For this Southern location, a magnolia garland drapes over an
upstairs balcony. Bushes glisten with Christmas lights, and a
wreath adorns the door.
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Don't leave tradition behind
Bring in some of the established elements of Christmas, and give
them a coastal twist. Decorate a fir tree with shells and bleached
sea stars. A Christmas favorite, the poinsettia, blooms not only in
red, but also in beachy shades of pink, yellow, and white.
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Make a sea of gifts
Incorporate shades of the ocean in your present presentation. The
dazzle of a decorated tree doubles when paired with shimmery gift
wrap in silvers and blues. Instead of bows, tie on seashells and
Gift wrap, glass balls, and ribbon from Kmart; kmart.com.
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Don't spend a fortune.
Even if you're going for a classic look, it's easy to do it for
less. These white lights, glass ornaments, wrapping paper, and
ribbon all came from a discount store. When shopping large retail
markets, purchase decorations in solid colors and similar tones.
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Use what you have.
Standard beach house accessories take on a holiday tone when mixed
with a few seasonal touches. Intersperse seashells, fishing floats,
and coral with glass-ball ornaments and greenery. Table linens in
sandy brown and ocean blue create an elegant backdrop that unifies
Items include linen napkins by Sferra Bros.; mother-of-pearl
napkin rings by Kim Seybert Designs, kimseybert.com; stemware by
William Yeoward, williamyeowardcrystal.com; shell candelabra from
Caspari Studios, staciecaspari.com. Outdoor furniture by