Only 2 days til Christmas!
It's so nice that Christmas is on a Sunday this year. Plenty of time to get the house ready and wrap presents. I'm looking to expand my repertoire of old Christmas films as I'm now on my second viewing of White Christmas this month. The wardrobe and the dancing in musicals from the 50's is amazing.
There are so many ways to spruce up your home for the holidays and no doubt at this time of the year more than any other TRADITION plays a big role in the aesthetic decisions we make. With all of the fresh, wild takes on wreaths lately (The Wreath Recipe is a good place to start if you haven't caught wind of these new-new 'wreaths' yet), suprisingly what most of our customers seem to want is a mostly traditional (green/red) wreath.
Come December 26th, depending on what is available to you, there are some neat ways that you can re-tool your wreath into something winter appropriate but maybe not so ho-ho-ho.
Two easy ideas:
- Gilded foraged branches, leaves, and seed pods. (use a light coating of rose gold spray paint)
- Dried flowers
Things to keep in mind to keep your wreath looking fresh and modern and to keep yourself out of 80's dried wreath territory:
1) If you are going the dried route, a mono-ingredient look works best. So find a single ingredient and play with depth to create a fresh, wintery, elegant wreath.
2) Show the bones of the wreath. If your holiday wreath came on a natural grapevine base, pull or clip out the evergreen pieces on it and loosen the frame a bit if you can. Tuck in feathers or other dried bits for an assymetrical look that is whimsical and wild.
In January we are adding a DIY section to our webshop that will be chock full of ingredients for you to add to your own creations, but there are plenty of things you could find along a stroll in your own neighborhood.
If you really want your mind blown on how elegant a symmetrical wreath (with 1 or two ingredients) can be check out this creation from Rebekah Northway of The Petaler.
Have fun with it! If you really attempt to redo your wreath and you want some help or suggestions, send me some pics and I'd be glad to give you some pointers.