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See how a holiday-loving family creates sophisticated Christmas decor that also feels casual and down-to-earth.
Anne and Jonathan Carr have three kids, ages 5 to 10. That's why Anne says her decorating strategy is rooted in modern design, not fussy details. "I used to do a lot more when the kids were younger," she says, "but I think you can get a festive look with a few easy touches and also save your sanity."
A swag of fuzzy pom-poms and vases of amaryllis on the mantel add to the jolly atmosphere.
Take it further: For a simple, natural look, arrange greens and pomegranates on the mantel.
In another room, Anne sets the scene by filling apothecary jars with treats and making candy trees with her kids from foam forms and gumdrops.
"Every year my kids put a mishmash of balls and wood ornaments on these quirky little artificial trees," Anne says.
An arrangement of feather, gold, and silver trees makes a fun tabletop vignette.
Take it further: Spray white lacquer on pinecones for a snowy, shiny look.