Now that I've arrived to visit my parents, the Christmas decorating has begun in earnest! One of my favourite traditions is going to the flower shops with my mom and stocking up on flowers and foliage to fill the house. Don't you just love fresh flowers around the holidays? It's that extra special touch that brings the decor to life. These tiny boxwood trees have such personality...and planting them in teacups is just too charming!
Paperwhites are a classic this time of year, made even more stunning here in
these tall glass cylinders. And I don't usually go for red and green decorations---
but two dozen white tulips might convince me otherwise!
Winterberry branches have an imposing presence when massed in footed glass urns, while
similarly hued amaryllis adorn the table below. If I had a dining room like this, I'd hold Dickens
inspired Christmas costume parties...we'd sing carols, play charades and dine on hot spiced
rum and figgy pudding.
The poor poinsettia has gotten such a bad reputation over the years. Indeed they're overused,
but I admit to having a soft spot for them anyway---especially when applied simply and sparingly
to brighten an otherwise neutral interior.
Here's that tiny tree idea again, this time in a more rustic take on the theme with paper wrapping and cut-out snowflake trim. Isn't it nice to see the same idea reinterpreted for different styles?
I've always been fascinated with topiaries. This arrangement seems like it would be spectacularly easy, too! Just a cone of floral foam, a big armful of carnations, and some strategically placed glass balls. I may just have to give this a try...
Tell me: do you decorate with fresh flowers around the holidays?
Image Credits: Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart, Inside Out Magazine Christmas 2008, Martha Stewart (okay, so I basically just mined Martha's treasure trove for this post...but can you blame me?)