“D” is for Deck the Halls

QVC, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn

QVC, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn

Festive times call for festive decor. But for design lovers, the challenge has always been where to find holiday accents that speak to the season in style. I’m happy to report that 2016 is shaping up to be the year of tasteful holiday decor. Need proof positive? Here are five beautiful ways to deck your halls -inside and out- without a single elf on the shelf.

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

If you don’t have a mantel or would prefer to hang stockings in a less unexpected place (in a bay window, on a covered porch), the Iron Finial stocking stand is ideal. Made of sturdy iron in an antique bronze finish, this portable piece has removable sliding hooks and velvet pads on the bottom of its feet to protect floors. $129/stand, $9/set of 4 hooks.

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

A natural alternative to a traditional tree skirt, the Willow Christmas Tree basket adds lots of texture because it’s hand-woven of willow branches and finished in a neutral washed gray which accentuates the weave. The basket has high sides to help disguise the tree stand and comes in two sizes to fit a variety of tree sizes. $79-$99.

QVC

QVC

Luminara Lexington lanterns with flameless candle and remote control are a high-end look (choose from black, silver, red and white) at affordable prices. They’re sturdy, made for indoor or outdoor use (the smallest one comes with a yard stake), have a 5 hour on/19-hour off timer function as well as remote controls, and would easily sell for double anywhere else. That makes these lanterns not only the deal of the day but likely the entire holiday season. $42/10″ lantern, $47/14″ lantern, $64/18″ lantern.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Granted, the Lit Glitter Birch reindeer is an investment purchase. However, it’s so exquisitely designed that it’s worth it. Crafted of birch wood, with head and legs wrapped in jute rope for rustic contrast, this chic 26″ high x 40″ long reindeer is lit with dozens of mini LED lights that create a soft, warm glow. Although shown outdoors in the snow, that’s just for dramatic effect. Place yours on a covered porch or near the hearth to protect it from the elements and it should last for years. $299.

Whether you decorate early (like me) or wait until right before the big day, shop now because decor like this will sell out fast. You snooze. You lose.

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