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Fa-la-la la-la … I’m decking my halls with boughs of more than holly …

I mix greens and put them into a variety of small vases for tabletop beauty.

Christmas is a-coming. And with that, I’m busy creating pretty tabletop adornments with some extremely aromatic evergreens.

Garland, wreaths and centerpieces are a great way to bring the holiday scent into your home. I use combinations of pine, cedar, eucalyptus, balsam and juniper, and mix them as I would flowers. Martha Stewart once said that scent is “pure winter,” and I agree.

Rosemary trees … so holiday!

Once you do this, you’ll crave that aroma ever year.  Martha also suggests a daily misting of water to keep evergreens smelling fresh.

Shown above are my little vases with cypress branches and mistletoe. Little rosemary trees, also shown here (left), will adorn my table. I wrapped them in silver metallic linen cloth, and I just tied a light-green satin ribbon around the silver cloth. What do you think?  It kind of has a winter-mint sensibility about it, yes?

This fun wreath is from West Elm. I’m using it in my home this year. I added the greenery above to give it some oomph.

The wreath that I’m using (it’s shown here, too,) comes from West Elm — it’s handmade from fluffy wool felt balls. To make it really sing, I added mistletoe and cypress  branches.

Another note on all this greenery: Don’t be afraid to think like a Scandinavian when decorating your table or holiday gathering space.

I was recently quoted in the annual Somerset Collection holiday book in the Inspired Ideas section (page 192). I suggested using a snow-white palette similar to a Scandinavian motif, which really gives that magical sparkle of winter.

Use pin-tucked linens, mixed creams and frosty whites, etched glass, you get the idea (see the pretty room shown here). Scandinavian style also often features touches of blues and minty greens that are absolutely breathtaking.

Note the frosty hues in this Scandi-home.

SHARE YOUR TIPS Do you decorate with greens? Please leave a comment and click on the “leave a comment” area above this post.

Need some more inspiring ideas for holiday entertaining? Check out my December A-List here.    

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