Just in time for us to get serious about holiday decorating, our friends at Terrain have published a witty, stylish book full of tips of the trade. Anyone who’s ever visited one of Terrain’s shops decorated for the holiday season may well wonder who created all those glowing, golden depictions of long-ago wintertime, seen through a lens of modern style?
The answer: The inventive displays came from the imagination of the same team who are behind Terrain: Ideas and Inspiration for Decorating the Home and Garden. Edited by Greg Lehmkuhl and the gardeners of Terrain, the book was written by Caroline Lees and showcases ideas for creating indoor and outdoor garden vignettes year-round. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for holiday curb appeal:
Photography by Isa Salazar for Terrain except where noted, courtesy of Artisan Books.
1. Forage for fresh evergreens.
Simple greenery—boughs, branches, and berries gathered in your backyard or from the nearby landscape—create a festive backdrop for the holiday season. Bedeck a doorway or roof line with evergreens wired together (they’ll last for weeks outdoors in the cold). For the mantel indoors, consider “sprays of bright red winterberry, glossy holly branches, and simple, fragrant evergreen boughs, made all the more beautiful in the golden glimmer of candlelight,” notes Terrain.
2. Create gathering spaces.
Indoors, we gather around a fireplace or dining table. Outdoors you can “illuminate the landscape with lighted structures to encourage twilight strolls in the snow, or create an unexpected space for winter gatherings by designing an outdoor room with a crackling fire pit as a centerpiece,” notes Terrain.
3. Let lights lead the way.
“Rather than lighting the entire home or yard, focus on a few high-impact displays that frame the entrance and approach,” notes Terrain.
Shrubs, trees, light poles, and railings can become scaffolding for holiday lights. Be strategic and affix lights to these existing landscape features to guide guests to your front door.
4. Make a DIY gilded wreath.
You can use either gilding paste or spray paint to add a festive touch to sturdy plant materials—fresh boughs gathered from garden or preserved botanicals will work equally well for this project. For step-by-step instructions, see Terrain: Ideas and Inspiration for Decorating the Home and Garden.
5. Decorate a tabletop tree.
Have you ever wondered how a tiny tree would look on your front porch? See sources for live tabletop trees at A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree That Can Change Your Life.
6. Create an “outdoor artpiece.”
7. Add jingle bells to a wreath.
See more way to dress up a garden for the holidays:
- 10 Things Nobody Tells You About Christmas Trees
- A favorite succulent for the holidays? Christmas Cactus: A Houseplant That Will Change Your Life
- DIY: Plant Your Christmas Tree in the Garden
- Curb Appeal: 11 Ways to Make Your House Look Welcoming in Winter