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How Dorinda Medley Makes Her Home “Nice” for the Holidays

December 06, 2017
by HG Guest

Entertaining and Recipes Kitchen and Dining Seasonal Decor

Everyone knows I cook, clean, decorate and make it nice. As a mom and member of Bravo’s Real Housewives of NYC cast, I love any reason to celebrate! I can’t help but jump right into holiday decorating and what better way to do that then to get some new holiday décor inspiration? You know what that means… time to go shopping! My decorations go-to: HomeGoods, of course!

For me, holiday décor needs to evoke feelings of “old Christmas” and memories of days gone by. I love traditional, colorful and old fashion pieces –  the more color, the better I like it! The holidays in New York City (and the Berkshires!) are my absolute favorite time of year.

No matter how big or how small your space or your holiday gathering, it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but in my experience, decorating is easier than you think with the right inspiration! The holidays are the perfect time to get together with friends and family, so I’ve laid out five tips for creating a show-stopping holiday space:

Tip #1: Mix Traditional with Glitzy

For my Christmas tree, I love traditional, large old fashion lights bulbs and a mix of glitzy fun ornaments. In the Berkshires, I am able to decorate outside of my home so I really try to have fun with my Christmas tree at my apartment, it’s my centerpiece in the space. I went to HomeGoods this year to refresh my ornament collection and found a London tour bus ornament which I am so excited about, London has such a special place in my heart having lived there for 10 years.


Photo by Matt Harrington


Photo by Matt Harrington


Photo by Matt Harrington

Tip #2: Create a Faux Mantle

At my NYC apartment, I don’t have a fireplace so each year I like to create a faux mantle in my living room where I’ll hang stockings and decorate with fake snow. My favorite part of my mantle this year are the gorgeous glass figurines I found at HomeGoods. The reindeer is my favorite!


Photo by Matt Harrington


Photo by Matt Harrington


Photo by Matt Harrington


Photo by Matt Harrington

Tip #3: Dress Up the Window Sills

In addition to my mantle, I also love to dress up my window sill. This year I went with a snow village theme of various trees and adorable caroling people. My favorite is Mrs. Clause, she reminds me of my grandmother, which makes me so happy!

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Photo by Matt Harrington

Tip #4: Embrace the Statement Piece

My absolute favorite piece in my home this year is the old fashion Christmas TV set. I want to live inside of it! It sings, moves and reminds me of my favorite part about the holiday season, the Christmas spirit. I know Santa isn’t real but for those moments where you really believe, it feels so magical and brings back important memories of cooking, entertaining and being with family.


Photo by Matt Harrington 

Tip #5: Elevate Your Tablescape with Seasonal Pops

Everyone knows I love to cook, clean, decorate and make it nice so when guests come over I want to be prepared. In my dining room, I turned my buffet table into a beautiful spread complete with freshly baked holiday cookies, fun cocktails and beautiful florals. I love fresh flowers, they instantly lift my mood.


Photo by Matt Harrington


Photo by Matt Harrington 


Photo by Matt Harrington

And that’s a wrap – I hope my tips inspire you to decorate your home and make it nice!


Photo by Matt Harrington 

Dorinda Medley is a paid HomeGoods partner.