‘Tis the Season for Decorating Ideas

It is my favorite time of year as my team and I add finishing touches to our Christmas Junior Service League Tour of Homes house. I have been so blessed to participate in this event for the past 10 years. As a designer I can display my God given talent and help raise money for local Cherokee County charities. Click here for the tour information.

In 1997 the Woodstock Junior Service League introduced this event, and since its inauguration the league has raised over $330,000 to improve the lives of Cherokee County families. The Tour typically showcases 4-5 local homes that are professionally decorated by local interior designers. Tour goers will observe an array of ideas to inspire them with their holiday decorating this coming season.

4-Holiday-DecorAs one of the featured designers, I work closely with the homeowners. When I first observe their home I search for an inspiration or theme and get to know each of their personalities. Once I have a theme, I can carry it throughout the house to create a cohesive and comfortable environment. My work is a combination of the owner’s holiday decor and an introduction of the newest ideas in holiday design. This allows the owner’s personality and holiday traditions to be incorporated while giving old ornaments a fresh, chic look.

What I enjoy most about designing for the holidays is the unexpected. Year round decorating is a little more traditional and expected, while holiday decor is a wonderful time to be creative and have fun. Ornaments hanging from the bathroom ceiling, garland draped over the curtain rod, or a wreath hung over a mirror or window are just a few examples of the unexpected. A touch of holiday in every room is always a must.domino-magazine-holiday-decor-LG

Every year I research the newest trends for the seasons so that I can bring them to you firsthand. It is not necessary to run out and purchase new holiday bling every year; it is all about how you introduce it to what you already own. I always find it interesting how designers in the tour use traditional items in a new way. Just by moving your decor around from year to year can give it a new look. Try hanging “old” ornaments that you would typically hang from hooks on the boughs of the tree from ribbons in a window or from the garland this year.  Those “old” ornaments will have new life and become a conversational piece.

This year the Holiday Tour of Homes will be held on November 9th and 10th. I am pleased to be working with developer Tony Perry in his new model home in The Villages at Towne Lake. This is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season — and for a fantastic cause. I hope to see you there, and tell me Scoop sent you!


Shelley Herod is the owner and designer for Designing Women, LLC from Woodstock, Georgia. She has been a local designer for the past 20 years. She graduated from Butler University  with a degree in merchandising and design. Shelley is a certified home stager and recently was selected by Executive Who’s Who. She is the veteran interior designer to the Junior Service League of Woodstock Christmas Home Tour, where she has been active for the past 10 years. She also works with wedding and special event venues as design coordinator to make dreams become reality. Designing Women is an active member of the The Atlanta Bridal Connection. Shelley can be reached at (770) 235-5640 or on her Facebook page: Designing Women.