Real or Fake…that is the ?? and a Giveway

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Do you like real greens for Christmas?  Or is faux just fine with you?

I prefer the real thing, but it can get expensive to make it look full.  A trick I have used for years, is to mix the two.  I use cheap garland or wreaths and add fresh branches over it.  I just use the wire branches to wrap around the fresh and hold it in place.  The result is more dramatic than either option and it makes the house smell SO good!


I love Christmas, to me it is the BEST time of year! So for fun, I thought I would do some giveaways over the next few weeks.

First up is a magazine subscription!  One of you will get a year subscription to House Beautiful.

The only rule is you have to follow my blog in some way.  (e-mail, RSS feed, Facebook or Twitter)

To enter:

1.  Leave a comment letting me know how you follow.

2.  **Bonus entry:  Leave a comment letting me know if you prefer to decorate with real, fake or mixed greens for the holidays.**

This giveaway will close at 12am EST, Saturday, December 8th.


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  1. Marissa Johnson says

    I follow on Facebook!

    I like to decorate with both real and faux. Great idea mixing them together though!!

  2. Sue Sullivan says

    I’ve been following you since I first met you at the Horton’s French Flea a couple of years ago! I’d luv some inspiration from House Beautiful in the form of a free subscription. Thanks for the opportunity. Oh, and I combine both faux and real, but I try and use real as often as I can.
    :-) Sue

  3. Sue Sullivan says

    Just saw that the comment about faux and real should be a separate comment. Whoops…. Please count is as my second entry. I like using real and faux together, although I prefer real!
    :-) Sue

  4. Lori says

    I like to get real and have fun grabbing branches of berries from roadsides and greens from our yard. The produce section of the grocery store has fun stuff too. Love your blog and your style!

  5. DawnM says

    I follow your blog and love it! I LOVE real greens, but living in the SW, the real thing dries out really quickly, so faux it is. Thank goodness for really great smelling candles! =)

  6. Ella says

    You’re in my google reader!!!! Love your blog…I guess that probably goes without saying, since I’ve been following you for a while now, LOL.

  7. Ella says

    I prefer real…but for budget we’re fake-r’s all the way. However, I never thought about mixing them before. I’m gonna have to try it. I love the smell of the real thing for sure. Doesn’t quite smell like Christmas without it, especially since we converted to fake trees years ago too.

  8. Becky S. says

    I usually decorate with an artificial tree now that I have wood floors. The sap is bad for them. However, I did find a bundled stack of real tree branches yesterday at the tree lot to decorate with. I just LOVE the smell!

  9. Alix says

    I follow your blog by rss on my iGoogle home page. So I see your latest blog entry every time I open up the web! Great ideas!


  10. Delaine says

    I love Christmas decorating with both real and faux. Just as long as it smells like Christmas, sparkles and makes me happy!

  11. Linda Owens says

    I use fake because my family is allergic to the real thing. I try to buy good quality so it looks somewhat real.

  12. Robin Bonvino says

    I prefer real greens but use both! Thankfully the faux greenery is looking more real these days!

  13. Betty says

    I follow you by e-mail and use both fake and real, but have not used them together in the same decoration. Great idea!

  14. Tammy says

    I follow you on facebook and pinterest! Love your style, and I hope the table you bought is working out for you too ! Oh, I love real, but this year, it’s all fake. Still pretty with lots of lights !

  15. Bonnie Schulte says

    Today, outside I used three types of evergreens, because I was able to cut it all for FREE, at my son’s and daughter-in-laws’s home, to place in the front of our home in a large planter, and by our front door, in a large urn. but, inside, I usually use the fake for garland, (easier clean up) but a real live tree ( for 49 years, we have done so) and I do buy candles, that make the house smell like Christmas.

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