Well, Friends, I have my post for today written, yet not photographed, because I came down with a horrible case of bronchitis and then ended up in the hospital yesterday with severe dehydration thanks to morning / all day sickness meets the bronchitis. Ugg. They pumped me full of fluids and anti-nausea meds but I’m still in bed at home as AJ mans Drew for the day. So, that being said, I’ve moved the fabulous Erica Gregory up to today. Erica is half of the creative force behind Lilac and Lily Floral Design and Event Styling. Erica did my wedding flowers and also this tablescape we featured this fall. She is incredibly talented and I am thrilled to say I knew her before she somehow lands her own floral design reality TV show. 🙂
Here at Lilac and Lily Floral Design, we absolutely LOVE styling for the holidays. When Jen invited us to be a part of the 12 Days of Christmas series, we got right to work planning a classic New England Christmas Tablescape that incoporates all of the elements that we love: beautiful flowers mixed in with bits of Nature and some of our favorite design elements.
For this feature, we are going to break down the process of designing this tablescape, and will share some simple decorating tips with you – Enjoy!
To begin, we will start with some of the individual elements that were used to create this look…
We then selected a simple, classic mix of flowers, using red roses and white hydrangea as the focal elements. These were accented with winter greens, berries and pincones. The flowers are arranged in wooden boxes that we stained a dark, rich brown, and lined with plastic.
We decided to focus the decor on the dining room table, the sideboard, and a small antique hutch. When decorating for the holidays, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the space that you are working in. A simple place to start is to choose a few targeted spaces within your room, and to focus your attention there.
We began by placing low barnboard boxes upside down along the length of the dining room table. Then, we placed three floral centerpieces on top of the barn board to create a little height difference. Next we chose two glass candlesticks to balance out the three centerpieces. Once the main elements were placed, we added clusters of pinecones, and worked in pieces of white pine and red winter berries. And finally, mercury glass votive candles were tucked into the nooks and crannies to give added sparkle.
The table was then set with a simple collection of dinnerware. Each place setting was accented with a pinecone, green leaf, and sprig of berries placed on a sage green napkin wrapped with ribbon. Adding a detail at each place setting is a perfect example of how simple, repeated elements can add so much to the look of the overall design.
For the sideboard, we gathered a few more glass candlesticks, and some vintage glass bottles. We arranged tall birch branches in a birch covered container and filled in the base with greens, berries, white hydrangea, and pheasant feathers. Once again, we tucked in pinecones, winter greens and berries at the base of the groupings. We love how the symmetry of the dining room tablescape balances out the random, eclectic feel to the sideboard design.
For the small hutch, we grouped neutral colored items into clusters, and accented the groupings with more winter greens, berries, pheasant feathers, and pinecones. The simple reindeer candleholders add an instant Christmas vibe to an otherwise random collection of items.
We love incorporating our favorite items that we use year round for decorating projects, and we’ve put together a list of design tips that we’ve gathered from our experience in floral design and event styling. Use these simple principles as you decorate your own homes this holiday season, and we think you will be very happy with the results!
1. WORK WITH YOUR HOME’S EXISTING COLOR SCHEME
Pull the existing colors that surround you into your holiday decor for a unique look.
2. DONT BE AFRAID TO MIX RUSTIC WITH FANCY!
This provides a beautiful contrast in your designs.
3. PICK UP BARGAIN PIECES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, AND USE THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN
We scour local flea markets, yard sales, and “free” piles on the side of the road for interesting pieces to use in our design work. We also hunt the clearance aisles of Homegoods for mix and match pieces of glassware, vases, and more (such as the glass candlesticks featured in this post).
4. GROUP “LIKE” ITEMS TOGETHER TO INCORPORATE YOUR TREASURES INTO YOUR HOLIDAY DECOR
Take the items that you love (such as the vintage apothecary jars we displayed on the antique hutch top) and group them together on shelves, table tops, bookcases and other spots around the house with sprigs of winter greens. Tuck favorite christmas decorations in with these items for an instant holiday touch.
5. HUNT YOUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE FOR SIMPLE, CLASSIC BLOOMS FOR CENTERPIECES.
You can never go wrong with keeping flowers simple. The centerpieces featured in this post were a little more involved for the sake of showing something special for the holidays, but you could just as easily place simple clusters of the roses or hydrangea in glass cylinder vases, and place them along the length of the table as we did. Add in a few sprigs of winter greens and voila! You have pretty flowers for your table without breaking the bank!
6. GO ON NATURE WALKS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO COLLECT NATURAL TREASURES
Good for the body and soul, and completely free! Acorns, bits of beautiful moss and bark, pieces of driftwood, and ocean tumbled rocks are just a few of the natural elements that can add rustic charm to your holiday decor.
We wish you all a blessed Christmas surrounded by loved ones, enjoying the warmth and comfort of home. Have fun decorating YOUR space, and remember, as long as you love it, it’s perfect!
Don’t forget to check out Lilac and Lily’s website… you’ll be impressed!