Courtesy John DerianHoliday decorating doesn’t necessarily entail maximalism. In this quiet, atmospheric vignette, artist and designer John Derian simply hung an evergreen garland above a doorframe, packed a basket full of oversize metallic baubles, and hung a delicate paper sprig of mistletoe from the cabinet. Subtle, effortless—and timeless.
Courtesy Sarah BartholomewA chic Christmas tree alternative? A set of petite topiaries, grouped together and decked out in whimsical red ribbon. The look, which has the enduring appeal of Bunny Mellon’s preferred plants, comes to us courtesy of designer Sarah Bartholomew, who also outlined a display nook in a verdant garland for double the gorgeousness.
Michael SinclairEvergreens needn’t be only of the conifer variety. Just see the out-of-this-world holiday greenery in the London home of House of Hackney co-founders Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle. Here, for a stunning dining centerpiece, they used a variety of wild greens and tucked in quirky blooms, like pale pink anthurium, with holly berry sprigs for a fun nod to tradition. Get the look by using your own backyard as inspiration.
Ariel GarneauNo space? No problem! We love how PBQfortwo’s Ariel Garneau used her sideboard to display an adorable collection of miniature vintage Christmas trees. Follow suit by arranging your own holiday heirlooms in a festive tableau.
Courtesy Martyn Lawrence BullardELLE DECOR A-List designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is known for being a bit extra when it comes to his decor (see his opulent California home), and the holidays are no exception. “I always love to incorporate as many natural elements as I can in my Christmas decor,” he tells us—especially fresh blooms, as seen here on his flower-festooned mantel. “For longevity I use orchids,” he advises. “When they have the little water containers on the bottom they can last easily two weeks in the tree or dressing the swags on your mantel.”
Josh YöungWe love how artist and designer Josh Yöung ditched the expected Christmas color combo of red and green for one of yellow and white. Not only does it serve as a unified, neutral scheme, the subtle splashes of vitamin-C hues are the perfect antidote to any winter blues.
Joyce ParkEntryways are a great spot to go “ham” for the holidays. And, if you’re blessed with a double-height lobby like style maven Kelly Wearstler, you can bring your Christmas decor to new heights by hanging a simple evergreen garland from the ceiling. And with a little wire, you can create an abstract, torquing look with signature drama, like Wearstler did here.
Christopher PayneColorful Christmas trees are a surefire way to add some retro appeal to your holiday decor, and we’re especially fond of this unusual tangerine one in designer Michel Smith Boyd’s home. The bold choice lends a surprisingly neutral look in the context of the rest of the room, while the leopard-print tree skirt adds a dash of wild fun. Orange you glad you spied this idea?
Anastasiia KrivenokGetty ImagesWant instant curb appeal? Outline your door with a bauble-packed garland and complete the look with a matching wreath. Your guests (and Santa!) will be in the holiday spirit before they even step inside.
Kylie FittsJust because red and green are the typical Christmas color palette doesn’t mean they’re your only options. Havenly’s Heather Goerzen shook up the status quo by filling this nook with warm pinks, creams, and oranges. The result is a fun, refreshing take on the classic palette.
Kylie FittsYou can dress up any nook and cranny of your home—just take a look at this space from Havenly. Shelby Girard, the brand’s vice president of creative and design, beautified this radiator with a garland, string lights, and minimalist stockings.
Lauren Elaine InteriorsAnyone who wants to spruce up their laundry room should take a cue from Lauren Elaine Interiors. The Atlanta-based designer decked out this butler’s pantry with a lush green wreath and matching mini topiaries.