The key to successful holiday decorating is to stick to a color theme (gold and silver, red and blue, pink and white) or a style theme (musical decorations, childrens’ toys, beach ornaments, an outdoorsy/nature look, etc.) A mish-mash of holiday decorations in every room with scattered vignettes everywhere is generally disconcerting and overwhelming. Feel free to choose different themes for different rooms, but keep each room cohesive in design if you want visitors to get that “ooh-aah” feeling. Another rule of thumb for holiday decor is to cluster the icicles, holiday houses, globes, poinsettias, etc. in a grouping for dramatic effect instead of spreading them out everywhere. Go big or go home! Choose over-sized wreaths, tree toppers, wide garlands, lots of similar lights, and large classic (please not tacky) outdoor decor like giant nutcracker soldiers or lit arborvitae in giant urns over small items that just make a yard and house look cluttered or under-whelming. Think “Frontgate” and you’ll have the right idea.