Deck the Halls – Tree Optional

If you don’t have the space or time for a trimmed tree, here are five alternative decorating ideas. Love trimming your Christmas tree or trees? These five ideas can be used to correlate with the décor of your holiday tree.

Create a Casual Tablescape

Candle holders made from live edge, split firewood
Holiday Tablescape with Rustic Christmas Trees

This 12’ long table displays a grove of trees. Each tree is created from a rustic material; driftwood, rusty jingle bells, cornhusks, and grapevines.  DIY candleholders made from split firewood are the perfect accent. Traditionally table runners are placed running the length of the table. With a table this large a single runner would be lost.  Four runners were used across the width of the table.

Fashion a Formal Table Setting

Queen Anne Dining Table Decorated with Traditional Holiday Centerpiece and Christmas Crackers
Formal Dining Room with Traditional Holiday Decor

Mahogany and navy textiles create a masculine ambiance in this traditional dining room, with Queen Anne furniture. We chose traditional holiday decor to complement the heirloom furnishings.

Traditional Centerpiece with Glass Hurricane
Holiday Centerpiece with Fresh Greens, Fruit and Pheasant Feathers

It was an 18th Century tradition to decorate with fruit. Pears, fresh greenery, and a glass hurricane are used for a traditional centerpiece. Pheasant feathers were added to correlate with the masculine color palette.  The greens and a small feather dress up the Christmas Crackers at each place setting.

Greenery and gold berries add a festive touch to the delft vases on the sideboard.

Delft Floral Container with holiday greens
Dutch Girls – Unique Delft Vase
Delft Floral Container with holiday greens
Dutch Boys – Unique Delft Vase








 Decorate Your Bookshelves

Bookshelves are a perfect place to display holiday decor
Bookshelf Dressed for the Holidays

This is one of two bookcases flanking the fireplace. Pine boughs, Shiny Brite ornaments, a lantern and candles are interspersed among the books and photo frames.


There was no room to hang stockings on the fireplace. A Christmas stocking holder, such as this one from Kurt Adler sits on a shelf or mantel. No nails, glue or Velcro required!

 Spruce Up a Focal Point with a Large Scale Accessory

Metal reindeer in Champagne Bronze Finish
Hammered Metal Reindeer

This elegant brass reindeer is tall enough to frame the opening of the fireplace. A red and burlap bow was added to coordinate with ribbon used on the tree.  When you enter a room your eye is drawn to the focal points.  It’s the perfect place to show off a favorite holiday treasure.

Polish Your Precious Metals

Festive Holiday Greens in Polished Copper Bucket
Copper Coal Bucket with Fresh Greens

Do you have gold, silver or copper vessels? Get them out and polish them up. Once polished, metal will reflect light.  It could be light from a fire in the hearth, a flickering candlestick, or a string of holiday lights. The reflection creates sparkle that enhances the holiday magic.  Add greenery, pine cones, flowers, or ornaments to fill your container.  Greenery is the perfect compliment for the warm glow of this copper coal bucket.



Happy Holidays

Fa La La La La………..

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