KEEP­ING IT SIM­PLE

Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - INSIDE -

Vanessa Hunt’s pre­req­ui­sites for sea­sonal dec­o­rat­ing are as sim­ple as her decor.

1. MAKE LIFE EAS­IER Vanessa al­ways asks her­self, “How much work have I cre­ated for my­self on the other end?” The sim­pler the decor, she says, the faster it can be put up and taken down.

2. QUICK TOUCHES Make use of ex­ist­ing decor by adding small sea­sonal touches. Em­bel­lish a fa­vorite piece of stat­u­ary, such as Vanessa’s Way­fair horse, with a berib­boned wreath that dis­ap­pears come spring.

3. NO-FUSS TA­BLE DECOR Don’t over­load your din­ing ta­ble with fussy, im­mov­able dec­o­ra­tions. A pretty clus­ter of pa­per­whites in an an­tique soup tureen and can­dles trimmed in eu­ca­lyp­tus leave room for a sit­down fam­ily meal.

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