With the holiday season upon us, it's that time of year again when we transform our homes from the everyday and fill it with our festive favorites. As much as we may love our seasonal favorites, bringing the beauty of nature indoors for the holidays can give an organic, all-natural aesthetic.
From garland to wreaths to a table centerpiece, incorporating greenery cut from trees around the home is the most easy and inexpensive approach to layering nature into your holiday décor. Cut greens, from a fir, pine, and/or cedar, can be perfect for the mantel, table, or door.
This mantel by Emily Clark beautifully displays a swag-style cedar garland draped on the mantel, while cut magnolia leaves adorn varying sized vases. So simple, yet sophisticated.
Birch branches are accessible elements in nature. Arrange a cut birch log on a mantel or table as the base for a tablescape. Layer in evergreens, pine cones, and twigs of red winter berries - real or artificial - to instantly create a beautiful all-natural arrangement like this one.
Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and oranges are the perfect pairing with seasonal décor. Against the bright hue of the fruit exterior, cloves can be added to make interesting and unique patterns. Combine fruit with greenery or fresh herbs to create a dynamic and festive focal point. Whether for an ornament on the Christmas tree, like this decorated lemon by Look What I Made, or grouped with other fresh finds, fruit can be an easy and inexpensive element to decorate with this holiday season.
Adding cut wood can truly bring the outdoors in to create a rustic, organic aesthetic. From the table to the tree, wood slices - small or large - can be a beautiful layering element. Use small cut wood slices to make an adorable tiered Christmas ornament for the tree. Add simple embelishments like bows or beads to give unique, one-of-a-kind flair.
As much as we may love our seasonal favorites, bringing the beauty of nature indoors for the holidays, creates for a warm and welcoming rustic aesthetic. Decorating the tree with ornaments that reflect the outdoors is a beautiful way to create a winter wonderland. Using glass ornaments, DIY Inspired filled the center of a terrarium-style decoration using elements found in the great outdoors.
Whether a traditional style or contemporary setting, magnolia leaves are also a seasonal favorite that can beautifully compliment a holiday vignette. The large leaves of a magnolia are reversible; the brown side is just as beautiful and can be a gorgeous compliment when layered against a contrasting background.
A wreath can be the perfect way to decorate with magnolia leaves. Whether on their own or mixed with other cut greenery, magnolia leaves are ideal for the Christmas season and will look beautiful on the front door.
Along with the many lights and ornaments, one element that is simple, free, and apropos to incorporate into holiday decorating is nature. What's more beautiful than bringing the outdoors in and decorating with natural elements to evoke an organic elegance? From the garland to the wreath to the tree, this living room by Unskinny Boppy is enveloped in natural beauty.