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To lend holiday spirit to a cream decorating scheme, New York homeowner Elizabeth Tanny simply adds green. See how she gives her home Christmas cheer minus the traditional red.
To give a holiday feel to her home's neutral color palette, Elizabeth Tanny infuses simple Christmas decorations -- stockings, wrapped gifts, and a basket of ornament balls -- all chosen in shades of green. Fresh winter greenery is a natural accent, too. In the family room, Elizabeth dresses the mantel with evergreen branches and a wreath of evergreens, seeded eucalyptus, and green hypericum berries.
To create a unified, uncluttered look, Elizabeth decorates her fresh-cut evergreen with ornaments of similar shape and size -- all in hues of green, brown, and white. For a simple accent, she ties many of the ornaments to the tree with bows of ribbon or rickrack.
Gifts wrapped in silver, cream, and pale apple-green papers are tied with a variety of green, brown iridescent, and checked ribbons. Beneath, an inexpensive rug serves as a tree skirt.