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IN DETAILS: Christmas flowers & foliage

November 17, 2010

To tree or not to tree, that is the question…

Being a real homes stylist means I get to spend a lot of time at florists choosing beautiful flowers and foliage to take along to my shoots and I love seeing what other stylists choose too. I’m still debating whether to go for a full-on real Christmas tree for my own house this year or see what I can do with cut foliage instead… I reckon that with some big vases and jars of eucalyptus and winterberry holly and some rustic garlands I’ll be able to get it looking nice and festive without having to vacuum a single needle! Here are some of the most inspiring ideas I’ve found while trying to come to a decision so thought I’d share…

Photographs Lucinda Symons, Styling Melanie Molesworth

These are two of my favourite detail shots from the Complete Guide to Christmas I love the idea of using fragrant garden herbs for Christmas decorating. I’m planning a little festive housewarming-come-Christmas soiree this year and will be stealing the idea of marking guest’s glasses with a few leaves from different varieties and I ordered one of these bird pictures within hours of Melanie unwrapping it to use on the shoot in case they sold out when the magazine went on sale!

Images: Winterberry holly, A Creative Mint; Evergreen branch , Me & Alice; British mistletoe, Waitrose

Sometimes the simplest arragements are the best and this little selection of ideas proves just that. I have a growing collection of vintage pharmacy jars, jam jars and other assorted bottles which I often prefer to a vase for flowers – partly because it’s a thrifty way to make them go further and also because I love the effect of grouping containers of different sizes and shapes together.

Whenever I go to a White Company press event I always wish I could claim squatters rights on their room sets and move in! This picture from their Christmas catalogue is no exception – I love the oh-so-simple touches of scented eucalyptus leaves with the crisp white tableware and glass decorations.

I’m not usually one for artificial flowers but I think these red and silver sprigs from Waitrose could actually work, possibly because they don’t look like they’re trying to be something they’re not. I especially like the silver Chinese lantern one second from the left – I think a bunch in my big French enamel pitcher could look really striking, possibly with a few fairy lights twisted in for good measure. Of course, this all depends on the ongoing saga that is my new open plan kitchen/living room actually being vaguely finished and clear of dust by the time December comes along!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2010 12:23 pm

    I’ve just discovered your blog and it’s fantastic! I shall be featuring and point my readers from Love Making It to you! x


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