Tis the Season for Holiday Parties!

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If you enjoy entertaining friends and family in your home, this is definitely your season to shine. Whether you love throwing cookie baking parties, gift wrapping get-togethers, or hosting your family’s big holiday soiree, there are a number of ways to ensure your kitchen maximizes it’s party potential!

Open Concept Layout

While there may be only so much you can do about the layout and design of your space, if you are building or remodeling there are certain options that are better for entertaining than others. An open kitchen/living area design is often considered the pinnacle of designing to entertain. The open layout allows host and guests to intermingle easily and keeps everyone from getting separated from the group, or isolated in small rooms.

This L-shaped island with the 2 level countertop and bar create a beautiful space for guests to congregate away from the ample work space on the opposite wall. The built-in wine fridge further maximizes the efficiency of the space and is considered a must-have for the avid entertainer.
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Ample counter space and seating are key elements when designing to entertain. This kitchen has space for multiple food and drink service stations. The large island, located slightly off-center, will help avoid possible traffic jams in busy areas. Modern Gray Kitchen Features Dark Gray Flat Front CabinetsPhoto: Donco Designs

Surface Potential

You go to a lot of effort decorating and prepping for your holiday events. You don’t want that all to go to waste because all anyone can see are dirty or damaged counters. Check out our post on the pros and cons of different countertop materials to see what will work best for you.

Granite is a great countertop choice if you plan on doing a lot of entertaining. It’s beautiful, durable, and easy to clean. It’s also naturally heat and water resistant, meaning you won’t have to worry about guests inadvertently damaging your counters.christmas-home-tour-2015-10-e1513701873820.pngPhoto: What Rose Knows
If space allows, having dual islands is ideal for the entertainers home. This kitchen has one island obviously designated as a work space with a sink and another large island perfect for a large food spread or beverage station.101860761.jpgPhoto: Traditional Home

Decking the Halls

One of the most fun parts of the holiday season is decorating the house! Whether you plan on hosting people in your home or not, holiday decorations always make you feel more festive.

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However you celebrate,  Prestige Marble & Granite wishes you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. And we are always here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

 

Inspiring Holiday Decor: Merry Mantels

The mantel is often the easiest place to add some instant holiday cheer. Look no further to find inspiration for your holiday decor.

This mantel is so bright and festive! Fresh fruit has a way of making any room inviting.

Traditional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design

This elegant mantel decor in traditional red, green and gold is perfect against the rich wood tones of this enclosed living space.

Traditional Living Room by San Diego Interior Designers & Decorators Robeson Design
This living room mantel is proof that Christmas decor can successfully include vivid, bold, nontraditional colors.
Traditional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design
Fresh greenery, twigs and bright red accents give this farmhouse mantel a cheerful and inviting vibe.
Contemporary Living Room by Tacoma Interior Designers & Decorators It’s The Little Things…

Blue, white and silver feels as fresh and natural as a Christmas palette in this pretty space.

Contemporary Living Room

Again, proof that nontraditional Christmas colors can work beautifully, even in a very formal room such as this.

Mediterranean Living Room by Houston Interior Designers & Decorators Regina Gust Designs

Perfect holiday decor for a rustic family room!

Rustic Family Room by Gettysburg Media & Bloggers Mustard Seed Interiors
Avoid an overstimulating holiday season by opting for the clean, fresh look of white and silver.
Traditional Family Room

The birdseed wreath is a quirky twist on holiday decor, but it somehow fits right in with a mantel decked out in raditional greenery and silver mercury glass.

Eclectic Living Room by Charleston Interior Designers & Decorators Stephanie Woody

Understated Elegance – add unadorned greenery to decorative items like old books and urns for a beautiful, natural look.

Traditional Living Room by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Donna DuFresne Interior Design

While red berries are typically used as decorative “garnish,” wrapping them with a simple string of white lights, and pairing them with pinecones and white candles, allows the berries to stand on their own.

Traditional Family Room by Port Perry Kitchen & Bath Designers Sandra Howie