The Greening of the Season
So, the Christmas tree goes up and your home looks nicely festive. You settle back with a nice glass of wine to admire your work. But then you turn on HGTV and thumb through some design magazines, and wonder — How do I simply and affordably make my house look even better, maybe just a little more polished?
Every year I struggle with this in my home, too. I run a home décor store so I think my space should look a bit more put together than the average. But I decorate the store in October and, by the time I get to my place, the most I can muster is minimalism.
Adding more richness doesn’t mean being more elaborate. The easiest way to add a designer touch to your home is to “think green.” I know it’s easy to buy all artificial greens and, yes, I use them too, but also try adding one or two fresh items and, voilà, your space will look and smell Holiday ready.
Add a fresh wreath in your kitchen or hang it where people congregate. Find a ribbon that matches your décor—it doesn’t have to be red or green. It’s more interesting if it doesn’t look totally Christmassy. A nice evergreen touch will add color and dimension to your room.
Topiaries are fun, too. They’re not too expensive when you buy them from the big-box garden centers. Make sure to add bows or fun details to those, too. Strategically locate them on your dining room table or kitchen island. If you have some festive looking pots—even better. Don’t leave the topiaries looking naked! Make them a focal point.
Adding a bit of greenery will not only make you feel like you’re outdoors but, if you get the real stuff, the fragrance will add something extra special to your space.
If you need more ideas, bring us your room photos and we’ll help you out. We have lots of artificial options at Decorate. And don’t miss out on buying one of our Fraser Fir candles. They make your whole space smell lovely and come in a bazillion styles including room spray.
‘Tis the season.