January 17, 2011

Inspiration in Chaos

People who are in the floral, catering, or really any service-based industry will tell you that the holidays are the hardest. We work to feed, decorate, and take care of our clients so much for the first 23 days of December so that when it comes time for us to tend to our own homes, we are drained and can barely eek out the inspiration or the cheer so essential to this time of year.

Nevertheless, no matter how busy I am, I do look forward to the holidays and the chance to use my own much-loved things as well as new treasures I have discovered to decorate my home. In the days leading up to Christmas, I am able to take some quiet time and really play with color, light, and texture and design things I would have a hard time replicating on a large scale. These designs are meant to be looked upon, savored, and enjoyed over the course of many days of merriment.

For me, it's the few moments of stillness amidst the chaos that I relish most of all - snow falling, candlelight flickering, flowers opening. I hope you all had a marvelous holiday season!

Table set for Christmas morning - narcissus and clementines -

Old-fashioned tree with much-loved ornaments -

Christmas Day - dinner at night -

Snow on the day after Christmas -

From the outside -

And from the inside - I love my window!

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