Beyond the tree, there are a million ways to bring the Christmas spirit in your home. Here are a few ridiculously easy ideas that caught my eye this year.
Decorate with garlands of the magnolia, fir or olive branch variety. Hang them over the doorway, around the mantle or use them as a table runner. You can even hang them on your chandelier. If you’re feeling crafty, here’s a beautiful tabletop garland made out of mistletoe and Meyer lemons you can easily DIY at home.
THINK SIMPLE AND FRESH
Few things make me cringe more than artificial pine greenery. Instead of reusing the same dusty greens year after year, invest in lost cost bulb flowers—like amaryllis—that will last throughout the season and hang a single mistletoe branch with a red ribbon. It’s simple, cost-effective and much prettier.
Scatter sheepskin throws everywhere. Throw them around the fireplace or on the back of dining room chairs. They’ll make them much more comfortable for long Holiday parties and make your guests feel instantly at ease.
Same as garlands, add wreaths everywhere. Keep them plain: pine, magnolia, myrtle bay olive or boxwood—their round shape are visually interesting enough. Add them to the front door and hang them on your windows with a colorful bow. You can even create a wreath arrangement or make mini rosemary wreaths to decorate your place settings.
LIGHT IT UP
Light up pillar candles in the fireplace in lieu of a real fire and line up votives along the staircase for a magical effect. And for ambiance, light a Frasier Fir scented candle (or substitute with their diffuser for a lasting Christmas tree smell).