Whenever I do a walk-through of a potential new home—regardless of the season—I inevitably end up thinking about how the space would look decorated for the holidays. Stairs were a big selling point for my current place, and when December hit, I practically skipped to the store in search of fresh-cut boughs to wrap around the railings. I tied them up with bows, made from extra wide, extra long ribbon and stood back to admire my work. It looked straight out of a Hallmark movie. Two weeks later? Not so much. Even though I regularly sprayed the garlands with water (and soaked them beforehand), pine needles were everywhere and they’d lost much of their original luster.
This year, I vowed to find a cleaner, more cost-effective alternative and spent hours researching different companies, reading reviews and zooming in on product photos to assess whether the garland would actually look good in person. I took a chance and ordered Balsam Hill’s faux Fraser Fir garlands.
Once in place, I was pleasantly surprised. The garland has two different types of “foliage,” providing more texture and variability. I opted for no lights because I worried how the bulbs would fare long-term and that helped create a more natural look, too. If you get up super close, you’re able to tell they aren’t the real deal, but they’re believable enough that I’ve received lots of compliments—and surprised looks when I tell guests they’re fake.
If you get up super close, you’re able to tell they aren’t the real deal, but they’re believable enough that I’ve received lots of compliments—and surprised looks when I tell guests they’re fake.
In the spirit of giving, I’m sharing six more seriously good greenery dupes that can help transform your home into a winter wonderland.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are to thank for this ethereal garland with life-like pinecones that looks like it came straight out of a fairytale. It’s ideal for a mantel since the lights on the garland cannot be connected to make longer strands.
Terrain is Anthropologie’s sister company and I love some of their more unconventional options, including this rosemary garland that would go well in the kitchen (or really any room in the house).
This is similar to the Fraser Fir garlands that I swear by, except this one has even more texture and pinecones, making for a very “cottage in the woods” kind of vibe. It’s also available in wreath form.
This simple wreath can make a big impact. Try styling two in a pair of windows or hang one from an oversized picture frame with a pretty ribbon.
Sometimes less is more. I love the look of this simple tree inside a cute planter or basket. It’d be perfect for a covered front porch.
Granted, magnolia leaves aren’t naturally gold (I wish!), but this garland still provides an earthy touch. For extra sparkle, add the matching wreath.