The answer is, yes. When we were growing up, our houses were trimmed in blinking multicolored lights, and our Christmas trees also groaned under their weight. This year at home we're drawn to less labor-intensive—or at least quieter—holiday displays that come from the garden (but yes, we still go out of our way to drive past that house with the blinking rooftop reindeer).
Above: This dried flower garland is from Shane Powers' book, Bring the Outdoors In. It's appropriate decor for all year round; we especially love it for the holidays. For the how-to, see DIY: Dried Flower Garland with Shane Powers, and see all Dried Flowers in our gallery.
Above: Erin takes us on a tour of the wreaths of Brooklyn, and this rustic wreath is one of many in The Wreaths of Brooklyn: A Neighborhood Tour. Browse our gallery for more garden-inspired design in New York City.
Above: Michelle's Mission-style home decked out in lights reminds us that white is our favorite winter color; this is as close to having a snow-covered house as we're going to get in Northern California. (We hope she continues the tradition next year.) Find her strategy in DIY: A Starry Night Holiday Light Display and see more Spanish-Inspired design in our gallery.
Above: Rounding out our nontraditional Christmas decor picks is a bromeliad as Christmas star. Get the details in DIY: Christmas Window Boxes and browse our photo gallery of Succulents for more inspiration.