If you are like me you do not pop a bunch of holiday favorites out of a box after Thanksgiving and are set for Christmas. While I have some favorites that remain the same each year, it’s always a little different. When my friends or clients ask what to do while they are busier than ever and it’s time to decorate I always suggest simple, easily purchased items, think of the season overall and most important remember the space you are decorating. There are many beautiful things out there just not all meant to go to the same place. The same white poinsettia can look so different in a terra-cotta pot, a mercury glass container or a wood container and look great each way. I love bunches of small white poinsettia but the smaller pots the more often they need watering.
A few big branches of pine, hurricane candles, a few shiny pieces here and there. Small mixed pine plants are pretty gorgeous too if poinsettia is not your thing or you have curious animals ( they are poison) . Wooden, silver or ceramic sheen bowls filled with chestnuts, pine cones, clementines, hand painted candles in favorite metal accented with a fresh flower here or there or go for the big splashy red bouquet from your favorite florist ;). Take natural elements mix them with a little sheen just pick your balance of which to emphasize more, thinking about the space you are decorating. A few large and some small vignettes always work. Fragrance really adds to the overall experience, carefully selected and placed. Pick one fragrance, add to your entrance, restroom, living room make sure its one fragrance. Lots of traditional favorites laid out differently mixed up with favorite ornaments and you really have a warm, welcoming atmosphere for guests and your self at the end of a long day in this busy season.