When I think of Christmas, there are a few things that pop instantly into my mind. Classic red and green, sitting inside by the fire with my nearest and dearest, positioning the nativity scene just so, and sleigh bells jingling. However, as I was looking at all of our holiday goodies, I realized that I wanted to do something a bit different that reflects the changes this year has brought for me. Like many families, we’re spending even more time outside and this has given me a newfound appreciation for the beauty of nature and the simplistic joy and wonder that it brings. The visuals team and I already had our sights set on a nature-inspired look somewhere in the shop, but with my growing appreciation for the great outdoors, I thought this woodland-inspired theme was just the right look to greet you when you enter through our front doors.
This woodland wonderland is filled with a multitude of organic textures from fur to carved wood to soft, supple leather. I love how the hard and soft mix to create a display that makes you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a hidden forest. We used a variety of pinecones that range from natural to glitter dusted for a bit of sparkle and glamor. A touch of glitter makes me think of the day’s last sunrays kiss the snow at dusk.
The color palette for this look is very neutral and simple with a variety of brown, sage and white making up the bulk of the display. However, we used pillows and some whimsical red cardinal ornaments to bring a pop of surprise. I like to think that these little birdies are here to keep the plush squirrels and owls a bit of company! The mixture of the ornament hues and textures creates a beautiful design that is a touch rustic and full of winter magic.
This is a look that has the unique ability to last through the winter season without being too “Christmas” focused. Since our reindeer aren’t Rudolf and there is not an elf or Santa in sight this display can take you into the post-holiday season without a hassle! Do you tend to keep things more traditional or are you ready for a switch? Let me know in the comments and stay tuned for next week when I highlight our Blue and White Christmas goodies that are perfect for Chinoiserie lovers! Until next time – happy decorating!