Christmas is quite literally my favorite time of the year. When I was a kid, after we opened all the gifts and were sitting pretty with a bunch of tattered paper and new gadgets my dad would says, “Only 365 days until next Christmas.” When I tell you we counted down the days until we could decorate the house, I’m not exaggerating. So, when the season rolls around and I can decorate other people’s homes as well – well, I am a kid in a Christmas shop that’s for sure.

This year, we were asked to participate in the Heights Holiday Home Tour. We met with the Arnold family, and while we were able to bring in loads of fabulous designs, Mrs. Arnold had a vision all her own. I loved it, because it reminded me of the classically elegant “Southern Living” vibe my mother always brought to our home. Cue the nostalgic Christmas music here.

Using wild greens like Smilax, Amaranthus, Ivy, Holly and some angelic Lunaria, we created a winter mantle for an urban setting. What I loved most is that this little Christmas cottage is so classic, that the front entry room almost looked mod and retro leading into a more traditional back of the home. And y’all know me, I love a good juxtaposition.

Mrs. Arnold provided her own large sterling silver trophy in which we created a (stunning, if I do say so myself) Hydrangea, Peony, Ranunculus combo with lots of holiday greens. Then we brought in our all time favorite mint julep cups to complete the table that she set with her Christmas china. All we need is a table full of Santa and some elves and this is the jolliest set up I’ve ever seen.

Well then, as you move back toward the kitchen, we wanted to root our design in some earthy, fragrant joy. We wrapped ivory pillar candles in herbs, tucked some rosemary trees wrapped in burlap behind them and created some killer mood lighting on the side board. Oo. La. La.

Y’all, I loved this project. I seriously can’t wait for next year’s! While we’re still busy decking out our client’s homes, planning an influx of weddings for Spring/Fall 2017 brides, and reveling in all things floral, take a minute to stop and smell the roses … I mean … see the roses in our photos.

And one more for good measure!

Merry Christmas!
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