Though Emily Ruddo was born on the East Coast, years in Los Angeles have given her the unique ability to balance East Coast elegance with vibrant California color. The designer brings clients an unexpected take on “traditional” — she blends tailored details with fresh colors and pattern. What we love most about her work is the ease with which she translates her clients’ requests, resulting in spaces bursting with personality and charm. 

Naturally, Emily channels her love of design into the holidays. She’s an expert when it comes to adding that holiday flair without “messing up” your home’s function. Today, she’s sharing her top tips for stylish — and most importantly, personal — holiday decor. Start the slideshow to be inspired!