Invest in fresh flowers for a party.
Toronto designer Philip Mitchell doesn't cheap out on faux flowers for the holidays — he can't resist the fresh scents of pine and fresh flowers. "My partner Mark and I generally entertain a great deal and there's something wonderful about fresh greens/flowers throughout our home and office," he says. "Though it's more expensive and a little more work to maintain the scent and texture of fresh pine, flowers and magnolia leaves, they definitely complete our holiday decorating. We lean towards mostly green and red flowers (like these amaryllis) during the holidays — being traditionalists at heart."