Trim & Proper

EN­JOY MARIA'S TIPS FOR GIV­ING YOUR TREE SIM­PLE VIN­TAGE EL­E­GANCE.

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Past Loves. “Don’t hes­i­tate to use vin­tage or­na­ments from your col­lec­tion on the tree,” she says. “Gifted or­na­ments from years gone by are fun to hang as well. They al­ways spark mem­o­ries of Christ­mases past.”

Picked Leaves. “I love us­ing nat­u­ral el­e­ments in our tree,” she says. “I of­ten go pick decorative twigs and green­ery from my par­ents’ coun­try prop­erty to dress it up. One year, I wrapped grapevine gar­land all the way around the lush green pine branches of our tree to em­pha­size the more nat­u­ral look that works so well in Christmas dé­cor.”

Print Lengths. “I of­ten like to use wide decorative rib­bon pur­chased at craft stores to wrap around the tree as well,” she says. “Pretty printed rib­bon makes for cheery fes­tive gar­lands through­out our Christmas home!”

Like a soft bed of snow, this white desk holds a sleigh full of many of Maria's bright or­na­ments. A short gar­land, small bot­tle­brush tree and even green glass bot­tles be­neath com­ple­ment the scene.

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