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With the holidays around the corner, Euro Style Lighting was recently wondering: Can a "cool modern" space also be "warm and inviting" during the holidays?

We posed the question to a few of our favorite bloggers and tastemakers and got an unequivocal yes, along with some great tips on how to dress your home for the holidays. Here's what Justina Blakeney (JustinaBlakeney.com), Joanna Hawley (jojotastic) and our own Cori Magee (pictured left to right below) had to say:

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Can the holidays and modern décor co-exist?

Justina Blakeney: Absolutely! For modern holiday decor focus on metallics--modern and festive, done and done!

Joanna Hawley: Absolutely! I love combining more traditional winter whites with pops of color. My favorite palette right now includes shades of ivory and white, hot pink, hunter green, and burgundy. The pink really twists it and makes it modern.

Cori Magee: Yes! It’s all in the color palette that you decide to style your home with. Rather than red and green, try gold and black or silver and white.

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What are your seasonal decorating and entertaining tricks?

JB: Bringing in fragrant and festive natural elements into the home, from pine to holly.

JH: As an apartment dweller, I like to decorate my front door to bring some holiday cheer to my neighbors. I always hang a hand-made wreath! Also, my windows face the front of the building, so I take it upon myself to make sure the building puts its best foot forward by stringing lights in the windows.

CM: I always include silver décor, both throughout my home and as centerpieces at the dining table. It’s adds sophistication to any holiday gathering.

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How can modern style be simultaneously warm and inviting and cool and clean?

JB: It's the people in a home that add the love between them that truly make a home warm. Also, I think that rugs (and textiles in general) really warm up spaces. If you can walk around barefoot and still be cozy, you can have the most modern of spaces and it will still be warm and inviting as well.

JH: Texture is my favorite way to warm up modern style. Think shaggy white fur, icy grey sweater knits, even braided rugs!

CM: Including live greenery makes any home more inviting. Seasonal greenery, like live garland, draped over the mantel will add warmth to your holiday décor.

Whether it's the brilliance of gold finish lighting and decor, or a selection of gifts for the modern home, following the festive decorating tips above can help create a splendid home for the holidays.  

Images: Apartment Therapy, Amanda VegaChatelaine