An important part of holiday decorating is to make your home look and smell as festive as possible. With that in mind, I started by decorating the stone fireplace with fresh foliage. First I hung a 40-foot wreath above the hearth (again, the size of the wreath was in proportion to the size of the gigantic hearth). Next, I tucked fresh pine boughs, holiday greenery and colorful pears and apples liberally behind and in front of the brass candlestick collection on the mantel. Sprigs of greenery were added to the top and base of the mantel clock. I then added a tub of magnolia and pine branches to decorate one end of the hearth.
To lend color and fragrance to the seating area, I placed a large bowl of cheerful red apples on the coffee table, complementing it with a collection of candlesticks and a small gift-wrapped package. For a warming touch, I placed a wool throw and a stack of coffee-table books on the ottoman in front of the fireplace. To finish off the living room, I dramatically decorated the end table by the sofa with a large bowl of red berries and greenery; I then stood a basket of logs alongside the club chair to the left of the fireplace.