I like to go over the top at Christmas with cooking, with decor, with books and magazines devoted to the subject. I have a big closet in the basement filled with boxes of decorations so there's lots of material to work with. As a result, I decided I would not buy any special items to use around the house.
Instead I recreated something on the order of an arrangement I did last year. Along with the holiday decorations, we also replaced or re-hung two dozen pieces of 2-D art throughout the house last week, as well as a number of sculptural objects. One of the changes was moving Tom Sargeant's beautiful painting to the wall above the Chinese wine tables. I love Tom's painting too much to ever relegate it to the basement storage.
I didn't want the holiday arrangements to distract from the painting so I kept it simple. A little drama from the scale of our Italian putti candlestick and Mark Skudlarek's bowl. The bowl, pomegranates and pebbles are all the same as last year. But this time I added some cherries to enhance the red theme. And, no, those cherries are not real.
Given all the pomegranates I've dried over the years, I needed to find a use for them as well. They go in a big bowl that was originally filled with dried seeds, pods, pine cones and pomanders. Slowly I've added glittery items including mini lights.
This bowl (by Win Byers) sits on a long embroidered red and black fabric table runner from India. It looks great going down the length of the table but then we are always pushing the whole display out of the way when we eat dinner or want to work at the table. So I've relegated the display to the end of the table where we can enjoy it even when we are working there.
Saturday night we had another couple over for dinner. We told them to decide at the last minute if the snow storm was bad enough to keep them at home but they decided to brave the weather. I tried a new recipe that was good enough that I'll make it again. We sat by the fire enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvres with candles aglow around the room. The dining table was set with my grandmother's glam china and crystal but we were all casual and comfy in jeans and winter sweaters while the snow piled up outside. A perfect evening.
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what kind of arrangements other gardeners have created today.