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Holiday Lights and Garland

by Grace Bonney

I don’t know if it’s because I grew up in the south or just a predisposed fondness for tiny clusters of things, but I love holiday garland. More than ornaments or stockings or any other detail, it captures the spirit of the holidays for me. I try to find time to make my own (popcorn and cranberries for the tree, pinecones for a countertop or two) but when there’s no time for DIY, I like to hunt down beautiful strands of lights, bells, tassels and greenery to make our house feel a little more festive. This year I’m trying to keep things a little simpler, so I decided to round up garlands that have texture, light and a little bit of shine, but that don’t hit you over the head with red and green. I hope you’ll find some that work for your home and will help add a little sparkle and glow. xo, grace

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I love the soft twinkle of truly tiny lights. They can get lost in a big tree, but in a small space or woven through simpler green garlands, they're heavenly. $12 for a 5-foot strand, up to $75 for a 100-foot strand.
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I love metallics for the holidays. They feel festive and special and can be reused throughout the year for any special event. Clockwise from top left: $18, $38, $38, $68.
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A little bit of texture never hurt anyone, so these more rustic garlands are favorites of mine. Left to right: $15, $20.
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More metallic sparkle for your mantel or tree, clockwise from left: $48, $72, $8.
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These are the lights I use on and go back to over and over again. The green wire blends into Christmas trees nicely and the bright round bulbs are festive and fun. $34.
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A long strand goes well on a mantel, but it also looks beautiful over a doorway or filling a stretch of space above a wall or where you'd typically hang artwork. These are great handmade options: $21, $16.
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Winter whites are a nice choice if you want something a little softer to decorate with, or if you just need a reminder of snow. Clockwise from top left: $38, $18.07, $24 (This is a very pale gold in person, it blends nicely with winter whites), $16.
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For a little extra jingle and color, try these guys. Top to bottom: $5.99, $19.95, $42.50.

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  • Enjoying the new look of Design Droits-Humains. Have learned of so many products-which I would have never known had I not found this website. I’m loving these garlands! Thank you

  • These are great! I especially like the copper circle garland – I’ve been looking for something like this for the past few months. Thanks!

  • Hi Grace Bonney, What a happiness things to be in your holidays lights and garlands. Thanks a lot.

    • Hi Ann!

      It depends on the style. I typically use tape in the same color as the cord (green, black, etc.) to group them together in a one solid cord and then tuck that under a rug or tack it up under a counter, depending on the location. If you have a specific style/issue (or a picture!) let me know- I’d be happy to help.

      Grace :)

  • Thanks Grace, I will keep working on it. I think this picture will be my favourite of the season! Quite apart from its sheer beauty, Im always on the lookout for ideas to replicate in the sweltering heat of a Southern Hemisphere Christmas.

  • are they sold with batteries? I’d like to
    Unser them as my dining room table center piece and there is not a plug near by.

  • I absolutely love the string lights in the jars. The glass encasement adds a bit more softness to the light and reminds me of fireflies in a bell jar. I’ve never even considered battery powered lights before but I too wonder how the battery packs can be hidden. In a few of those pictures on RH’s website the battery packs can’t be seen at all but I imagine that’s due to some clever lighting tricks with perhaps a PS edit thrown in.

  • How long were the string of lights you used in each of the globes. They are Beautiful! I want to make the full exact set in the photo you posted. Can you email me the items I’ll need for this display. Thank you.

  • They look really pretty, can you tell me about how man feet you used in the larger ones, please. Thank you!

  • Hello, the lights in the tall domes are just beautiful. Normally, I am not a big decorator but this past Christmas was the first in many years that I really felt the spirit of the season. It is especially weird as I was in a PT rehab. But I had a friend bring some decorations from home, and I ordered a couple online. It was festive and I enjoyed the holidays. Now, I am feeling like doing it up next year, and these articles and pictures are inspiring. I think I could do these lights, if I could fid out the name of the displays they are in (bell jars vs dome that used to hold a clock?). Thank you for the info. Wish me luck.

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