This year we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). Next up is Jay, the man behind the visual design in our stores. If anyone can share a thing or two about decorating for the season without going all tinsel and candy canes, it’s him. (Not that we have anything against tinsel and candy canes…)
“I’m a firm believer in over-accessorizing—which means I have a lot of jewelry. Since I was running out of space for it, I resorted to using almost anything I could find as a jewelry holder. My favorite of the bunch? Wine bottles as bracelet holders!” —Aimee Song, Song of Style
Take a glance at our Amsterdam shoot on madewell.com and you’ll notice—in addition to supercool Dutch blogger Sabrina Meijer—the amazing interior decor of the houseboat, as shot by Todd Selby. So naturally, we asked our visual team for tips on how to recreate a fun Dutch feel in our own homes. Check out their insider advice below.
1. Notice the palm tree wallpaper? Highlighting a single wall with a unique print is the quickest way to add visual character to a room.
2. Winter’s the perfect time to look for dried plants and fruits—they make festive additions to banisters or windowsills.
3. Who says books should always sit upright? Piling them on top of each other adds great dimension (not to mention a nice literary air).
4. You don’t need expensive art to make a room feel elegant. Flea-market finds like black-and-white photographs and vintage masks can be clustered together to add a sophisticated touch.