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.