We are not fans of the poinsettia, but still like to fill the house with holiday cheer. So how do you get festive without the obligatory Christmas plant?
How about doing it with fruit? Pomanders in a big bowl can ring in holiday cheer like nothing else- especially if you can make them look as chic as Ms. Stewart does.
Also, ever since experiencing the thrill of the great NYC restaurant Bouley some years ago we have been obsessed with the genius way they started our senses going by filling the small entry with bushels of aromatic apples.
Ever since, we often pass by the flowers, instead spending $20 on a bunch of fuji's or bosc pears or whatever smells best (remember to sniff that fruit before you by it, people). The fruit goes in a huge bowl and give us as much color, smell and beauty as most cut flowers can. And nothing gets us moe into the holidays than the smells of food and the kitchen.