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Eye-catching but decidedly elegant, the soft warmth of gold and brass paired with the coolness of silver creates a sophisticated holiday palette. Decorative objects mixed with plants that seem as if they’ve been frosted with ice or lit by the winter sun create a look that is both festive and inviting.
Embellished with birds and silver picks, this atlas-cedar garland makes the entrance to the dining room subtly sparkly.
Wishbone chair, by Carl Hansen & Son, suiteny.com
Corbett dining table, $1,999, roomandboard.com
Salad plate, by Mud Australia, in Ash, $40, abchome.com
Gold-plated stainless-steel flatware, $160 for a 20- piece set, jcpenney.com
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A flower arrangement of gold and mauve roses, starflower-scabiosa seed heads, and silvery begonia leaves unifies a table set with a combination of gold-toned flatware and galvanized-metal accents. Yardage of netted cloth acts as an inexpensive, no-sew runner.
Clear goblets, $25 each, clear tumblers, $20 each, and fringe napkins, $28 each, abchome.com
Antique ribbed votive holder, in Copper Frost, $13 for 4, jamaligarden.com
Stretch viscous tulle, $30 a yd., nyelegantfabrics.com
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Mix and Match
For a dramatic effect, create an ombré mantel that gradually turns from gunmetal to gold and back. No floral-design skills required: Simply pull out decorative items with a metallic finish -- candlesticks, bowls, vases -- and arrange them by color. Embellish with glass ornaments and foliage, such as begonias and eucalyptus (spray-painted with a dusting of silver and a full coat of gold).
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A vintage silver pitcher and teapot are reborn as vessels for this wintry bouquet. It’s okay to skip polishing the silver -- the patina picks up the warmth of the brass accents and tinted glasses. The arrangement of eucalyptus seed pods, eryngium, atlas cedar, and brunia should keep for a few weeks. Replace the white tulips when they start to wilt. To add interest to the composition, create a smaller, looser version (as shown here in the teapot).
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For a twist on the classic laurel wreath, spray-paint eucalyptus leaves silver and gold, and add them to a base of fragrant bay leaves. Finish with a champagne-colored satin ribbon knotted at the base and clusters of silver and gold balls wired to picks. Hang either indoors or out.