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‘Tis the season … as natural as possible

Nine ways to add natural touches to seasonal home decor for Christmas.

1- Go green in arrangements

If you have access to evergreens and conifers, clip a few branches to display in a pretty bowl. A kenzan at the bottom may help to give a better look. Add water for a longer vase life.

2- Spruce up your greenery

Adding red berries immediately provides the happy color of the season. Holly, crabapples or wild highbush cranberry stems will keep well for a few weeks in a vase. Cut before hard frost and store in a cold space until you are ready to use.

3- Extend the life of your dried arrangements

Dried hydrangeas will shine with copper or gold ornaments and will still add a natural touch.

4- Go real for wreaths or mantel garlands!

An impressive wreath makes a big statement any day. Smaller ones may be complemented with bows and ornaments. Greenery or leftovers from the Christmas tree are lovely over a fireplace, provided they are safely displayed.

5- Add a seasonal plant!

Poinsettias and cyclamens are the traditional tokens of the Holidays. And they come in more colors than the regular reds!

6- Bulbs for Christmas!

Paperwhite narcissi have fragrant flowers and do not require cold forcing for blooming such as tulips or daffodils. Plan 4-6 weeks ahead and plant them packed with regular potting mix in a plastic pot that will fit in the container you will be using for display.

7- Roses in red and white?

The luxury of an arrangement of red and/or white roses will bring attention to any coffee table. Choose a vase with the theme of the season or a lovely white vase such as an old tureen or an antique ironstone bowl.

8- Evoke all of the above

When a natural wreath is not possible, an artificial wreath of red berries or cones will add the same simplicity and elegance. Reinforce the theme by adding seasonal colorful embroidered pillows and wooden elements shaped in trees and snowflakes.

9- And the grand finale!

A natural Christmas tree is a sound-ecological choice despite bad publicity. It is a beneficial agricultural production, good for regional economy, now less demanding on the environment due to better practices regarding pesticides and erosion of the land. And it is 100% recyclable. Quebec-grown balsam firs are among the best there are and may be found all over North America and in countries as far as the Middle-East. A natural Christmas tree adds a unique Holiday magical element in any decor. Here are my last 3 years editions.

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  1. Carolyn Dorsett
    December 17, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    There is absolutely nothing that I don’t love! It all just says in the most tasteful and beautiful way, “Merry Christmas”🎄. As I looked at each photo I realized you have incorporated many of the traditional decorations my mother used in our home when I was growing up. The ideas are familiar to me and just so beautifully executed. Thank you for sharing your perfectly gorgeous home!!♥️♥️🎄🎄