Welcome Christmas 2017 🌟 It’s the most wonderful time of the year!Hello, friends – Have you started decorating for Christmas and the holidays? Do you go all out with dazzling lights, seasonal colors, and a grand tree? Tom and I are nearly done and, once again, our decor is on the subtle side with a mix of old and new.
This year I selected a theme that is very personal and dear: antiques and the garden. My inspiration came from the garden with many items borrowed from our potting shed. Crusty terracotta pots, vintage trugs and baskets, old watering cans, burlap cloths, jute twines, velvety moss, pinecones of all sizes, and tole botanical ornaments are juxtaposed with period furnishings. I love combining the utilitarian with curated antiques.
Just as in years past, I chose a tabletop tree which has become my signature. Ever since I saw this…
More illustrations of Victorian Christmas trees at Windsor.
Let’s check out the details. For the tablecloth, I went with a burlap round cloth in a 120″ size which allows for a lot of puddling. It’s not lined or pleated as I wanted a casual, unstructured drape.
Terracotta pots, originally used to start seedlings, in sizes ranging from 3″ x 3″ to 4″ x 4″ are filled with mini pinecones over a bed of moss. In lieu of glittery wrapped boxes, Kraft paper ones tied with braided twine borrowed from the potting shed give these presents an unfussy vibe.
Here is another vignette from our shop. An antique toy horse sits on an early Spanish table with faux painted stone top. Under the table is an old French garden basket (not for sale – sorry) that was a gift from my dear friend Gail. With just a few oversized ornaments from Pottery Barn, it looks rather festive. See how I mix old and new??!!
A Swedish Rococo painted secretary is styled with a small garden trug filled with Nandina berries and foliage plus pomegranates. Gathering from Mother Nature gives your holiday home an organic, fresh feel.
More fruit and berries: tiny lady apples dress up a diminutive iron urn while orange pepper berries in a watering can brighten our entry.
What do you think of our Christmas decor this year? Please let me know. For more, follow along on my INSTAGRAM where I’ll be sharing new photos and videos. If you have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .Thanks very much for your continued friendship and support.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
PS – Here is a recap of our tabletop trees from past Christmases. Enjoy!
ABOVE 3 PHOTOS: Last year’s Noble Fir came from our property in Maine. The theme was silver and white.
ABOVE: This tree from a few years ago was decorated in a wintry way with dusted snow, mercury glass and icicles.
BELOW 3 PHOTOS: Another fir from Maine, this Charlie Brown tree was unusually sparse. I went with a woodland theme and layered it with birds, mossy nests with quail eggs, and pinecones. It was illuminated with votive candles.