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Holiday decorations can be more than just nutcrackers and candy canes. These ideas will help you discover a new twist to holiday style.  

No matter what your style is, holiday design is all about shine, texture, and color. Holiday decorating is so versatile, you can always find your flair, whether it’s traditional, monochromatic, or bright and funky. If you are feeling overwhelmed with the variety of decorations out there, here are a few looks to get you inspired.

Flickr user    Lynn Chan
Flickr user Lynn Chan

Jewel tones and strong shapes are bold and festive additions to the season’s classic looks.

Flickr user    Jason D' Great
Flickr user Jason D’ Great

Sometimes more is more. A large tree brimming with ornaments and lights can give a luxe and dazzling look.

Flickr user    Patrick Denker
Flickr user Patrick Denker

Tired of poinsettias? Update your holiday look with fresh flowers and non-traditional greenery.

Flickr user    Heather Cowper
Flickr user Heather Cowper

Welcome your friends and family with a simple and elegant wreath.

Flickr user    Scott Robinson
Flickr user Scott Robinson

Lighting can make your holiday party intimate and cozy. Flanking your mantle with small trees can make a perfect gathering space.  

Flickr user    Proflowers
Flickr user Proflowers

Remix the traditional centerpiece at your next dinner party. Seat your guests at a table with a natural runner of lush greens, candles, and bright holiday fruit. (Visit Proflowers to learn how to make this holiday centerpiece.)


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Meilan Carter-Gilkey is a freelance writer and a writing coach who blogs about being a parent of sons 16 years apart. She has an MFA from Mills College in creative writing and her work has appeared in Mutha Magazine, Heart&Soul, and elsewhere.  


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