Wonderful Greens for Beautiful Holiday Decor



When I go to market to handpick all the beautiful holiday decor that will be showcased at GailGray, it is definitely overwhelming, but oh so much fun!  I am in my element for sure and my heart sings!!

One of my most important and time consuming purchases, is finding great and affordable greenery for the holidays  These are the basis of all gorgeous, lush displays.  To build show-stopping arrangements….the secret is Great Faux Greenery.

Masterful Centerpiece 


This centerpiece began with a 6 foot snowy green garland with baby pine cones, fluffed with care to make it more natural and realistic.  We then added the “icing”….sparkly ornaments hanging from the candlesticks, black and  white houndstooth ribbon flowing through, red beaded garland and oh so wonderful battery operated string of lights.  These lights are a treasure for all the places, like a dining table, where a electric set simply does not work.  They add drama and sparkle to every room.

Think  Outside the Box












JT, our interior designer and “make it gorgeous guy” had an inspiration to create this magnificent “chandelier”.   The base is a large green wreath hung from a chain wrapped in garland.   He added red berries for color, gold ornaments in different shapes and sizes, glass teardrop ornaments for sparkle and the crowning touch is a lantern in the center with a lamp inside. Wallah…..beauty to behold!

I always add extra to my greens in my home…….picks in the garland on the staircase to make it fuller, different picks, stems and branches on my mantle to give it more interest and color….and, of course, “WOW”  like the chandelier above….really WOW!!

Greens on the Table



This lovely centerpiece on a cocktail table began with the candle ring pictured above.  Sheer genius!!!   The large wreath with pine cones was placed on top but any size wreath can be used.   We added ornaments, a pretty serving plate in the middle with gold swirly glasses on top.

One important tip when placing and designing your creation…..always fluff and make your greens look natural, not flat.  Tuck the stems so not in sight.

Dress Up Your Mirror  


In the snapshot above, green picks were placed in the corner of a mirror with feathers and ornaments.   You can do the same thing with artwork, windows …..any little corner crying for softness and pizzazz.

I used to decorate with real greens because I love the smell of the pine and the natural look.   But now, I use faux as they have come so very far in their natural appearance and now I am not cleaning up dripping sap and needles.

Imagine the Possibilities

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We, at GailGray are more than happy to help you design and decorate your home for the holidays.  Give us a call or bring a photo to the store with your holiday design/decorating dilemma.