Photo Gallery: Give Your Home A Holiday Makeunder
Pare back with natural accents.
Pick a snowy white palette.
Keep things uncomplicated: white flowers and tableware provides a calming background when dining while fresh greens add a pop of colour and life. A large branch has real presence in a foyer.
The focal point of holiday festivities doesn't need to look busy.
Mantels are often the site of overcrowding during the holidays, but this family home offers good cheer with a simple string of humble felted animals and ornaments.
Delicate branches are sculptural.
It's not the pick of the lot, but this spindly tree highlights just a few, special ornaments (they sure won't get lost in the branches), and it doesn't require boxes of baubles to dress.
Black ribbon accents homespun paper.
For a serene look, take a minimalist approach to gifts and wrap boxes in kraft paper, embellished with a grosgrain bow and finished with a sprig of greenery for texture.
Hung with a luxe bow, this wreath has impact.
The contrast of unadorned cedar with a sumptuous satin gold bow is contemporary and lush. Hang it low to create more drama.
This arrangement can sub in for a tree.
Hung with tonal ornaments, this low-cost branch arrangement suspended by floral wire conveys the magic of the season, and doesn't eat up valuable floor space when entertaining.
A chic alternative to the poinsettia.
Less expected than pots of traditional poinsettia or paperwhites, a small evergreen in a burlap-wrapped container enlivens a guest bedroom or den.
A mirror makes a natural frame.
Put the natural reflective quality of glass to work and double the lushness of an unadorned feathery cedar wreath by hanging it in front of a mirror. Candlesticks, old-gold ribbon and tarnished objets inject a warm look.
This accent is compact and modern.
In contemporary spaces, a monochromatic tree keeps the vibe soothing and minimalistic, and lets the bold orange gifts be the stars of the show.
Add personality with casual accents.
Mix-and-match tableware, a potted evergreen and scattered boughs are a relaxed approach to setting a seasonal tone. Antler candleholders play up the natural theme.
An outdoorsy take on holiday florals.
Bring robust outdoor-style arrangements inside to flank a pretty doorway. Tall containers lend grandeur and keep balsam and cedar boughs out of the way of pets.
A grouping of treasured ornaments is a personal, easy way to add a quick seasonal hit of colour.
"Juxtaposition is key to my style — like this modern bowl holding ornate vintage ornaments," says Suzanne. "My neighbour makes these cheeky calling cards, and we like to leave them out for fun during cocktail parties."