Contemporary holiday decorations

Photo: James Merrell

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"We reinterpreted the concept of mistletoe in a scale that feels contemporary," Stark says. He strung together plastic holiday balls and softened the arrangement with silver faux foliage.

Create an object that's typically natural, such as a wreath, out of handmade Mylar flowers and leaves so that you can reuse it year after year.

A holiday tree doesn't have to be in that canonical conical shape (or reside in the living room). These topiaries put a modern spin on a classic garden style. Stark attached glass and plastic balls to a spiraling wire armature and then wove through marabou-feather boas to gently mimic snow.

An overturned cast-iron flowerpot becomes a pedestal for the urn, adding height to the arrangement.
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