Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas Tree Special

Some inspiration for your Christmas Trees, traditional and contemporary, all styles for different tastes.







The Christmas Ski Lodge

American Vogue did a wonderful feature on Amanda Brooks’ family ski lodge in the Adirondack Mountain a few years ago.  I thought you would love to see it, it must be an amazing place to spend Christmas with the family.

Christmas is coming

The count down to Christmas is here and at home we start, this weekend, by decorating the cottage with the Wreath and the fireplace mantels.  I’ve some photographs to give you ideas and inspiration.  Enjoy…


 Our Christmas wreath is always fresh, I use an oasis foam wreath, and cut what ever is in the garden, holly, blue fir, variegated ivy,

and add wired cones, cinnamon sticks, Grand Prix roses, lavender bunches, dried orange slices or cloved clementines, dressed with a tartan bow.

For a quicker method you could  buy an already made fir wreath, from your florist, and dress it up.


Dress the Kitchen with a box wreath or herb wreath is lovely too.


With the foliage trimmings make a wired garland for Church Candles.


This is our kitchen mantel. I started with a small berry and foliage wreath, over the vintage riding boots, with layers of

fir, cones and pheasant feathers, inter-twinned with red berry lights.  All flanked with red poinsettias either side.


If you want something less rustic, keep to this colour palette, dwarf fir in the urns, a garland of gold bows and foliage.


An example of a pre-made florist fir wreath, then dress it with cones and a fabulous hemp bow.  Very elegant and simple to do.


Another simple wreath with silver foliage from the garden and Snowberries bought from the florist.


A pretty mantel.  Again use oasis blocks in a tray, anchored well to the mantel, and arrange what ever flowers takes your fancy.


Decorating the stable for a Christmas UTV shoot.  Tina Campbell from UTV and Ian getting ready.  click on the following link

for more decor ideas.


For a contemporary mantel use gold and white, lots of votive candles to twinkle.


Another idea I saw in Paris, which I have done in a smaller scale at home, Filling a container with fern and Amaryllis bulbs.

Make sure the bulbs are lying in different angles to get the same effect.


Cleaned up old silver cups, dress up with ribbon and inexpensive jewelry, to decorate the hall console table.

Candle Time

The perfect place to light scented candles and take some time out from this busy month.  Where’s the glass of Merlot…