Simple and Classic Holiday Decorating

Boxwood Wreath

Boxwood Wreath

The holiday season can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed with things to do: shopping, cooking, traveling, and entertaining, just to name a few.  Oftentimes, decorating for the holidays ends up last on our never-ending to do lists.  This year, keep your decorating simple and classic and make your surroundings feel festive without draining your checkbook or your energy.   

Live greenery is a simple and festive way to bring the winter landscape and the beauty of the season indoors.  There are many options for live greenery and each comes with a distinctscent and look.  

Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia Wreath

Take boxwood and magnolia, for instance.  These unscented evergreens let those with Southern roots feel very much like they’ve brought a little bit of home up to Colorado.  You can find boxwood and magnolia designed within wreaths, garlands, topiaries, and kissing balls, to name a few.  These evergreens dry beautifully without changing color and do not shed needles, allowing them to last well intoJanuary.  

The most common evergreen seen around Denver at big box stores, specialty shops, and florists are mixed Northwest greens.  Wreaths, garlands, and door swags are often comprised of a variety of evergreens ranging from spruce, juniper, cedar, pine and fir. Many will be adorned with pinecones and berries that enhance the beauty and scent while providing texture and interest to each unique wreath.  These wreaths are hardy for the front door – but a word of caution to those homes with a wreath on a south facing facade or door, the intense winter sun dries these out, and can change them from a bright green to a dull brown color.

Mixed Green Wreath

Mixed Green Wreath

While the typical wreath and garland is a popular choice, think about incorporating greenery into your decor in unusual ways this season.  One option we like to offer our clients this time of year is planting their outdoor patio or porch pots with cut evergreen boughs.  Pairing a variety of evergreens like blue spruce, juniper, cedar and pine with red twig dogwood, ilex berries or magnolia leaves brings a beauty to your porch that has just seen the last of the beauty of your summer flowers.

Why should the porch be the only place toget adorned with beautifulgreenery?  Bring these live greens indoors with an unusual centerpiece for your dining room table, crafted out of live, cut greenery, sticks and berries.  You’ll find this centerpiece will last long after your holiday guests have headed home and you’ll be left with a beautiful arrangement that can be enjoyed without the hustle and bustle of holiday hosting and entertaining.

Allergic to evergreens?  Live holiday decor doesn’t have to be limited to evergreens. Paperwhite bulbs, amaryllis bulbs, Christmas cactus, and poinsettias are all beautiful options to add interest and scent to your holiday decor.  Line the length of your dining room table with pots of paperwhites for a tall and delicate live table runner, sure to impress your holiday guests! Flank your fireplace with beautiful poinsettias to anchor the mantle decor (but be careful if you have dogs who chew, these are poisonous to animals). Or wrap an amaryllis plant in burlap and ribbon for the perfect hostess gift for all those parties you’ve been invited to.  The options are endless!!

Incorporating just a few live plants into your holiday decor will not only allow you to cross one more thing off your to-do list, but they will be pieces to enjoy long after the last gift is opened, the last glass of champagne has been enjoyed, and the last guest has left the party.

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