If “necessity is the mother of invention” then we think “procrastination is the sister of creativity.” After surfing the internet and browsing magazines, we finally came up with our holiday theme, thanks to a lovely wreath we saw in Livingetc‘s December issue via the blog Bright Bazaar. When we read that this wreath graced the door of an “utterly charming” farmhouse in Suffolk, England we were sold.
Bright and Beautiful
With the help from Nielsen’s in Darien (the original pine, eucalyptus and bay leaf base was made by Jo Malone in London) and decorations and ribbon from Target, we did our best to replicate the laid-back country elegance that filled the home with such a cozy feeling. We decked the doors (all three!)…
Our Rendition of Country Chic
Pretty and Pink
And Behind Door #3...
and decorated the trees…
A Festive Tree with Family Heirlooms
The Ivy Topiary Gets Dressed Up
and hung the Christmas balls from the chandelier…
and played the music box to our heart’s content.
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
Now if only we could get the shopping, baking and Christmas cards done!
Photos from Bright Bazaar and yours truly
While we don’t tend to think too much about our own holiday decorating until right after Thanksgiving (that’s because we’re so busy with everyone else’s floral needs!), we did get into the holiday spirit early this year with an event at Nielsen’s Florist in Darien sponsored by our great friends at Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.
The James Girls Ringing in The Holidays
Along with Simon Pearce and Home James!, we created beautiful tables in the greenhouse for every setting, from glamorous to garden, city to country…
and proceeds from a fabulous raffle benefited A Better Chance, which provides academic scholarships and housing in Darien to six highly motivated minority high school girls from inner city areas.
Lovely Ladies from ABC
A great time was had by all, feasting on delicious tidbits and toasting with Nicolas Feuillate Brut Rose – and the beautifully styled Christmas trees added the perfect festive touch. None of this would have been possible without the amazing staff at Nielsen’s and the support of wonderful friends – what a stylish way to start the holidays!
Ed and Annmarie from Simon Pearce
P.S. For more pictures of the event, visit our new blogging friend, the lovely Stacey, at Quintessence!
Photos from yours truly