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Ho, Ho, Faux – A Quick Guide to Holiday Decor With Artificial Greenery

With just a few short weeks until Christmas, we’re feeling that holiday spirit, and our latest install has us beaming with cheer! We teamed up with Regina Gust to decorate the D’Antoni home in preparation for steady holiday entertaining [including the Houston Rockets team party], and although we wouldn’t usually suggest going the artificial route when it comes to greenery, the D’Antoni family travel schedule doesn’t allow for the real deal. So, let us walk you through how we went faux to create the perfectly understated holiday décor you saw featured in the Houston Chronicle!

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Nobody can deny the convenience of some good old fashioned artificial garland. It’s pliable, never sheds or loses its color, and the best part is that you can pack it up, store it, and use it for years to come!

Expert Tip from Regina Gust Interiors

“Adding in picks of real dried greenery, like magnolia or eucalyptus, lends an authentic appearance to your arrangement without the maintenance required when using fresh plants.”

Now, that’s an idea we can get behind! So, whether you go real or go fake, it’s definitely time to go grab your hot cocoa as you read on for some serious holiday décor inspo:

Kitchen

Beyond festive tea towels and counter-top trinkets, it can be difficult to display tasteful [yet jolly] décor suitable in your cooking space. The perfect solution? Add some garland to your range hood. It’s visible yet stays out of your way and doesn’t take up oh-so-valuable counter space. Here, Regina started with pine and then added in other holiday elements like pine cones and berries; you could even incorporate sprigs of holly or eucalyptus for added texture.

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Foyer

This home has the most fabulous grand foyer and placing the tree at the end of that foyer makes a wow-worthy statement for arriving guests and family, instantly setting a festive tone!

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We didn’t want to overshadow the tree, so we placed a simple garland around the foyer light fixture that hangs in the entry. It’s timeless and non-fussy which is a look we never get enough of.

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Staircase

It’s common to see garland draped around the top of a hand rail but we were working with a steep staircase and wanted as much garland to peek through as possible, so we got a little creative and secured the greenery along the bottom of the staircase, lending a fresh new take on traditional holiday décor.

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Living Room

Nothing is officially “decked” until your mantel sees some love, but it doesn’t have to stop there. Smaller groupings of greenery can make a sophisticated addition to your sconces, tying everything together beautifully.

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And it never hurts when your fireplace is this gorgeous 🙂
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Before calling it a day, we placed one massive wreath over the family’s outdoor fireplace. With all of the lights twinkling softly in the trees nearby, this statement piece was precisely the showstopper we needed to wrap up our bright and busy day.

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A huge shout out to Regina Gust Interiors for sharing a few of your secrets –
you and your team make Houston holidays happen and it was a true joy decking the halls with you <3

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We are so thrilled to be sharing this exciting journey as a part of Just a Girl’s #WelcomeHomeTour, and we highly suggest you make another cup of cocoa and keep on touring for more holiday décor inspo:

The House of Silver Lining – Decked and Styled Holiday Tour

A Thoughtful Place – A Christmas Front Porch

Brooklyn Limestone – Christmas Stoop

Hi, Sugar Plum – A Christmas Entry

Bower Power – A Home Tour

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  1. Everything is absolutely beautiful!