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Welcome Nature In: These Simple Displays Can Be Created Using Items Found Outdoors-Maybe Even in Your Own Backyard

Magazine article Sunset

Welcome Nature In: These Simple Displays Can Be Created Using Items Found Outdoors-Maybe Even in Your Own Backyard

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Rethink the wreath

As festive as an evergreen bough but less expected, a cypress-tree door decoration will see you through the holidays and beyond. Set a potted mini cypress on a plastic saucer, wrap in a burlap bag, and nail the drawstring to your door (adding a twig of barberry if you like). Keep the tree well watered, and plant it at the end of the season.

GET THE LOOK Natural burlap round-bottom bag (3 in. high, $8.88/10 bugs; paperrnart.com)

Create a fresh centerpiece

When cut to the length of your dining table, a piece of weathered barn wood can function as a runner (no ironing required). Use the plank as a stage for seasonal produce, such as plums, pears, apples, figs, and pattypan squash. Weave crabapple branches throughout for added texture, and stagger candles nestled in pebble-filled votive holders for ambience.

GET THE LOOK Barn wood (from $5.95/ft.; old-barn-wood.com); Gale) tea-light holders ($1.994 holders; ikea.com for store locations)

Seta seasonal bar

A bar is more than a place to mix a drink--it's a decorating opportunity. …

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