Michael Corbeil's holiday decorating tipsPublished on November 7, 2012

  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

Instead of one centrepiece, create a "tablescape" with fresh flowers in assorted co-ordinating vases accented with decorations.

Use fresh flowers on your Christmas tree in vials or small vases. Long-lasting flowers such as orchids, ornithogalums or leucadendrons should last 10 days to two weeks.

Don't be afraid to add fruit or vegetables to your floral arrangements. They add an interesting textural contrast and a touch of whimsy.

Everybody has more ornaments than can fit on one tree, so fill some vases with boughs and branches and create your own style of "tree" on which to hang some of your treasures on.

Your front entrance needs more than just a wreath. Winter planters, small conifers and outdoor lanterns are among the many things that welcome guests in style.

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