Whether your home is on the market or not, decorating for the holidays can be overdone, overwhelming and overly complicated. It need not be. My ideas for keeping your home festive without too much effort, expense, or fluff:
If you add something to a room, take something away. This maintains a sense of open space for peace of mind as well as practical maneuverability. (Especially if you are showing your home during the holidays, maintain that sparsity that sells square footage.)
Stick with a simple decorating thread—pine cones and greens, berries and silver, brown and green, white candles, red accents, etc. Remember, not all the decorations need to come out every year.
Think textures… of shape, scent, shades of color, finishes (shiny, matte).
And always…keep it real! I like fresh pine, real candles, dry berries on twigs and fresh berries in water, growing herbs, clove scented oranges…
This year my love of pine cones is taking center stage. Over the years I have collected bags of pine cones from the big and sappy to the tiny and brown. I have cinnamon scented ones (great in a bathroom). I have a line of tiny, brown and frosty pine cones on my mantel. I have a lone pine cone, a group of three, a pine cone and a simple candle, a textured green wreath and ornamental pot accented with huge pine cones…you get the idea.