I have collected from my yard both Pee Gee Hydrangea and Endless Summer Hydrangea. The Pee Gee is the dried brown and the Endless Summer is the lime green.
Lime button mums are added. I will see if they retain the color since they are only partially dried. The sticks you see are red curly willow.
The tree looks almost artificial, especially dressed in dried florals.
Not so lucky Endless Summer
The living room trees and mantle are finished and are sporting so many woodsy items along with so many pine cones you will almost not believe it. I mass decorations like I did on the mantle in 2009. Only this year the mantle is really decked out al naturale.
To keep the consistency of design between adjoining spaces, I have retained the theme. Like last year’s flowers jumping spaces, this year the ‘garden finds’ does the same.
The way to get a theme going is to gather like items and add to the group. These items below are some of the items on the living room tree and mantle. Start a group and find textures, colors, and forms that have a similar feel. Then take it up a notch and add an opposite for punch. Maybe shiny glass, light blue eggs would be cool in the nest.
After I get in all the natural items, I throw in the sparkle. What is Christmas without a bit of sparkle? Remember, bounce the light. I used green glittered pears and apples to keep the theme authentic. The curly willow weaves the tree like ribbon or garland.
You can see the real effect of adding branches to the tree. It adds texture and visual interest.
This image really shows how curly the willow is. Even though the living room trees sport pine cones, I did not use them in the dining room. Why? Because the textural quality, color and form are similar to the hydrangea.
The hydrangea is much more delicate, but it gives the same feel when added to this tree. The living room trees have a different feel. It is a much more masculine feel.
I was joking to another blogger that I might add gnomes because they would feel right at home in these trees.
Add a wild edge and you have got a Christmas worth a whinny, sorry a bray. Just didn’t sound as poetic.