A staircase becomes the center of attention when adorned with fresh greenery and flower-laden hanging vases. Tropical flowers
arranged in glass sconces bring sprays of color to the banister. Hurricane lamps filled with sparkling sea glass and candles
brighten steps, casting a welcoming glow. Use scented candles to add warmth and holiday cheer with fragrances such as Seaside
Holiday, Christmas Berries, and Home for the Holidays.
Ribbed glass vase sconce by Roost, available at InsideOut Garden Visions; 541/754-6261. Hurricane lamps and candles from Pier 1 Imports; pier1.com. Candles; yankeecandle.com.
If you're vacationing this holiday, don't lug decorations from home. Hit the grocery store upon arrival to purchase fresh items from produce and floral departments. Tropical flowers last longer if kept in water and out of direct sunlight. Good choices include anthurium, ginger, protea, bird of paradise, and heliconia. Ribbed glass vase sconce by Roost, available at InsideOut Garden Visions; 541/754-6261.
For a clean, sophisticated look, line a mantel with cylindrical glass containers filled with green apples and key limes. Craft a garland out of greenery and florists' wire, then anchor the corners with bouquets of blossoms from the market or local flower shop. Soft Edge Cylinder by Roost, available at Zaragoza; 415/485-5061.
Order greenery online and have it shipped directly to your door. Salal’s lush, dark foliage provides the perfect starting point. An ornamental pink pineapple and coordinating ribbon create an eye-catching alternative to traditional front-door decorations. Wreaths and garland greenery from Oregon Holly; 877/397-5257 or oregonholly.com. Order ornamental pineapple from a florist.
There’s no rule that gifts must be wrapped in red and green. Nudging the dial on the color wheel provides limitless possibilities. Here, bright-green and hot-pink packages dress for the season in solids, dots, plaids, and stripes. Enameled sea-life ornaments embellish boxes. Paper and ribbon from Midori, 800/659-3049 or midoriribbon.com; Metropolitan Deluxe, metropolitandeluxe.com; and Michaels, 800/642-4235 or michaels.com. Ornaments from NYCO; 800/500-0242 for retailers.