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Deck the Halls

10 gorgeous ways to incorporate fresh greenery into your holiday decor

ABOVE Simple, fresh greenery draped across the mantel is the perfect complement to neutral holiday decor. Featured in "Sophisticated Elegance," Nov/Dec 2013. Photo by Beth Hontzas


ABOVE LEFT A simple garland of cedar and pine frames the front door. A store-bought wreath gains notice with the addition of artichokes, pinecones, chartreuse greenery, and a plaid bow. Featured in "The Difference is in the Details," Nov/Dec 2014.

ABOVE RIGHT This mailbox arrangement makes a stunning first impression for guests. A collection of extra trimmings looks especially polished and inviting when paired with a festive striped ribbon. Featured in "Sophisticated Elegance," Nov/Dec 2013. Photo by Beth Hontzas


ABOVE LEFT This home’s main staircase is draped in a fresh cedar-and-fir-mix garland, filling the central corridor with the wonderful scent of Christmas. The greenery is the canvas for a faux-sugared fruit garland and yards of double-faced satin ribbon in muted gold and soft green. Instead of cutting the garland short, the greenery extends to the floor in a sweeping gesture. Featured in "Making Merry," Nov/Dec 2015.  

ABOVE RIGHT Chosen for the scent and drape, the garland is a doubled strand of traditional mixed Christmas greens particularly heavy in cedar. A red bow made from wired ribbon crowns the top and cascades down the garland to create a frame around a beloved collection of Nutcrackers. Featured in "Making Merry," Nov/Dec 2015.

ABOVE Simple wreaths make a big statement above the kitchen sink. Added flair comes in the ribbon. Featured in "The Difference is in the Details," Nov/Dec 2014.


ABOVE LEFT Snip greenery and flowers from your own yard or buy from a grocery store to create an inexpensive, DIY centerpiece for the dining table. Featured in "The Difference is in the Details," Nov/Dec 2014.

ABOVE RIGHT Beautiful wreaths are an easy do-it-yourself project. Simply purchase a pre-formed wreath and insert a few stems from the yard such as magnolia, nandina, and holly to create a just-purchased-from-the-nursery look. Featured in "Home for the Holidays," Nov/Dec 2013.


ABOVE LEFT In a study off the living room, bay wreaths adorn bookcases while silver samovar with seeded eucalyptus and eucalyptus pods create a trophy holiday arrangement. Featured in "Inviting Design," Nov/Dec 2014.

ABOVE RIGHT This outdoor garland is made of mixed evergreens blended with magnolia leaves, pieces that will hold up throughout the season. Featured in "Special Invitation," Nov/Dec 2011.

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