The festive styling trick Nate Berkus uses to get his home ready for the holidays

This Nate Berkus-approved ornament styling trick is super simple, but incredibly effective

christmas tree with ornaments in a bowl
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When it comes to getting your home holiday-ready, interior designer Nate Berkus has a smart trick he uses each year to fill his home with a little festive sparkle. 

Nate Berkus shot to fame as one of the most famous interior designers in the US after first appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002. Since then he has featured in a number of interior design TV shows, including The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project which launched this year on HGTV. 

In a number of interviews over the years Nate has revealed that filling a series of bowls with metallic ornaments is the Christmas decorating idea he uses to get his own home holiday-ready.

Nate Berkus

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Rather than filling every surface with festive greenery and sparkly decorations, the interior design says he prefers a more refined holiday approach.

‘A holiday look can be as simple as hanging a garland of white lights on a staircase and setting metallic ornaments in silver bowls on top of a table,’ he said in an interview with Marie Clare.

In a segment for the Rachel Ray Show, Nate’s partner Jeremiah Brent revealed that the couple also uses the silver bowl trick as part of their holiday dinner table ideas.

Christmas dining room table scene neutral modern rustic by Neptune

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Placing a silver bowl down on the table, Jeremiah explains that they are filled with a mix of ornaments and geodes they have collected. ‘They give beautiful ambient lighting and are rich in texture. You just put them in a simple silver bowl.’

The trick might sound simple, but it is a cost-effective way to create a lovely display with the crockery you use all year round. Nate isn’t the only interior designer to employ the bauble bowl trick, Shea McGee is also a fan.

In a recent post on the Studio McGee blog, Shea revealed that she was going to be branching out from only putting ornaments on the Christmas tree this year.

Baubles and decorations on a sideboard


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‘This year, we’re styling ours in bowls, adding them to stockings for extra personality, and even using smaller ornaments as the finishing touch on our gifts wrapped under the tree!’ she says.

If you are tempted to try styling your own bauble bowl we expect The White Company Black Friday sale will have plenty of lovely vessels and ornaments to stock up on. However, the beauty of this tip is that you can achieve it with things you already have lying around your home.

So start digging through your ornaments and start decorating with baubles like an interior designer this year.

Rebecca Knight

I am the News Editor on Livingetc.com. I have worked as an interiors journalist since graduating with a Masters's in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2018. I started out my career working on women's weekly magazines but made the shift to digital journalism in 2019 to join the Ideal Home website team as a news and features writer. 

During that time I nurtured my love of interiors and trends, and received a nomination as AOP Digital Publishing Rising Star 2020. Outside of work I love to sew, knit, and try my hand at a range of new crafts, I am currently dabbling in ceramics. I can't think of a better way to spend my weekend than browsing a haberdashery or antiques fair for hidden design treasures.