Move Over, Mariah! This Celeb with 36 Trees in Her House Might be the New Queen of Christmas

updated Dec 19, 2019
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Celebs: they’re just like us! Well, except when it comes to decorating for the holidays, amongst other things. In theory, I want to go all out, but I’m not going to pretend that I have the time, space, or energy to even come close to what “The Real” host Adrienne Bailon Houghton, who partnered with HomeGoods, did in her home this season.

It all started with a cool 36 Christmas trees: Four big faux guys in the living room, one faux rose gold beauty in the guest bedroom, and an army of decorative tabletop trees used all around the house. Even if you can’t go this over the top, you can steal some of Bailon Houghton’s ideas for some last-minute decorating at your place. Here are the three things I learned from taking a look at her HomeGoods-festooned space.

Let One Special Piece Inspire Your Theme

Your point of reference for holiday decorating doesn’t have to be something traditional like a jingle bell, holly, or snowman. “The decor theme for my dining room was inspired by a beautiful, decorative mother of pearl star I found in HomeGoods for just $10,” says Bailon Houghton. “I incorporated a few of each size on the mantle and the center of the dining table alongside other ceramic and glass tabletop trees.” So if you like something, go for it, even if it’s a non-traditional tree or something that’s not in an overtly holiday palette. You’ll get more bang for your buck that way in the off-season, when you trot some of your “holiday” goodies back out for a mid-winter dinner party.

Choose Texture Over Pattern

Chunky cable knit and fuzzy accessories are the easiest-ever way to holiday up your space. “There’s nothing like cozying up by the fire during the holiday season,” says Bailon Houghton. “I’m in love with anything faux fur.” Instead of doubling down on busy patterns and prints, shop for textural throw blankets, pillows, and even Christmas stockings like Bailon Houghton did. These pieces will add a festive touch to your space without cluttering it up visually. It’s much easier to find a focal point in a room or to spotlight a special vignette when certain details recede a little into your space.

Put a Tree in an Unlikely Spot

Who says you can’t put a tree in your bedroom? No one! It makes for an extra festive, welcoming touch, especially in a guest room when you’re hosting overnight company. That’s exactly what Bailon Houghton did for her mother, and the end result couldn’t be prettier. She snagged her trendy rose gold tree at HomeGoods for just $150, but you could easily do something like this on a smaller scale on a table top or even make a faux tree. Remember: Little holiday touches can make a big difference.