Instead of taking the time to wind a garland of greens around your banister, simply hang a beautiful wreath from the newel post, and your entry is instantly festive.
Brighten up your entry table by filling a glass apothecary jar or tall, clear glass cylinder vase with red and green or silver and gold tree ornaments.
If time allows, tuck a faux evergreen pick behind the jars.
: Fill two cylinder vases with pine cones or ornaments, then place them on each end of your fireplace mantel.
Or put a big iron urn full of pine cones in front of your hearth.
If you have a coffee table or upholstered ottoman, top it with a silver tray, then dress up the tray with a few prettily wrapped gifts from under the Christmas tree.
Create a simple but colorful centerpiece with a trio of apothecary jars, cylinder vases or compotes.
You can fill them with Christmas candies, like peppermints and gumdrops, or with winter fruits, like lemons, limes and oranges.
For a more woodsy look, use nuts and pine cones.
If time allows, twist a strand of faux pine garland around your chandelier. And set your table with your china or white dishes, giving it an instant holiday feel simply by adding holiday salad plates or linens.
If you're expecting overnight guests for the holidays, add a few fun surprises in your guest room.
Hang a wreath or stocking over a bedpost, or drape evergreen garland across the footboard.
Make a tiny bouquet of evergreen sprigs and place it in a cream pitcher on the nightstand.
It's easy to brighten up the doors that line your hallway.
Tie up a tree ornament, pine cone or small holiday-themed picture with a pretty ribbon and hang it from the doorknobs.
Or use the knobs as hooks to hang stockings or little baskets filled with holiday treats.
(Mary Carol Garrity is the proprietor of three successful home-furnishings stores and is the author of several best-selling books on home decorating. Write her at
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