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Need inspiration for holiday hosting? Elle Decor’s editor took your questions.

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Asad Syrkett, editor-in-chief of Elle Decor, answered your questions on Thursday about hosting for the holidays and setting a beautiful table. Before taking over as the publication’s editor in September 2020, Syrkett ran business operations in New York for Hem, a Swedish furniture brand and design studio. He also served as deputy editor at Curbed and was an editor at Architectural Digest and Architectural Record magazines. He joins us to take questions about tips and trends for holiday hosting and decorating, and about setting a beautiful table. Here are some of the questions he answered:

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Helen Carefoot, writer and editorial aide for the Lifestyle section, produced this Q&A.