Six homeowners in the Hampton Gardens neighborhood of Richmond opened the doors of their festive homes for the St. Catherine’s Holiday House tour last Sunday. Alison and I always enjoy this biannual tour and were eager to see what inspiration trends we’d spot for indoor and outdoor Christmas decor. We couldn’t have been more delighted to find that simple and natural equalled quiet holiday elegance throughout all of the homes.
Serendipitously this morning as I read an article by Shane Connolly (floral designer to royalty and the über wealthy) in the House & Home section of the Financial Times entitled It’s Christmas…naturally,
Alison sent me this blog post, Holiday Trend Alert: The Natural Look is In (And It’s Way Easier). Looks like our Richmonders on the house tour are right on trend. Take a look at what we mean.
We couldn’t decide if this garland of lemon leaf was real or faux. After the tour the floral designer Christina McCoy confirmed it was indeed real. Either way it’s a lighter alternative to cedar, fir or pine garland.
In Shane Connolly’s column (I cannot link to it because the folks at FT require a subscription to read their online content), he shared his two rules for Christmas decoration:
First, distinguish between the home and a department store. It is all about imagination and atmosphere rather than grand impressions.
Second, remember that everything has been done before, but anything inspired by nature and “homemade” is likely to be more original and interesting than anything man-made.
Imagination and originality were on abundant display in the natural designs the homeowners shared at the open houses. The simplicity of the designs and the use of natural, readily available elements encouraged us to consider freshening up our Christmas decor, too. How fortunate that being on trend this year means saying good-bye to grand impressions necessitating heavy outlays of cash and Hello, Mother Nature with fresh bounty from the great outdoors.
December 7, 2016