The holidays are upon us, and if you're already overwhelmed by all the gift-buying and hosting—in addition going about your regular life and work—one way to deal is to scale it back and go low-key on all the holiday decorating. Instead of dragging out all those boxes of wreaths and ornaments, or lugging home a big tree, go simple and minimalist with just a little basic fresh holiday garland.
Seasonal greenery never, ever fails to make a home feel festive. Whether it's actually the real live deal, bought fake from the store, or made from greenery you found in the woods, it's an incredibly easy way to deck the halls—yet in every room in the house. Drape it around your fireplace mantel, down your stairway banister, or around an entryway for near-instant natural and merry-making look.
Artificial garland has its place in this world, but the fresh stuff, with its pine-y smell, really adds a totally different dimension to your home. These 20-foot lengths from Lowes bring the outdoors in for under $20, and they will last for a good long time.
If that feels too plain, embellish with your own string lights, pinecones, or colorful ornaments if you've got them. Or, you can buy a pre-decorated garland with all that already baked in. This one from Pottery Barn uses magnolia leaves, boxwood and fir boughs, interspersed with some pomegranates and other botanicals for a more varied, yet still natural, look.
If you want a twist on the traditional, try a garland made of different plants, like this one from World Market. There's something clean and fresh about these lighter green eucalyptus and olive leaves that reads modern and minimalist. Use them if you want to take your decorations long past Christmas and into the new year.