Last week, I got to spend some time catching up with one of my high school friends, Tamara! It was so much fun, you guys. Tamara is an amazingly talented lady who recently launched her floral design biz: Loon Slipper Floral Design! We thought it would be fun to collaborate with a holiday styled shoot because who doesn’t love decorating for christmas? The answer is nobody. It’s definitely my favorite time of year, and you bet my house has every last corner decorated with something holiday. We decided that the perfect backdrop for our holiday shoot was my cousin Breanna‘s new house. So, we invaded her living room and dining room for the day and made a really pretty mess.
I’ve been getting more and more into floral design lately, so I had Tamara show me some of her tips and tricks to making garland + wreaths. She is the best teacher you guys. In fact [insert shameless plug here], she’s going to be at west elm in Edina, MN (where I work) next week teaching a wreath design workshop! (grab a seat here!) We had a blast putting together the garland shown below that we draped over the fireplace and also used later on as a centerpiece for a couple tablescape photos! I was so pleased with the outcome, and I’m excited to keep this sweet garland over our mantel at home and even carefully store it and use it for shoots in the future.
Below are the rest of the pictures from our day, we styled the fireplace mantel at breanna’s house and then I wanted to move in and never leave. Seriously, it’s amazing how much some simple greens can make a space feel so much more home-y and warm. My favorite christmas decorations this year are these bristle brush trees from west elm. I literally put them everywhere. I decided to keep the styling pretty simple on the mantle because I wanted to keep the garland as the main focal point. All we added was two lanterns on either side with either a candle or some trees inside and then two brass candle holders on either side as well. For me, decorating for christmas isn’t about overdoing it and making it look like christmas threw up in your home. It’s more about keeping it tasteful and classic. Less is more in these cases, making sure that you have little vignettes here and there that pull it all together.
If you have a holiday party coming up, you should definitely consider adding a garland to your table. These things are for real the best. First, fresh garlands will make your house smell amazing. Second, it will pull your table together no matter what you are serving and give your party that sophisticated feel that a vase with some filler just can’t do on its own.
I had so much fun working with Tamara and learning how she makes the floral magic happen. If you’re free next Thursday night at all, you should definitely look into signing up for the Wreath Design Workshop at West Elm in Edina with her. (I’ll be there too, working + running the event!) Click here to reserve your seat now!
The holidays are right around the corner, and the parties have already started! What’s your favorite holiday decoration or tradition? I love hearing what other people do on the best holiday of the year!