Chances are you’ve been using the same holiday decorations for several years, even decades. Most of us get hit with a wave of nostalgia every December when we pull out the ornaments — the glittery pine cones your kids made in preschool; the crèche that’s been in the family for ages; the stockings knit by Grandma. The holidays are all about tradition, and we don’t want to mess with that. But as you deck your halls this year, consider enlivening the decor by supplementing your festive favorites with some new sparkle. Read on for stylish suggestions to brighten your seasonal scheme.
While your old knitted stockings may have sentimental value, these will wow when hung from the mantle. The black and white stockings are made from various F. Schumacher fabrics and trimmed with emerald green satin by Romo. $75. Liz Caan Interiors, 1066 Centre St., Newton; 617-244-0424, www.lizcaan.com.
Swap out your traditional wreath with this one made
out of white felt. Handmade
in Nepal, the wreath is soft and airy. Available in 12-inch and 18-inch diameters, $39-$59. West Elm, 160 Brookline Ave. 617-450-9500,
Spice up your sofa with this
needlepoint snowflake pillow, crafted by Vermont-based Chandler 4 Corners. Not only is the hand-hooked wool pillow, with its lush velveteen backing, an ideal accent for the holiday season, it’s fitting for the entire winter. $70. Flat of the Hill,
60 Charles St., 617-619-9977, www.flatofthehill.com
Whether filled with a festive brew or water, these glasses are eye-catchers. Hand-etched with a botanical berry pattern, then painted with real gold and fired to create a warm matte finish, the artful glasses are made by Roost. Prices start at $96 for a set of six. Artefact, 1000 Pleasant St., Belmont. 617-993-3347, www.artefacthome.com.
Designed by New York City artists Nicholas Anderson and Julie Ho, these shimmery paper and Styrofoam trees offer an abstract spin on the classic evergreen. Not only are they attractive decorations, they also have something to hide: untwist their tops to open, fill with a small treat or gift, then reseal. $15-$23. West Elm, 160 Brookline Ave. 617-450-9500, www.westelm.com.
Festive flora — really
Though artificial flowers have long been touted as tacky, the gorgeous arrangements by silkflowers.com are so natural in appearance you may consider never buying real ones again. Really. The site’s holiday offerings include an array of poinsettia and amaryllis arrangements, centerpieces, and garland. The best part: the blooms will endure for several seasons to come. $89-$99. www.silkflowers.com.
Graduated red stripes put a modern spin on these classic shaped bowls. The small earthenware serving bowls will dress up any holiday table, and the large mixing bowl is just the
right size for preparing dessert. $3.95-$19.95. Crate & Barrel,
777 Boylston St., Boston; 617-262-8700, www.crateandbarrel.com.
Nest’s Holiday candles combine several heavenly aromas — pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber — that will subtly fill your home with the scent of the season. Packaged in red velvet boxes, the candles make great hostess gifts, too. $14-$32. Flat of the Hill, 60 Charles St., 617-619-9977. www.flatofthehill.com
Sweet Cupcake’s Do-it-Yourself cookies are delicious and almost too pretty to eat. The handmade, round, frosted sugar cookies are packaged with four edible ink pens so you may convey personalized merry sentiments. Starting at $12.50. Sweet Cupcakes, locations in Back Bay, Harvard Square, and Downtown 617-257-2253, www.sweetcupcakes.com.
Be bold. Opt out of trimming a traditional evergreen in favor of one of these sparkling trees. Dusted with decorative snow for subtle shimmer and strung with warm-white lights, the trees are suitable for indoor and outdoor use and look glorious on their own (or with with garlands and ornaments). $119-$150. Restoration Hardware, 300 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill. 617-578-0088, www.restorationhardware.com.
’Tis the season for keeping track. This thick faux-leather journal has two gold-embossed faces: “Naughty” on one side, “Nice” on the other. Keep it out as a whimsical decorative touch, or use it privately to record your most tender and wicked sentiments. $28. Hudson, 12 Union Park, 617-292-0990, www.hudson- boston.com.
Sophisticated in both finish and shape, this brushed gold cutlery set will dazzle dinner guests at your holiday table. The matte pieces are dishwasher safe, so you’ll be able to forgo polishing the silver this year. Set of five, $64. Hudson, 12 Union Park,
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