I try not to use many faux decorations so I hate to decorate too early. Natural Christmas decorations can be gathered from your backyard or foraged from your neighbors. Mix evergreens, with twigs, pinecones, and some fruit and nuts and you have beautiful fresh from nature decor. I am so happy to be joining the home tour for the fourth year. This year it features 27 bloggers and is organized each year by the girls at Eleven Magnolia Lane and Jenny of Evolution of Style. Lynch Creek Farm is sponsoring the home tour again and have supplied each of the participating bloggers with a wreath, garland, or fabulous centerpiece of their choice. If you are visiting from Home by Heidi welcome. Let’s start at the front door. Welcome to my Christmas Home Tour Inspired by Nature.
I started out with a Home Depot wreath. I fluffed it up (they are flat as a pancake when you get them), then I added eucalyptus and pomegranates from my yard, old pinecones (that I recycle year to year) and the same bells I used last year.
Since Beau is in a posing mood, come on in.
I was in a rush to get the house decorated for this tour so some of the pictures were taken by candlelight!
The beautiful garland is the same garland I used last year, the premium garland , from Lynch Creek Farms. This is not like the garland you pick up at HD or Costco it is full, fragrant, freshly constructed and delivered to your front door.
This year I added foraged magnolia, sugar pine cones and wide brown satin ribbon for a simpler look.
On the wicker traveling trunk are a group of Santas that I have collected over the years. I added a white poinsettia from Home Depot and some foraged juniper from my neighbors yard.
In my dining room this year I kept it simple with foraged magnolia and brown and white striped ribbon.
On the table, I filled an old trencher purchased from Patine at Goat Hill Fair with magnolia, pine cones, and candles.
On the blanket chest are a reproduction Santo and more home depot white poinsettias. In the background is a vineyard painting by artist Pat Huber. You can see more of her beautiful work at Pat Huber fine art.
The sconces are dressed up with some foraged magnolia and more brown and white striped ribbon.
On the antique blanket chest is another purchase from Goat Hill Fair (we got into a lot of trouble this year), a vintage concrete deer garden ornament.
Above the deer is a simple magnolia wreath.
The last stop on this weeks tour is our family room.
The mantle is actually decorated with faux greens, osage oranges (hedge apples), foraged black and white turkey feathers, and linen stockings crafted by Trish Banner of Cottage by Design. She made a new one this year for Summer.
I placed another home depot wreath on the coffee table, embellished it with feathers, pine cones, magnolia, and osage oranges. It surrounds a large glass hurricane purchased from Pottery Barn many years ago.
That completes the first part of my tour. Come back next week and I will show you the tree, kitchen and converted game room. Don’t forget to stop and visit all of the other talented bloggers on the tour. You won’t want to miss my friend Sheila’s (maison de cinq) home. She really went all out this year.