Kara Whitten is the brains behind A Kailo Chic Life and Kailo Chic. She loves anything bright, colorful, and patterned, and her blog features her passion for cooking, gardening, designing accessories, DIY projects, and interior design!
Learn more about Kara and her decorating ideas in our exclusive interview:
TT: Best decorating advice you want to share with your readers?
Kara: Just try it! I find so many people that are afraid to take the first step and try out their ideas. I can usually come up with some idea that I think will look good, but it really takes trying it out and seeing it in person to really know if it works. And once you have tried it, you are better apt to know what to tweak to make it just perfect.
TT: What room or specific area of the home do you find most challenging to decorate for the holidays? Any tips on styling this specific area?
Kara: I love adding holiday decor to most rooms (my kids even have their own mini colored trees for Christmas), but the room that I tend to have difficulty in decorating for the holiday is the kitchen. I know I could probably add a few themed kitchen towels and maybe a cookie jar or two, but my kitchen is fairly minimal and I don’t have a lot of counter space for decor items.
TT: How did you decide on the color combination for your tree?
Kara: I had a bunch of ideas on styles that could work for the tree, but I really had to wait until it arrived to make my final choice. As soon as I saw it, I just knew that this was a party tree. It was glitzy and glamorous and was just calling for some more sparkle in the form of mixed metals and geometric shapes.
TT: What was the most challenging aspect of decorating in Technicolor?
Kara: Decorating in Technicolor was not really a challenge for me so to speak. I love color and decorate it with all the time, but the gold and black ombre of my tree, stopped me in my tracks. I found that my usual go-to of color just didn’t work like I wanted it to, and that is when I decided that the different metal colors would work nicely with the colors in the tree itself and really play up the party vibe this tree has going on.
TT: Decorating advice for your readers who want to decorate in Technicolor for the holidays?
Kara: Go for it! Choose anything. Even a rainbow tree looks good. Or look for some wrapping paper that calls to you and use the colors from that. There really is no wrong way to decorate a tree. If you love it and the things that you trim it with speak to you, then that is all you need!
TT: After the Design Council, which of your decorating projects/blog posts are you most excited for?
Kara: I am so excited to show off all my other Christmas decor around my house. I have 4 main areas that I am decorating for Christmas and each has its own theme and colors. I love my built-in shelves and the colors scheme of pink, mint, red, and gold that I used to decorate them. I am also in love with my very traditional living room and mantel. Basically, it is hard for me to choose just one color scheme at Christmas, so I incorporate them all!