SIOUX CITY | For Lisa Kalaher, it began feeling a lot like Christmas ... right around the Fourth of July.

"We're always ordering merchandise six months ahead," the Mod House Interiors owner said. "So in the middle of summer, our thoughts are usually on winter."

Wait, did we say Kalaher's mind is set six months in the future? Well, make that one year and six months.

"Some of our furnishings are cutting edge and they're just hitting it big on the east and west coasts," she said inside Mod House Interior's 255 Fifth St. gallery. "Since it takes a longer time for things to become popular in the Midwest, the stuff you see here today is possibly the stuff you'll want a year from now."

OK, we're totally confused by Kalaher's concept of time. But one thing that doesn't confuse us is the fact that she has exceptionally good taste.

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According to Mod House Interiors' Lisa Kalaher, mixing opposite elements is an important part of design. For example, add a light-colored pillow to a black sofa or add something plush to contrast with something sleek. 

As a mom and an architect, Kalaher knows comfortable living can also look good. In a store that mixes mid-century aesthetics with modern design, Kalaher and her crew of designers have the ability to select a few handpicked items that can turn a room into a showplace, which will be lovely and comfortable, as well as refreshing and timeless.

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Welcome in the holiday with a selection of seasonal trees, said Mod House Interiors' Lisa Kalaher. She and her staff have been preparing for Christmas since July. 

Just don't tell Kalaher to create a room strictly for Christmas.

"I prefer doing a winter room," she said. "There's nothing sadder than working on a room that will be torn apart on Dec. 26. I want to enjoy a room longer than that."

This is why Kalaher stays away from a multitude of Santa Clauses. Instead, she favors decorating with seasonal snowmen, greens and non-Rudolph types of reindeer.

"Your home will feel as appropriate in January and February as it did in December," she reasoned.

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Mod House Interiors' Lisa Kalaher said Christmas coffee mugs and cookie jars become conversation pieces during the holidays.

Well, we're certainly in favor of extending the season. What other tricks does Kalaher have up her sleeves?

BECOME A MIX MASTER

"I love pairing up something retro with something more modern," Kalaher said, contrasting a pair of vintage-looking plates with a kitschy Christmas camper cookie jar. "There's no rule that says you have to stick to one or the other."

A VISION IN VIGNETTES

What's a vignette? It's simply a way that designers arrange objects into a grouping that feels pulled together.

A designer can do this on a table top or a shelf. Kalaher personally loves using elegant trays as the stage for her vignettes.

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Trays are an easy way to arrange your favorite objects.

"You can put holiday candle holders, festive boxes and glamorous vases on a beautiful tray for an easy designer look," she said. "Even better, you can change the objects on the tray every season. It doesn't have to go away after winter."

A JEWEL OF A COLOR

What's the new black?

According to Kalaher, it might be jewel tone colors like deep reds, blues and plums. Or perhaps, pastels might be making a comeback with rich pinks and a majestic mauve.

"Jewel tones and pastels are both 'in' right now," she said. "Both tones will look nice in any winter display."

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Christmas themed decorations abound at Mod House Interiors in Sioux City. The 255 Fifth St. store has items that are cutting edge or have a retro feel. Decorator Lisa Kalaher said having both types of objects is important for a warm and inviting room. 

GO GLITZY

Everybody likes a leather sofa but it does have a very masculine look. You can give it a bit of femininity by adding a fluffy blanket or some shiny pillows.

"It's totally fine to mix and match elements," Kalaher said. "In fact, it adds a lot of interest to a space."

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A fun way to protect you from the winter weather is to keep things blingy inside your home. Glittery trees and glamorous art pieces add warmth on a cold December night, said Mod House Interiors' Lisa Kalaher.

Ultimately, there's no wrong or right way to decorate one's home for the holidays.

"As a designer, I tend to be a bit of a minimalist," Kalaher said. "But that changes around the holidays. The holidays are the perfect time to show off the things that mean something to you.

"Whether it's a family heirloom or something new that reminds you of your childhood, display it with confidence," she added. 

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