Designer Inspired Holiday Home Decor

This year, we have been inspired by some of our favorite designers when it comes to decorating our homes for the holiday season!

{1} Mackenzie Childs: Incorporating this country chic home designer into your holidays will take lots of black & white in the form of checkered prints.  Think ribbons and ornaments in this print.   We recommend a bright red for an accent color!

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{2} Betsy Johnson:  This holiday decor style is for the fun-loving decorators out there! To achieve a holiday home that Betsy herself would approve of, add lots of feathers! Put them in your centerpieces, or have them displayed on your Christmas tree! We also recommend bright & unique ornaments to tie this look all together.

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{3} Kate Spade: Where playful meets sophistication will be your home this holiday season. Make your mantle Kate Spade inspired by adding bright colors to your holiday garland, like hot print, teal, or lime, and accenting with metallics like ornaments or candle votives. Use these decorations to surround a cheeky, festive graphic quote that will have all your guests smiling.

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{4} Vera Wang: Elegant & simple decor is how we describe our Vera Wang Christmas. Lots of black & white decorations, with added in glamour, like a pearl garland.

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{5} Tommy Hilfiger: Go for a vintage, country theme with inspiration from Tommy. Imagine red plaid ribbons tied around the tree or balsam garland, and use antlers as accents when you can!

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Spooky Flowers

Just in time for Halloween, we want to share our ideas with you on how to make a spooky bouquet!

{1} Vintage Vase: Instead of your usual glass vase, use an old vintage bottle, preferably with an old label still on it! If not, you can also print out an old poison bottle graphic and still give it that vintage feel. Use this for your Halloween inspired flowers that are sure to wow your guests this season.

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{2} Dried Flowers: Use dried flowers and herbs to create an arrangement that will be beautiful yet eerie. Perfect Halloween decor!

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{3} Forensic Flowers: Here is a cool DIY idea for the Halloween lover – try “blood splatter” roses! Simply take white roses, and add drops of red paint or even nail polish to create a creepy Halloween bouquet.

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{4} Spooky Add Ons: A super easy way to a make an eerie Halloween bouquet is to take flowers in dark shades like deep oranges, purples and reds, and use some scary additives! Try artificial spider webs or branches to help achieve the perfect Halloween look.

 

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{5} Black Flowers: You may only see them on rare occasions, but black flowers do exist! This year, add black calla lilies  to your arrangement for a naturally spooky feel.

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Easter Surprises. Unexpected Decor For The Holiday.

With Easter just a hop, skip, and jump aways, decorating for guests is definitely on the mind.  Of course flowers are always our “go-to”, but don’t feel limited to all floral pieces.  Easter and spring in general are a great time to play with alternative add-ins for decorating your home!

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{1} Sweet Treats.  With baskets full of brightly colored candies, we’re so inspired by sweet ad-ins for floral designs.  Think jelly beans, bunny peeps, or chocolate foiled eggs.

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{2} Succulent Surprises.  For a modern twist on traditional Easter floral displays, add in succulents.  These structured, fleshy blooms are perfect for tucking into floral pieces, or simply standing alone.  Our favorite look is succulents tucked into dyed eggs, just like above!

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{3} Grasses Galore.  Spring is finally here (we hope), so showcasing something as simple as grasses might be just the perfect touch.  Wheat grass pared with colorful spring flowers, placed in spring inspired vases, or paired with easter staples like colored eggs with make for a beautiful Easter display.

Easterblog2{4} Veggie-tastic.  Go beyond the traditional norms of floral design and add in some unexpected elements.  Vegetables like radishes, carrots, and lettuce are perfect to keep guests looking twice at your unique design.

7037a7534d04d7c5c97cb64009d5efab{5} Mossy Must Haves.  Moss covered pieces are perfect for subtle touches of easter and spring.  Covering spheres or your favorite Easter shapes in moss is a trend savvy touch to your holiday home decor.

Holiday Wreaths

Now that Thanksgiving is over it’s time to bust out the home with some holiday decor.  So dust off those bulbs, fluff up that garland, and don’t forget a special holiday wreath.

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When choosing a wreath for your home, the first option to consider is fresh vs. artificial.  You can’t beat the seasonal smell that a fresh wreath brings into the home, but artificial wreaths are a great investment to decorate your home from year to year.

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Decide where you would like to display your holiday wreaths.  Some popular locations include the front door of your home or above a fireplace mantel.  But consider wreath alternatives, like displaying over a large mirror in your entry way, hanging over your dining room table, or as a centerpiece with a large candle in the center.

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Don’t forget that wreaths make a great remembrance piece during the holidays.  Your local florist will have easels available for cemetary display.

Edible Easter Table Scape

We’re celebrating Easter early at our house this year!! Now that our Daughter lives away at school, I like the house to feel festive when she’s home on break. Mary and her cousins are grown now, so we are beyond Easter Egg Hunts and other Holiday traditions.


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This year I am incorporating Easter Basket elements into my table scape.  I love my Mackenzie Childs pieces and look for every opportunity to use them, even when they may not be an obvious fit.

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A solid chocolate bunny perched on my pedestal dish with Easter grass and malted candy eggs in two sizes are the focal point of the design.  Adding small vases with tufts of Babies Breath compliment my black and white table settings. The black and white check carried through the ribbon is an unexpected element for Easter, but works well with my Décor. To finish off the design there are sprinkles of candy and edible Easter confetti sprinkled along the table.  Guests can feel welcome to nibble on candy after dinner along with other desserts. But please Don’t Eat the Babies’ Breath!!

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Look for my upcoming class that I will be teaching at the Rochester Brainery….Entertaining with Flowers.

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