Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Decorating with Natural Greens: Part 2 The Inside

Dear Reader of the Christmas in July party:
This is a past post from 2011, but thought it was still
 a great way to show using natural greens around the house!
In my last post I wrote about decorating the outside of my home using natural greens on the trees and bushes outside. We live in the woods, so I admit, I have an advantage.
But this is also partly why I wanted to start doing this.
I have the holiday decorating world literally at my fingertips.

So without further ado, here is what I came up with:

A vintage pottery serving bowl made a great pine cone display for
my coffee table.

I wasn't sure how I was going to use this nice Lenox vase but the ivory tone is the perfect backdrop for green and red!

 Here I combined (Note that my ugly 70's mantel is pretty well hidden!) faux decorations
with the natural.

Using the trimmed branches from our Christmas tree I've added them here and there.

And it helped to soften up the dark metal of the fireplace.

Same branches trimmed from the bottom of our tree.

 Why let them go to waste?

 And Mrs. Cow here needed a little something to jazz up the kitchen!

 Now for my "M" wreath... the jury is still out on the results but hey, it was my first time trying it. I think a thicker base and arranging the branches in a way that I could fluff them... see the post below for Ballard Designs "B" wreath.
 It is a learning experience!
The cedar was fun to work with although I did discover I may
be allergic to it.

 I'll leave you with a few shots of some older goodies we've collected over the years.

After all, we do love vintage.
Enjoy the day!

Linking to
Knick of Time: Christmas in July Party
 Ivy and Elephant's What's It Wednesday
Faded Charm's White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi There! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog! So glad you found me; because it led me to you! What a beautiful blog you have! So many wonderful images; and your holiday decor is just beautiful! Thanks so much for following; and I am happily following you back! Merry Christmas to you!!

Unknown said...

Jillian, I think the M looks wonderful! I love the plaid ribbon too, I'm a sucker for plaid. :) I love that it's an alternative to a traditional round wreath and I think you should be pleased with how it turned out! :)

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

that little cow is too cute!

Candylei said...

The cow is really cute! The greens make the house smell so good! Especially when the fragrances are mixed with the kitchen baking. Your letter wreath turned out great!!

Anonymous said...

I love all your fresh greens. I could almost smell the fresh pine scent. There's nothing like greenery for the perfect Christmas decorations.

Unknown said...

I enjoyed reading your blog. Merry Christmas to you Have a great one !

- KAT -

The Old Parsonage said... it all smells wonderful too!

Love the M - great idea!

Enjoy the season!

Holly said...

HI Jillian~
Talk about going green!! You did it! I would love being near the woods - you would see potential to do so many things and you did just that!!

~CC Catherine said...

Jillian, I love the vintage angels at the end of your post. So cute...and all the greens look so lovely. I could almost smell their fragrance as I scanned the pics. Merry CHRISTmas~ ;)

Cindy Adkins said...

Everything looks great! I love the little cow! Natural decorations are the best, I think. So warm and inviting.
Hugs, Cindy

Unknown said...

Thanks for the ideas! I have so much greenery around in the winter!

Unknown said...

That was awesome! I've been looking for some natural Christmas decorating ideas to be addition for my compilation and I saw some here. Thanks for sharing inspiration.