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Designing the Holiday Collection

When I decided to design Christmas greenery I jumped in with both feet without a moment's hesitation. That's how I tend to do things; just push forward and get it done. Fortunately for me it turned out that designing my Holiday Collection was not too different from designing a garden. I had to imagine whom I was designing for and be sure to allow for that person to add personal touches if wanted. All the pieces are ready to use as is, but they can be further embellished to suit any d&eactue;cor.

Rustic Revival Collection

I use burlap for all sorts of decorating at the Garden Home Retreat and it was my inspiration for the Rustic Revival Collection. I decided to keep the color palette in the brown family combining the burlap with a chocolate ribbon and dark brown pinecones. I like the textural contrast between the burlap and the silky brown ribbon.

Pieces in the Rustic Revival Collection would look great with the addition of blue or that bright teal that's so hot right now.

Colonial Collection

Colonial Williamsburg was on my mind when I designed the Colonial Collection. Early American decked their halls with simple greenery such as ivy and holly; I added crabapples and pinecones to give the greenery color and texture.

I omitted ribbon on these pieces, but a bright bow would be a fun way to add a personal touch.

Classic Christmas Collection

Nandina berries are at their brightest in December so they are often used in holiday decorations. They were my starting point for the Classic Christmas Collection. The red and green color palette, festive plaid ribbon and berries are just right for anyone who favors a traditional look in their home.

Grove Collection

Citrus is another holiday decorating tradition that I called upon. To freshen up the idea I added a contemporary chartreuse bow for today's homes and interiors.

Make the pieces in this collection fun with the addition of cinnamon sticks. Just insert them into the greenery for added warmth and fragrance.

Sterling Collection

I wanted to create a collection for the DIY decorator who needed a base to work with. I find that silver is the perfect neutral for holidays. The Sterling Collection is perfect for a monochromatic theme or add color to suit any style.