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Mistletoe makes life awkward, tinsel’s bad for your cat and nobody likes poinsettias anyway—so how’s a grown woman supposed to decorate her home for the holidays? Enter Becky De Oliveira, owner of Toronto flower shop Blush & Bloom and the person who’s here to save your space from looking like Home Alone 4 threw up on it.
1. Skip the traditional tree. “I’m not a fan of Christmas trees, generally speaking. A good alternative is three indoor wreaths of assorted sizes mounted on a wall to create a focal point in a room.” 2. Think outside the evergreen-bough box. “I really love using stems of cotton (yes, as in the plant). It is so wintery, beautiful and tall, and it just needs to be in a simple vase on its own. Rosehips are a fresh way to add a splash of red to your decor without being too literal.” 3. Don’t forget the kitchen counter. “For parties, I love one large floral arrangement surrounded by candles to demand attention in a room—either on the mantel, in the foyer or even on the kitchen counter.”