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Going Green

When you live near one of Maineís iconic forests, fresh-cut greenery is a prerequisite for seasonal decorating. Artificial branches canít truly replicate the natural beauty of emerald green balsam fir, richly textured cedar and heavenly white pine. Daniel Higgins and his partner, Sean Weber, adorn every room in their Orrington, Maine, home with a live Christmas tree, wreaths, sprays, and garlands made with fresh greens, berries and pinecones, a technique exemplified in their living room. To keep real greenery looking its best for the entire season, Daniel recommends these simple steps, starting in late October:

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Woodsy Twiggy Tree

Put a new twist on a holiday tabletop display with a simple DIY tannenbaum that is the perfect showcase for pinecone ornaments and lettered wood slices.

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Country Sampler Christmas Tree Giveaway!

You could WIN this stunning pre-lit Christmas tree from Country Sampler and Balsam Hill!

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Decorating Secret
Set the Stage

Set the Stage

Reinvent a deep headboard as a make-do mantel. Eager to decorate their bedroom in addition to the rest of the house, Jeannie and Bruce Kilmer have layered long-needle wreaths on window frames, with deer figures joining the rustic scene.
Photographed and Styled by Gridley + Graves


What type of Christmas tree do you prefer to decorate in your home?

Real, fresh-cut tree
Artificial but realistic green tree
Artificial tree with flocked branches
Old-fashioned feather tree
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