I survived the cold and thanks to your nice responses have cheered up considerably—enough to venture out yesterday in a Connecticut snowstorm to do a very small bit of Christmas shopping. Still not searching for the usual 18 to 21 foot tree that I have put up in the past ( a necessity- or at least I felt at the time- when every living room ceiling in your homes are double and a whopping 25″ high). I am still thinking small – very small but at least I am thinking.
As promised a couple of other ideas for color combinations for Christmas decorating that I have used. Of course blue and white is always a wonderful option and while I like it in my cold regions of New England and Colorado it is obviously great for the folks in the warmer climates.
Blue and white Aptware mixed with simple green boxwood bouquets. Buy a bundle of boxwood, place a chunk of oasis in what ever containers you are using, soak that with water. Cut sprigs of boxwood and then clip to the height you want. Sometimes I leave the shapes natural looking as pictured above or I do a hard clip of the boxwood into a real topiary shape. Both ways are good looking.
For the presents I coordinate my gift wrapping of course–I could have also used boxwood as on the package as well.
A different blue and white Christmas mixed with boxwood and undecorated greens.
I move all most of the furniture out of the morning to to have from two to four tables of ten for a Christmas party.
I usually grow paper whites and I love the simplicity, yet boldness, of them surrounded by green wreaths in the big white vases. The scale of the urns with the wreath and the columns create a focal point in the room.
I grow so many paper whites ( in the past that is…) that I could use them as cut flowers as well. I know many people think the fragrance too strong but I love the mix of paper whites, balsam, boxwood and juniper—for me it smells like Christmas.
Each blue and white table has different classes and table service. I like to mix services and things so the table are not identical that way so it does not look like a “event “.
For a more subtle coloration than reds, silver and golds one of my favorites is mixing greens. I have done so many variations on this theme but I am showing just a couple here. ( one of my very favorite is featured in my book A Home with Carolyne Roehm—but I could not find the picture for this post).I have done many variations upon this theme and I suppose I return again and again to it because it is serene and classic.
Mixing green textures is easy and so pretty. In the wreath above I used a balsam base, which I buy or have made and then add boxwood, different types of juniper; golden or the one with the blue berry. I alternate the mix of green textures from year to year sometimes using green hypericum berries, snowberry, lemon leaves —what ever I find. In the past I would glue gun real fruit to the wreath but it becomes very heavy. Because the quality of ” fake “-(faux sounds better in French naturally) has gotten so good I now use that; especially on wreaths but in the bowl below the wreath there are real green grapes and granny smith apples.
As I mention above sometimes I trim the boxwood for a more geometric look.
Granny smith, green grape and boughs of arborvitae is another option to lemon leaves or boxwood.
Multiple shades of green were the theme for the gift wrapping.
The mantle at Weatherstone with a simple balsam as a base; I then added lemon leaves, ( magnolia or camellias leaves are beautiful as well ), boxwood and pinecones.
At my former apartment in Aspen I tied greens on the antique trophies and secured them grosgrain ribbon bows
My favorite plaid ribbon, golden juniper, eucalyptus pods and lemon leaves decorate a package wrapped in brown paper bags.
At the stable at Weatherstone one year I did the “people rooms” in brown and mixed greens. The horses loved it!
The tack room at Weatherstone with greens pinecones and a sprinkling of snow for a more rustic Christmas style.
I have soooo many different Christmas images but must stop for now and go back to shopping! – thanks cr