THE INEXPENSIVE CURE FOR LAST-MINUTE DECORATING: EUCALYPTUS GREENERY

If you are struggling with getting everything ready for the holidays, setting the table, sifting through the decorations in storage (and the decorations you forgot you bought on clearance last year)…

… if you’re wanting to look like one of those magazine/Pinterest/HGTV picture-perfect holiday setups, but you’re as behind on everything as I am…

… if you experience holiday whiplash in one form or another every year (even though it’s right there on the damn calendar, and on the same date too; why does it always go off like a bomb on my house??)…

I need to tell you about a little trick. And all of the blogs you read are probably using it. (Just spoiler alert, k? This is one of those things that’s not really that big of a deal, but once you know what to look for, you can’t unsee it, like that HIMYM episode.)

Here it is: a lot of your favorite decorating and design bloggers use eucalyptus bunches when styling photos.

  • It’s a mix of seeded eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus, and baby blue eucalyptus. 
  • It adds that “oomph” of whatever is missing in the shot (green just makes everything look fresh, and I’ve heard even realtors when you’re selling a house will probably suggest you have fresh flowers or plants for staging)
  • It’s got that perfect green hue that seems to fit every style: farmhouse/modern/chic/etherial/bright/spring/holidays all at once
  • It stays photo-ready for a long time, and adds a great smell to whatever we’re working (eucalyptus is one of my favorite scents, actually)
  • Even when it dries out, it still looks awesome and turns a dusty green color, great for winter decor and wreaths (I put dried stems in a vase near my fireplace to use if I’m running short on time and can’t go get fresh flowers or greens).
  • You can add it to something in minutes (say, just before company arrives) and boom: blah to decorated.

You don’t have to take my word for it, though: I’ve got a ton of examples to show you just how versatile this stuff is. If you want to just use it as the main decor and  a few candleholders, it’s still somehow festive for whatever occasion. You can separate out the types and get completely different looks. If you want to add it into a spring bouquet, the silver dollar and seeded types layer incredibly well.