I was planning to get this post up sooner, but today ended up being busy!! I did some work this morning, ran a few errands, went to PT for my shoulder (I can put on eyeliner again), had a meeting, did a few photoshoots and editing, then Marshall wanted to make chicken pot pie when he got home from school, and here we are. Pot pie made and eaten, Jeff and Calvin are out about Rochester delivering hot chocolate and doughnuts to Salvation Army bell-ringers and I have a few quiet moments to write.
When I think about winter decorating, I think about layers. Of course, there is the obvious…layering throws on a sofa, more blankets on a bed, a textural throw pillow on a side chair. But, I also think about layering when putting together vignettes. The layers add a hominess, a visual warmth if that makes sense. A single item can look clean and airy, which is perfect for summer. Multiple items, layered and nestled, speak to bundling up when the temperature drops. It just works.
Last year, for our kitchen table, I layered an ironstone tureen nestled in greens and pinecones on top of an ironstone platter on a silver tray on a breadboard. Lots of layering happening as well as a play on materials, textures, and finishes.
I learned that I can’t put an arrangement of faux greens tucked into place on the table, because Esmé will pull put the sprigs one-by-one and make her own arrangement. She doesn’t like things clustered. She wants the spread-out, wild, effortless look. She wants the someone-just-threw-a-bunch-of-sprigs-around-the-room look. We do not see eye-to-eye on this matter. But, since she’s more persistent than I am, I am waving the white flag and doing something else.
So, this year, I started with the same silver tray and used it to gather a grouping of smaller items that I already had. One practical advantage of putting a centerpiece on a tray is that it’s easy to scoot for meals, homework, and board games. Jeff and the boys sometimes grow impatient when my decor is in the way, so I try to make it as easy to move as possible!
I layered two small ironstone bowls in a footed compote and filled it with some nuts. (Oddly enough, the cats haven’t played with those!)
I also added a candle and another ironstone bowl filled with small candles.
Layering the bowls in the compote added a little more height and it just looks more interesting to my design eye.
I put a faux sage plant in an ironstone pot on top of the wood base for a cloche. The Ikea plant is just a placeholder for a gingerbread house or a cat-safe wintry plant.
It’s layered, it’s simple, it looks wintry, and it was using things I had on hand. I’m sure it’ll evolve as we get deeper into the winter months, but it’s a nice starting point.
And now to the giveaway! Jen from Girl in the Garage brought together a group of bloggers/authors for a big home & DIY-lover’s book giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive all 6 of these popular DIY & decorating books! This is a great collection! I’ve read all of them except The Gift of Gathering, but I love Bre’s work, so I’m sure the book is beautiful and I’ll be adding it to my collection! Here are the books the winner will receive…
1. But Where Do I Put the Couch? & Answers to 100 Other Home Decorating Questions, by KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms and Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room
2. French Vintage Decor: Easy & Elegant DIY Projects for Any Home, by Jamie Lundstrom of So Much Better With Age
3. The Home Design Doodle Book: Unleash Your Inner Designer, by Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed
4. The Gift of Gathering: Beautiful Tablescapes to Welcome and Celebrate Your Friends and Family, by Bre Doucette of Rooms for Rent blog
5. Creatively Christmas: Inspired Yuletide Decor, by Jennifer Rizzo of JenniferRizzo.com
6. Amazing Furniture Makeovers: Easy DIY Projects to Transform Thrifted Finds into Beautiful Custom Pieces, by Jen Crider of Girl in the Garage
Follow the directions to enter below. Giveaway open to US and Canada through Dec. 7, 2019.