitter at @HuffPostCaLiv or in the comments below.

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