I was so excited my friend Tammy Bredin asked me to participate in the decorating of her home in the Home Tour put on by Pineridge Hollow this season. She had a rustic elegant theme with a focus on white, gold and burlap on the main floor, purples and greens on the second floor.
I created a low round piece for the coffee table in front of the mantle with ornamental cabbage, lilies and touches of willow and magnolia to bring in the brown tones. We put bundles of baby’s breath in mason jars to bring a touch of winter to the mantle. An easy way to bring burlap into the room was a coffee table runner, burlap stockings and the base of the trees wrapped in burlap. You could also cover mason jars with burlap and place ornaments or fresh greens inside.
The dining room table also had a burlap runner. All of the windows had permanent evergreen wreaths with a burlap tie. There is great effect on a room when one theme is repeated and there are multiples of the same item. I created a large showy piece for the table by glueing a plastic tray with foam on top of a 2′ cylinder vase. This is a great way to create height for a piece without needing long stems. I added touches of ornithogalum and freesia to the winter greens, magnolia and branches.
The detail on each place setting did not go unnoticed. Tammy had stamped each paper napkin with a beautiful saying. The pine cone and rustic bow on the silverware tied everything together beautifully.
The bedroom had a touch of purple which stood out against the neutral browns and burlap. I did a simple arrangement of winter greens and cool water roses to accent.
A quote from their website summed up the event:
“In an effort to support our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity we are lending our full support to launch Habitat for Humanity Springfield’s Christmas home tours.
The home tours will consist of five homes and a local historic church brimming with holiday charm. The houses and owners are fabulous and they are making a tremendous donation of their time and talents. All proceeds will go directly to Habitat for Humanity Springfield. ”