HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

10 Home Decor Gifts for the Aspiring Interior Designer

Max out your house with funky flower vases, cute pillows, and mood-setting lights.

By Geneva Diaz and Alexia Partouche Published in the Winter 2022 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Record players, pillows, wall art, and more.

The way you decorate your home is inevitably an extension of your attitude and a major influence on your day-to-day feelings. Whether you take on a minimalist-style with clean lines and a monochromatic palette, or go full maximalist with bright colors and bold patterns, the design of your home are an expression of who you are.

We all have that one friend or aunt in the family that has so many trinkets and knick knacks, but somehow always finds the place for more. You might also have that one friend that never uses her ceiling lights and swears by ambient lamps. Or a mom that has beautiful kitchen accessories and a brother who collects vinyl records (yes, record players are a form of home decor too). 

If someone you know has a home worthy of a Vogue house tour, lives in the aisles of HomeGoods, and has their personality imbued into every room of the house, here are 10 gifts ideas to buy for them.

'The Design' Book

$20
 

Image: Nordstrom

This coffee table book is perfect for that aspiring interior designer in your life. Discover more than 500 of the most innovative, influential, and enduring products from the last five centuries in The Design Book. Take a journey into objects that have improved our environments and its functionality, and shaped society and culture. Artists and innovators in the book include Le Corbusier, Philippe Starck, and Eames, alongside classic objects such as the paper clip, the hurricane lantern, and the martini glass.

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Texas Woodpecker Wall Art Print Local

$24
 

Image: Etsy

Add some Texas flair to your walls with this woodpecker art print from Leena Shanbhag Art on Etsy. The vibrant colors and majestic posing will feel right at home on your wall.

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Strawberry Field Vase

$27
 

Image: Ban.do

Who doesn’t like a giant strawberry filled with flowers? Display this porcelain vase by Ban.do on any table, credenza, or bookshelf for instant joy and a dozen compliments from your house guests.

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Sunset Lamp Projection

$28
 

Image: Amazon

Ambient lighting is all the rage, and this sunset projector lamp featuring 16 different shades of color, is no different. It’s time to add some cool lighting to that white wall you have no idea what to do with, and remove those LED-strip lights from your ceiling grooves altogether. TikTok says so, and we agree.

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Glass Candlestick Holder or Vase Local

$38
 

Image: Confetti Riot

Decorate your coffee table with this swirly centerpiece from Confetti Riot. Whether you use it as a candlestick holder or a vase, the handmade glass will add a finishing flair to any room.

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Debbie Bean Suncatcher Local

$60
 

Image: Genara

Let the light in with Genara’s Debbie Bean Suncatcher, made out of individually cut lead-stained glass. Hang the stained glass suncatcher by your window and watch vivid, radiant light shine onto your floors.

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Custom City Map Throw Pillow

$65
 

When it comes to Houstonians, there’s no denying that Space City pride. Surprise someone with Uncommon Goods' custom throw pillow, with a map of their neighborhood, favorite ward, or the entire Loop! This gift is one-of-a-kind, and they’ll think of you every time they lay their head down for a nap.

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Velvet Cushion Local

$74
 

Image: Asch Building

Add a pop of color to your living room with this velvet cushion from Asch Building. Ethically handmade by artisans in Northern India, this velvety soft pillow doubles as an extra seat for guests.

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Fox Pitcher Local

$100
 

Image: Biscuit Home

There’s always an opportunity to spruce up your home decor, and this ceramic fox pitcher from Biscuit Home is a great example. Instead of serving water (or Sangria) in a typical pitcher, why not pour a beverage from a beautiful piece of art?

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Audio-Technica UO Exclusive Record Player

$229
 

By now you’ve heard that vinyl records are cool again, and this  LP60X-BT Bluetooth Record Player by Audio-Technica, is sure to stand out. Urban Outfitters has exclusive colors—lilac, rose, and white—that can’t be found anywhere else. Liven up your space with some classic (or new) albums by your favorite artists, all while doing it in style.

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