On Thursday, my friend and fellow realtor, Beth, gave me a very fun birthday present: touring four beautiful homes that were featured on the Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour. As two very critical realtors who know the look homebuyers want, we are in the business of telling clients what they need to purge, and improvements they need to make. It was great to take some time off to simply enjoy!
Rather than focus on the spectacular interiors I am sharing shots of attainable Christmas decorating ideas. Sorry for the quality of photography. They were quickly snapped with my iPhone.
Who doesn’t love the look and fragrance of a fresh wreath.
I love the structural look of these lanterns next to the garland at the base of the fireplace. Pottery Barn has several attractive styles that come in different sizes.
This is so simple. Fill a large container with clippings to add some green and fragrance to the room.
Another simple idea: two hurricanes, pillar candles and ornaments. I just bought two hurricanes this week at Whole Foods, but found others at Target, The Container Store, World Market Michael’s and Bed Bath and Beyond.
I am so fond of fresh greenery at Christmas. Here, a cypress tree was placed in a small silver bucket. The bright green warmed up the formality of the dining room and contrasted with the beautiful silver. It’s so easy to do. Just remove the tree from the original container, wrap in plastic (from a Ziplock bag) and insert into the decorative container.
These next two photos are of mini arrangements put at each place setting. I loved the different textures and use of cuttings and flowers that many of us have in our yards.
I really wish you could see this one better! A wire basket filled with inexpensive ornaments and holly berries was placed on a bed of cuttings laid on a tray. The look was fresh and fun.
You have to have the architecture to carry this one off but I thought it was whimsical. Large glass ornaments of varying sizes were hung with decorative ribbon and greenery.
Since it’s not lemonade season, why not fill your decanter with candy!
You will be surprised what you can do with what you already have. Tree lots will have scraps you can use. Pike’s or any garden center sells cedar and other evergreen roping very inexpensively. In Atlanta, The Heeney Company and Ballard Designs have beautiful wide ribbon and filler ornaments can always be found at Target, Michaels and World Market. Have fun and enjoy!