One decorating flourish I absolutely love is draping the open staircase in our entry hall with garlands galore. Its a bit of a pain (like wrestling a giant python at times), but the results are glorious, and the fresh green scent of Christmas hits you the moment you step through our door.
Here's a little inspiration:
Simple cedar or draped with sparkle and glitter, just a few yards of greenery adds so much to a room. I'd like to frame our windows as well as the staircase, but fear Mr. H. would go on strike (he does most of the garland wrangling at our house).
But isn't this kitchen gorgeous?
You can find a great tutorial from the wonderful Eddie Ross on his blog. We reference it every year to make sure we don't damage our banisters. And Martha Stewart has her tips for keeping greens their greenest through the season.
Here's the final result at our house:
I can't imagine Christmas without the greens and their marvelous scent. How about you? Do you bring the outdoors in during the holidays? What smell do you most associate with Christmas?
Photos: 1) Martha Stewart, 2) Canadian House and Home 3) Country Living 4) Better Homes & Gardens 5) HGTV 6) British Homes and Gardens 7) HGTV 8) Eddie Ross 9) My photo