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A world of holiday decorating potential exists just outside your door. Alison Carmody details how nature has much to bring to the table.

When family and friends come to visit for the holidays, they focus on the visuals: the flowers, the decorations, the table and the overall feel of the environment. Ideally, then, they should immediately sense the unique look of the home — a look that also expresses the personality of the host.

Seasonal inspirations come from many places, especially nature. It’s what’s around all the time, yet most of us never even take a second glance. But if you do stop and take a moment to “smell the roses,” so to speak, you will no doubt notice that even with the simplest things, you can find amazing ideas that will give your table, door or mantle true impact and excitement.

Magnolia, pine, cedar, boxwood and spruce all work as a base for a runner on the table. Incorporating candles, pomegranates, artichokes, apples, lemons and limes — or by adding berries, an Amaryllis plant or paper whites — can add a nice splash of color. Try to create something unique, something more than reality, something that may never have been seen before.

Be sure to add sparkle in unexpected places. Instead of hanging yards and yards of twinkle lights and tinsel, scatter lanterns around your space and let them provide more holiday glow. Cranberries, meanwhile, are very versatile and perfectly suited to flower arranging because the fruit is actually harvested in water, so they last well when submerged. For a Christmas special at the shop, we use fresh cranberry in a round bubble bowl with white tulips, pine and Queen Anne’s lace. It is very simple, but it has a nice holiday twist.

Remember, the holidays are your golden opportunity to cut loose and really go for it. So whatever you do, give yourself the freedom and the joy to think outside the box!




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