I miss being outdoors so much this time of year...it helps to bring nature indoors to enjoy in the warmth of the house, or display on the front door coming and going.
What is more beautiful than pine and magnolia, white berries (fake or not)....especially combined with clear glass, white and beeswax candles? Stay out of the stores, use what you have, look with fresh eyes, save money, and keep in touch with nature during this darkest time of the year....with nature-inspired decorating.
I started with a wreath made by Mary Fisher of Cultus Bay Nursery, a simple circle of pine, cedar and magnolia leaves, turned upside down so the fuzzy brown indementum on the bottom of the leaves contrast with the greens. No red berries, that are so expected, plus don't look good with my orange door..and I love the pale blue bow, because I'm decorating for winter and solstice here, more than any sparkly, shiny Christmas extravaganza
But of course, I couldn't help embellishing a bit...so now it looks more like my own garden. I snipped bits of heart-shaped epimedium leaves kissed by frost, bristly bits of golden yew, and glossy, golden trimmed daphne odora leaves. The paler foliage shows up well against the darker greens, and the textures play off each other...bristly, shiny, smooth, leathery, ribbed...all the subtle pleasures of the winter garden -
Now come on inside....white and caramel-colored beeswax candles, a garland of tiny white berries, clear glass candle holders and I couldn't resist a fat little winter bird. I'll probably add a few wine-red or golden lilies for Christmas Eve...I'll need to replace candles, but this simple glowy tablescape will carry on through New Years, because it's all about winter light rather than Christmas sparkle.