If minimalist style is your thing, there are ways to make your holiday decorations reflect your sleek, modern decor. Try these Incredibly Chic Modern Minimalist Christmas Trees as inspiration (they're also alternatives to christmas tree stands!
Maybe just make a branch art piece without the paint? Build cheer and deck the halls with this fun-to-build DIY Branch Shelf. See instructions here. This DIY Branch Shelf is an easy way to decorate with nature and bring the outdoors in. Learn how now.
LOVE THESE------DIY Rag Trees - these are made out of dowels to desired length, and torn home spun fabric in Christmas colors, a rusty tin star, raffia, and a piece of branch that has been cut on a band saw and drilled in the middle to accommodate dowel.