What's missing from this beautiful marble mantle in a warm and cozy Brooklyn apartment? A length of festive evergreen garland, of course! Whether real or fake, store-bought or foraged, the room-transforming, merry-making power of holiday greenery cannot be overstated. And with possible places to prop the stuff lurking all over the house, it's an incredibly easy way to deck the halls.
For a modern-looking garland, Monika Hibbs mixed in silver dollar eucalyptus and punctuated the look with long, flowing bows. The swooping garland looks extra dramatic when secured along a banister.
To dress up a mirror, follow Megan Pflug's tutorial on One Kings Lane for building the elaborate pagoda above. Or, for a more effortless effect, just drape the garland across the glass.
In a minimalist home from Mokkasin, a pared-down pine garland along the mantel emphasizes the space's simplicity.
When it's time for the big dinner, pull down the garland and run it along the center of the table. The lush one above from Food52 ($70) combines eucalyptus, cedar and tallow berries.
When showing The Glitter Guide how she decorates for the holiday, Jacin Fitzgerald doesn't let the garland stop on the mantel, but she suspends some from the chandelier, too.
Don't overdo it: Just a small swag of greenery above the mirror adds holiday flair to this powder room from Cupcakes and Cashmere.
For a less "Christmas-y" looking garland, follow the Avery Street Design Blog's guide to constructing silver dollar eucalyptus chains. Use them to outline a leafy headboard or let them frame a window.
For a unique take on the holiday shelfie, Kristin Jackson of Hunted Interior draped a pre-lit and pre-decorated garland over the edge of her dresser. Holiday decorating doesn't get any easier than that.
A lighted garland around a doorway makes for a romantic transition between rooms in graphic designer and photographer Julia Manchik's home.