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Designer Deb Nelson doesn’t overhaul her home’s decor at Christmas, as you might expect. In fact, she does quite the opposite. “I like to work with what I have,” she says, “and add in a few touches here and there.” There are only a couple of special items that appear in her home during the holidays (a red woollen blanket and two antique wooden luges)—the rest comes from the outdoors: fresh holly in a vase on the coffee table, a bowl filled with red berries on the dining table and boughs of evergreen woven around the banister and mantel, tied with red ribbon bows. “I like to use what I can get my hands on right near my space,” says Nelson. “It feels like bringing the outside in.” The result is a classic holiday look that works seamlessly in a home with tons of character.
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