Hi all, Danielle here!
For those who don’t know me personally, let me tell you… Christmas is my jam (And Kate’s too, we both are obsessed)! We just LOVE the holiday season at Floret + Vine and all of the giddiness we feel when helping create the picture perfect winter wedding, it is our favorite time of the year!
For me, there is just something about finally turning on holiday songs (Kate and I actually started listening back in October, please don’t judge us), putting up my Christmas tree and making sure the ornaments are spaced out just right, sipping on some hot cocoa with extra marshmallows, while feeling the heat from my cozy little fireplace that brings me to my happy place. I absolutely love decorating for Christmas and try to make the atmosphere feel so special for my family. Which brings me to the idea of this blog… there are so many festive flowers and greens that you can incorporate into your decor and I’d love to show you!
Here is a little bit of a back story. My husband and I purchased our home last year knowing “we” would need to do a ton of renovations to the place (“We” as in my hubby… he owns a construction business so renovating is his forte – I just design). We had set a goal over the summer to finish the main floor by Christmas and guess what… we finished! I am so excited to share with you our winter wonderland. We decided on a soft festive farmhouse palette to include lots of whites, creams, greens and gold. I fell in love when I found the wooden bead garland to drape across the tree and down the mantle, it was the perfect farmhouse touch! I’ve been dying to show you how we added festive touches all around our home in hopes that it inspires your design theme for the holidays. Keep reading for decorating tips that will have you smelling for more!
I love adding garland wherever I can find the perfect spot for it! You can add greens to your mantle, staircase, down the center of your dining table, around door frames, and wherever else your heart desires. I decided to have our garland cascade down the fireplace and it is gorgeous, it balances out the stockings on the other side of the mantle. Garland definitely adds the perfect amount of green to any room and smells phenomenal. Some of my favorite seasonal garlands for the holiday season are pine, spruce, cedar, douglas, fraiser fir, and juniper… they smell out of this world! Unfortunately at my house we have to use faux everything because my husband is allergic to the smell, but don’t worry sometimes I sneak off and light up a fraiser fir candle.
Once we ordered our counter stools in November I was so excited to make faux pine wreaths to hang on the back of each stool as chair charms, so cute right? These were so easy to make and is the only decoration we needed to complete our holiday feel in the kitchen. You can also add a wreath to the top of your mantle, front door, bedroom doors, windows… literally anywhere! I might even keep my wreaths out through January because they give me all the wintery feels and it makes my heart sing. If faux wreaths are not your thing, just pop by your local grocery store or garden center, they always have a variety of wreath options to select from!
There is something so special about having Christmas flowers all throughout your home. There is only one time of the year where you can have poinsettias on every table, pieces of holly added to your gift wrapping, mistletoe hanging down for those sneaky kisses, and giving away Christmas cactus’ as hostess gifts. I was able to find garland for my staircase and table centerpieces with white poinsettias on them which were the perfect addition to my wintery farmhouse decor.
To me, the best smell in the world is Christmas! I don’t know why but when it smells like the holidays, I am one happy gal. It just reminds me of all of the amazing feelings I get around this time of the year. The scent reminds me of decorating the tree, baking cookies, and spending time with my family… it is simply the best! There are so many ways to get your home smelling amazing for the season but one of my favorites is simmering spices on the stove top. I love combining orange slices, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, and cranberries. For my family, this is the next best aroma for us since my husband is allergic to pine! All of the ingredients combined just smell incredible.
Another seasonal spice of my choice is rosemary, there is so much you can do with rosemary. If you don’t know me, it is very important that you know cheese is my life! So I love me a beautiful charcuterie board from time to time with pops of fresh rosemary sprigs throughout. I have also tied rosemary sprigs to napkins to complete my festive tablescape. You can even make mini rosemary wreaths as your napkin holder, the ideas are just endless!
Whether you are opening up your home to family and friends for the holidays or watching Christmas movies with your pup, these tips will help make your home look and smell fantastic all season long. Happy holidays from the Floret + Vine team!