Glitter and Berries and Birds, oh my!
First of all, thank you JESS for inviting me to showcase my home for the Winter Eclectic Home Tour! I’m so glad I’ve got ladies like you all around the globe to share my crazy adventure.
My name is Brittany and I love inspiring the imagination to take flight. Nothing is impossible! With that…let’s get started in sharing my wonderland…
In my world, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a blanket of snow, Bing Crosby, a gaggle of friends, and of course sparkles…lots and lots of sparkles.
The best new thing I tried with my tree this year was to add ribbon in a waterfall effect rather than the old classic way of wrapping it around. It was so simple too! All you have to do is tuck the end of the ribbon deep into the tree, loop it out, and then tuck it back in again from top to bottom - or on an angle, like I did. It was a fun way to change up the look without doing a major overhaul.
When I was a kid, there came a point where we stopped decorating for Christmas because we were out of town and it seemed like lot of effort for little enjoyment. I’m so glad that in this house we’ve gotten to start our own family traditions.
The day after we decorated W (my two year old), woke up and saw the tree again. It was as if she was seeing it for the first time because she got SO excited all over again. There’s nothing like a child’s amazement to bring you joy over the holidays, or any day of the year really.
W loves to touch the ornaments - they fascinate her - but the truth is, they fascinate me too! I love seeing an eclectic mix of individual ornaments all around my tree. I think the rocking horse is my favourite. BUT the be all end all of ornaments is Christopher Radko. I have a couple spread around the tree, but if anyone is feeling generous - I’m hoping to add Gingerbread Express to my collection. I think Candyland is a wonderful Christmas theme.
Summer is my favourite season, but even I have to admit that it’s a rare beauty to see hoarfrost or rime ice covering everything. However, this also means that we get some pretty chilly days - which means reading by the fireplace is a must! I love curling up on my sheepskin rug with a blanket and feeling every inch of my body get toasty. This is a double pleasure for me since reading can inspire the imagination, and since I recently finished my gold fireplace there’s now some luxe interiors to inspire my senses. (Details behind that gold fireplace will be coming soon, so stay tuned!)
The baking and the food is always the best part of christmas because over a meal is where the real community happens - whether its with friends or family. Do you need a pinterest worthy tablescape to make great connections? Absolutely not! But why not add a little pezaz to your table decor to set the mood?!
To create a beautiful table for dinner - my recipe is simple. My main ingredients include: fine china, stand out utensils, and a centerpiece. Everything else you just get to play around with! Elaborately folded napkins or charger plates can come or go, and the number of glassware always depends on the occasion.
Tablescaping is the best! It’s something you get to reinvent as often as you want - and Christmas is no exception. I love hosting dinners of several courses with wine pairings, but at Christmas time it’s all about the family and the conversation, so we try to keep it simple. It’s always buffet style with an enormous amount of food, which everyone chips in on. So if I don’t have to worry about a lot of courses all by myself, I get to concentrate more on pulling off playful decor.
This table features Chelsea Garden, Spode China. This is what my aunt calls the creme de la creme of china. Spode tends to be a big deal because Josiah Spode is credited with developing the formula for fine bone china around 1790. This particular set was in circulation around 1952-1988. I’m a history nerd, so I digress.
As in fashion, I think when it comes to decorating your home, you can mix high and low end stuff together. It feels chic, and yet doesn’t break the bank. I picked up new serving utensils because they were on sale at Pier 1 Imports. (Score!) And I love the way the branches unite with the evergreen charger and the floral plate. I also hand painted the checkered table myself; it was a hand-me-down from my mom! My bamboo chairs were thrifted and my centrepiece is an eclectic mix of dollar store and winners finds. This table definitely shows that you can bring together all sorts to create something beautiful…ah, but isn’t that life?
That’s it for now! Thanks to everyone who followed along. Be sure to finish the tour by visiting all these other amazing ladies!
Last, but not least, I wish you all a truly amazing Christmas season. I pray you’re surrounded by loved ones and that your hearts are filled with joy and peace. Merry Christmas!