Archive | December 2015

A Silver Holiday

BELLS ARE NOT THE ONLY SILVER

There is nothing more elegant than the generous use of silver during the holidays. The reflection of candlelight and tree light adds an extra glow to whatever occupies the space. Many of us have pieces that spend most of the time tucked away. When the holidays are upon us, we release these beauties to be filled with greenery or baubles. Their history and age provide most of the charm, so they require very little in design.

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It matters not if your silver pieces are a bit tarnished. Polish a few and let the patina of age rest with the others. Some of us have family heirlooms and have the added sentiment of memories to complete the holiday spirit. If your silver chest is somewhat sparse, visit antique shops and tag sales. Heirlooms must begin with someone. Create memories with silver every Christmas, every day because…

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Coloring Christmas

CHRISTMAS WITH IT’S NATURAL GLOW

As a child, I could not get enough of the reds and greens of Christmas. The brighter, the better. It mattered not if there was a generous amount of plastic and paper involved. Christmas wasn’t Christmas without the red and green. With a great deal of Christmases behind me, I abandoned those Christmas colors long ago. Perhaps I am drawn to the natural evergreens, dry wood, tarnished silver and aged coppers because they need not leave with December. They are welcomed throughout winter.

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We all have our own favored Christmas colors. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…true. Therefore what we are drawn to has little to do with what we see but with what we feel. Christmas is all about the feel. The feel of the ribbon and wrap, the feel of the warm fire on our backs as we sit upon the hearth, the feel of the needles brushing our fingers as we hang the familiar ornament. Christmas is about the feel of gratitude for our blessings, the feel of heartache for those we miss, the feel of excitement for what lies ahead. ¬†Color your Christmas however you wish and feel comfort everyday because…

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This entry was posted on December 12, 2015. 1 Comment

Christmas Wrap

THAT’S A WRAP

I must admit…I do not enjoy wrapping Christmas gifts. Perhaps that is because I tend to do it all at one time. ¬†Perhaps it’s because those little Gremlins run away with the scissors and tape every time I turn my back. Annoying because I have never actually seen the little buggars. I have therefore vowed to make this year different. I began with an honest effort to search for nice paper, not to just pick up a roll. I managed to find six different patterns in the same color combinations. No more bows in a bag either. I patiently selected pretty ribbon. Perhaps if I imagine gift wrapping as an element of interior decorating, I’ll have a bit more enthusiasm.

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Hopefully, if you tend to be a gift wrap curmudgeon, these will have inspired you. My task this year will be to collect, throughout the year, bits and pieces to embellish the creations. This will require a designated place in the house for wrapping and storage. As well as a leash for scissors and tape. Wrapping a gift….chore or charm. We have plenty of chores so choose a little charm everyday because…

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This entry was posted on December 10, 2015. 1 Comment

The Holiday Urn

I YEARN FOR THE HOLIDAY URN

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There is one use of my European urns that trumps all others and that is holiday decoration. I am not one to hang wreath upon wreath or subsidize the local utility by drenching the house with coils of lights. However…those urns shall never stand empty. This is particularly satisfying as they are perfectly appropriate, minus bows and balls, to remain intact until spring. Keeping a small bit of attention to detail alive and well during the slumber of winter.

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What is most satisfying about the holiday or winter decorating of urns is the fact that much of the composition is provided in your own garden. Twigs of various lengths, evergreen clippings, pinecones, perhaps a small stone figurine borrowed from the patio. Gather droppings at the nursery, the owners welcome the tidying up. Add a battery candle. Ribbon? If you so choose. Make it your own but remember two things. The composition should compliment the exterior of your home and keep true to scale. These need not be sweet and petite. The composition should be no less than twice the height of the urn. Trial and error will guide you. Make certain the view from the house is as appealing as the view from the street. Your efforts should be pleasing not only to the neighbors, but to you, everyday because…

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