17 Essentials for Effortlessly Beautiful Holiday Decor

17 Essentials for Effortlessly Beautiful Holiday Decor

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 27, 2017
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Just the other day I was alarmed to discover that many of my friends, people who are apparently much more on top of things than I am, have already completely decorated their homes for Christmas. Meanwhile, I have a single dusty box of ornaments tucked under the couch, and have not even bought a tree yet. But hey, it's early in the month and not at all too late to pull together a modern, elegant holiday look, and we've got just the stuff to help you do it.

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Tabletop Noble Fir at Terrain, $88

Yes, you can have a Christmas tree in even a very small space—this tabletop tree is just four feet high and gets delivered straight to your door with a watertight-lined rattan basket.

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Modern Star Tree Topper at MoMA Design Store, $18.95

This beautiful geometric tree topper is equally perfect for a traditional or modern styled tree.

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Stargazer Starry Glass Ornament at Terrain, $20

Tiny string lights create a tiny, perfect winter world.

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Silver & Blue Garland at Terrain, $78

Six feet of garland made from winter greenery, to bring the invigorating smell of a pine forest into your city home. Drape this over door frames, on mantels, on your dining table and beyond!

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Silver Star Ornaments (set of 12) at Land of Nod, $19.97 (on sale)

Add a little shine to your tree with these simple star ornaments.

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LED Cabin Cloche at Terrain, $34

This tiny glowing dome will add a little holiday warmth to your home.

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Luster Ornaments, Set of 6 at CB2, $19.95

Classic blown-glass spheres with just a hint of silver and gold.

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Silver Glitter Wreath at Crate & Barrel, $29.95

This wreath, which feels wintry but also just a tiny bit aquatic, can be hung on a door or placed around a candle on a holiday tabletop.

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Copper Star Tree Stand at Williams-Sonoma, $129.95

Finally, a tree stand you'll actually want to look at.

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Cozy Knit Ivory Tree Skirt at Crate and Barrel, $129

If tree skirts are more your thing, this chunky knit one is perfect for creating a cozy, stylish look.

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Lit Laser Cut Wood Deer Scene at Target, $10

This sweet little woodland scene lights up, and the price is just right.

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Stargazer Copper Twine Branch Light at Terrain, $58

Hung on the wall or draped around a doorway, this beautiful branch light will make a big impact without a lot of effort.

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White Porcelain Houses at Crate & Barrel, $14.95 each

Add battery operated tealights to the inside of these tiny porcelain homes for a cozy tabletop display.

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Bird Snowglobe at Target, $14.99

Nothing says holidays quite like a snowglobe, and this is an elegant, modern take.

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Bay Leaf & Pepperberry Wreath at Williams-Sonoma, Starting at $49.95

Fresh bay leaves (accented here with pepperberry) both look and smell delicious.

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Scepter White Glass Tree Toppers at CB2, Starting at $14.95

These modern tree toppers are perfect if you're looking for something a little off the beaten path. Plus, they'd be just as lovely on a tabletop as shown here as they would be at the top of a tree.

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Silver Jingle Bells Garland at Crate & Barrel, $13.97

At first glance they look like tiny silver berries, but upon closer inspection you'll notice that this garland is made of tiny, tiny jingle bells.

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