Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Using Indigenous Organic Materials to Enhance your Home for the Holidays


Those of you who are regular readers know that my house was photographed for Tuscan Style Magazine (not to be confused with that other “Tuscan” magazine recently on the stands).  The magazine comes out the end of this month so I can only show you snippets of my Christmas Décor. I wasn’t going to decorate much this year. Why is it that once you start you can’t stop?  Is anyone else afflicted with this disease?
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I am a big advocate of using organic materials that are available in either your own yard (or your next door neighbors). Utilizing greens that are available in your own yard  makes the transition from inside to out much more natural. I have no problem  using some “faux”  greens to jazz things up a bit. In our yard we have Eucalyptus, Olive, Boxwood and two different kinds of Pepper trees.  My neighbor has tons of overgrown juniper that they are always happy for me to trim so I am always willing to oblige! This swag on the door going out to the side garden was created with a little of all of the above, and one of the German Glitter Stars from Wendy Addison that I have had for years. You can see more of her work and collaborations here http://www.wendyaddisonstudio.com/
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The chandelier in my dining room is dressed with a faux garland to which I have added simple seeded Eucalyptus and my German glitter garlands from Wendy that I use every year.
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I am all about using what is indigenous to my part of the country.  It doesn’t snow or even get cold here so I think anything with snow kind of looks silly.   My dining room is neutral except for the blue grays.  Here is my Santo (dressed up as queen of the forest) that sits on my sideboard.
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This corner wasn’t photographed for the magazine and it houses one of the first paintings I ever bought from my friend Pat Hube rhttp://pathuberfineart.com/ . Every corner doesn’t need to “scream” Christmas.   Dried hydrangea and eucalyptus do the trick.
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This is the same basket I had on my door for Thanksgiving.  I removed the rust berries and hydrangea, added some juniper and these pink berries from my neighbor’s tree and that great ribbon from Michaels.
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Admittedly I get a little lazy with my transitional decorating from Fall to Christmas.  I decorate my mantle for Thanksgiving and just change out a few thing for Christmas so I don’t have to redecorate the whole darn thing. In this case I added the juniper and called it good.

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I have so many ornaments that have sentimental value that I can’t bear doing a “decorator tree”. My tree remains traditional.  I know it has too much stuff on it.  This year my daughter and daughter in law are going to come grab some ornaments.  Next year it will look a little less like I threw the ornaments on it and left them where they landed.
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All of the wrapping, ribbon  and tags I scored at Marshalls. The burlap with the red stripe came from Michaels. 


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The kitchen chandelier is adorned with Eucalyptus and faux berries.






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The rest of the kitchen I left alone except for a few simple embellishments.
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You know those flat as a pancake wreaths that you find at HD etc?  They are super reasonable and if you add a bit of flora from your own yard they can look pretty good.
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The door to the wine room will  wear a similar wreath.  Inside I added a few touches here and there.  I think this little hanging corner cupboard looks great with my belsnickel collection.  I wasn’t going to drag this out this year either!!
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How is your Christmas Decorating coming along?  Are you finished or just beginning?  The Winner of the giveaway is Terry please email me your address.  I am sending you a goodie box of things!! I will be back next week with another giveaway!!

20 comments:

  1. Hi Cindy. Your house is so beautiful! I too love using natural materials I scavenge for in the forest. By the way, I love your iron kitchen chandelier! And I'm going to have to go to Marshalls for some of that wrapping paper. Merry Christmas!

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  2. Your home is just marvelous this holiday season Cindy! I made a promise to try to put more greens in my decor next year for sure since right now, I wasn't sure how it may affect my little baby (she's got VERY sensitive skin)! Love all the greens you added and how you mixed them all up! Hope you have a very merry Christmas!

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  3. Beautiful - thank you for sharing the art by Pat Huber - amazing pieces. She captures the California light and feel perfectly. I am now on her mailing list - a gift in and of itself! Happiest of holidays to you from Southern California.......

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    1. Hi Holly

      I am so glad you love Pat's art. Not only is her art wonderful, she is a wonderful person. I may have to do a post about all of the wonderful paintings I have of hers in my home! Thank you so much for commenting. Pat is a dear friend.

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  4. Perfectly stunning. Have to do some pinning. I am reusing your pomegranates...Thanks again. See you soon.

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  5. Cindy I love everything you do and the holiday decor is not exception. How great to have a neighbor with those juniper berry branches. I would be all over that!! Also love the burlap from Michaels, it looks designer!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  6. TREE is UP.......and BELIEVE ME BABY I have MORE ornaments on the tree then YOU!Too much sentimental value there........one can only hope a few shall break from year to year......this year lost TWO!Your decor is lovely.......I have done the tree but cannot face the other 20 something boxes that have been taken down out of the attic!!!IT is time to start tossing..........BUT ITS SO HARD FOR ME!How exciting a magazine shoot!Nothing like a shoot to make YOU CLEAN..............was this with Fifi?I know she was doing a new TUSCAN MAG.................we must LUNCH in the NEW YEAR.........you up for that??I too have all that WENDY STUFF....................TONS of it!XX

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    1. Would love to meet for lunch!! I am usually in the city every three weeks at the design center and at my daughter's in WC often!!

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  7. Beautiful! Love all the embellishments from nature! I cannot get my act together this year. AT. ALL. Who knows...maybe this weekend?!?

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  8. Cindy, I have the same disease! It just seems to get out of control. I love your angle—so sweet.
    xo, lissy

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! The greenery is stunning and styled to perfection!

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  10. Cindy you just amaze me! Sooooooo pretty and I love how you bring your garden into the design of the holiday decor.
    I don't have a tree yet but hope to get one today. Sad to say I'm way behind but what else is new!

    Keep sharing so I can get inspired OK?

    xx k

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  11. Most enchanting my dear! Bringing nature in is beautiful!
    Inspired by sweet Beau, we tried a bow and a hat for pictures this year. I haven't downloaded them yet.
    Most of them are Cody chewing the chewing the hat and pulling the dang bow off!
    Love the Christmas decorating!

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  12. Cindy,
    As a fellow-Californian I agree, we are lucky to have such amazing flora all within reach. I have grown to prefer Mother Nature's bounty to adorn my house for Christmas. I'm not a purist though, I'm happy to buy a few faux berries and even greens when they look particularly good. Your home is beautiful and I hope you'll let your readers know when your feature hits the newstands.
    xo,
    Karen

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  13. Thanks Karen...I certainly will!! I too am certainly not a purist in any sense of the word!!!

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  14. Congrats on the magazine photo shoot! Love your decorations - I need to get out in my yard and cut a few greens too.

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  15. Hi Cindy! What a treat this was to start my day...so lovely...I especially like that you use local materials and things from the garden to decorate...imitating nature is the best inspiration...hugs and the best for Christmas! N.xo

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  16. Beautiful, Cindy! I always gravitate to the natural as well. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2015!
    xo,
    Phyllis

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  17. Hi there! You have a beautiful house. The colours are so warm and inviting, I can imagine it is wonderful for entertaining. I really enjoy your blog, have just started to follow you. Thanks, Nancy (stonecropsister.com)

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  18. Great article, Thanks for your great information, the content is quiet interesting. I will be waiting for your next post.

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