A Warm Welcome

Creating a holiday atmosphere with natural materials

Decorating for the holidays does not have to be expensive. Just look out your window for inspiration from the outdoors. This year try to opt for the simplicity of natural materials. It is all about imagination and atmosphere.

Expecting holiday houseguests? A front porch container overflowing with evergreens and plant materials from your garden provides an instant welcome.

Earthy and bright colors add a warm welcome to your home for the holidays.

Popular materials include Red twig dogwood, red winterberries, pinecones and the greens of Norway pines, incense cedars and boxwoods.

Try groupings for impact. If one container is good, two or more is better. Urns by a door or sidewalk entry add a formal note. On the lawn, patio or porch, group containers with similar shapes or colors in different sizes for a bigger impression. Keep materials similar, but don’t worry about matching exactly. Add white lights to give long winter nights some sparkle.

Decorating with birch logs is a great way to achieve a rustic and natural look during the holidays. There are many ways to use this natural element both indoors and outdoors. Arrange them in an outdoor planter, on a fireplace hearth, place them in a wire basket, wrap them in white twinkle lights, or even use them to make candle holders. It doesn’t really matter how you display them. They usher in the holidays and give your home a rustic and natural feel to any room.

A simple container of red berries and fresh pine fill the air with the fresh scent of the holiday season.

The rich red color of cranberries makes a perfect holiday decoration. A popular way to display them is with candles. Simply fill a clear glass vase or a wide dish with cranberries and nestle a pillar candle within. You can also add greenery and pinecones. If you really want to make an impact make several of these candle holders and place them down the center of a dining table to create a beautiful centerpiece. We hope your Holidays are filled with special moments fond memories. Come visit the Mustard Seed for all Holiday décor needs, TheMustardSeedinc.com