I wasn't feeling terribly creative this year, although I knew I wanted a lot of conifer greens, perhaps some Leucadendron argentum branches, and red accents.
With, of course, lots of holiday sparkle.
I also knew I didn't want to hang my vintage ornaments on a tree. As pathetic as it sounds that just sounded like too much work (yes, I've been a little Grinchy this year). Instead I filled the mercury glass votive holders with a representative sample. Since I planned to weave small strands of lights through the conifer branches votives seemed redundant.
I missed the big wreath making gathering at Cistus Nursery this year (we were flying back from California that day) and never have got my wreath-making mojo going. This small wrapped-ribbon wreath is the only one I made.
I thought I might splurge and buy enough of those soft and shimmery Leucadendron argenteum branches to make a wreath, however the powers that be didn't allow that. These few were all that was available at the flower market.
They last much longer in water so it was probably better that I wasn't tempted.
I almost didn't grab the berries, thinking them too "much" (it was a Grinch moment) I'm glad I did though. the mantle would have been boring with out them.
It's been a few years since I've added to my tree collection. There are fourteen on display this year.
No ornaments on the "big tree" meant the tree topper went in a votive holder as well.
Speaking of the "big tree"—it was a vintage aluminum tree sort of year. At first I was happy with just the sparkly red garland.
But then I decided some green was needed and collected tillandsia from around the house. A little silly? Yes...but I like it.
It's not as professional as this full on small tillandsia tree I later saw at Cornell Farm—but oh so much less expensive.
Here's an unplanned feature that my eye is drawn to as I walk thru the living room. Notice the conifer branch in the center of the wreath...
...and how it almost mirrors the shapes of the snowflake.
What a fun accident!
Another pair of trees, with a nice shadow on a (rare) sunny morning.
This trio of trees is over on our dining table.
The scabiosa pods are left from an earlier table-top arrangement—they went so well with the trees color-wise and had a natural ornament feel, they got to stay.
This display was also in place long before holiday-decorating began. I couldn't resist tucking in the two tall, slender trees to "Chistmasize" it a bit.
Finally, just because I didn't make a wreath for our door this year doesn't mean it's empty...
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