From a sailor swearer to a stockpot, we've found 15 unique adornments for your tree, window, or mantel.
ornament1. Double Glass Sphere
Inside each clear glass globe is a pretty, unexpected pop of color.
In green, $12. West Elm.
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ornament2. Silent Night
A macabre twist on the holiday, this limited-edition silver glass bulb features a noir photograph by artist Barbara Sullivan.
Four-piece set, $60. Artware Editions
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ornament3. Silver Wishbone
Simple and elegant, this ornament is a graceful take on the good-luck tradition.
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What a hoot. A hand-painted glass bird seems both whimsical and wise.
Set of two. $24. Jayson Home.
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ornament5. Mistletoe Globe
In glittering gold, this design is an eye-catching addition when hanging on a tree or window.
$49. Michael Aram.
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ornament6. Vintage Octagon
The unusual shape of this
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"A good smell in the air is an unconscious cue to everyone that they're expected, that something good is in store for them, that they're going to be taken care of. Sometimes I burn rosemary in the fireplace, or put it in a cast-iron pan, light it on fire, and walk around the house with the pan, letting the smoke and scent go all over the house." -Alice Waters
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BEFORE: The dining room had yellow paint and nice architectural details.
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1. Add Wainscoting
Wainscoting gives a small room presence. Different treatments above and below a chair rail add another layer of interest and texture to the room.
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2. Play with Scale
Don't be afraid of using big pieces in small rooms; they enhance the sense of spaciousness and scale. Big mirrors are especially effective.
3. Use Multiples
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Little tricks - from hand-written place cards to using unexpected color - can help make for a memorable meal.
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A tiny pocket mirror, perfect for costume party touch-ups.
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3. Delft Skull Journal
Gold, glittery, and a little gruesome, designer Douglas Little walks on design's darker side with this creepy, chic notebook. From $15; unicahome.com.
4. Vintage-Inspired Keys
Skeleton keys add instant, eerie character - and make impact all year-round.
Set of 7 keys, $19; potterybarn.com.
5. Metallic Skeleton Hand
These bone-chilling faux fingers would be great holding seating cards or a dish of candy.
$20 each; zgallerie.com.
We fell prey to this creepy cobweb display, which features a real spiderweb under glass.
From $45; abchome.com.
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