With a deep rooted passion for finding beauty in all things, I look forward to working with you. On here, I share my work as a interior and home-design brand photographer, but also glimpses into life at The Cottage.
Since 2020 was a complete…well, we all know what it was. I decided that our Christmas decorations needed to be bright and festive… ENTER — MAGENTA. You all know that I branch from traditional Christmas colors. Remember last year’s warm, rich coppery colors on the front porch and black, white and brass in the living room.
This year I am linking up at Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk Tour Linky Party 2020. For 10 years, Jenn has been sharing this wonderful House Walk and something I look forward to seeing each year.
Well, this year, in our living room, I brought in magenta since it is a bright, festive color. It reminds me of sugar plum visions and the Sugarplum Fairy from the Nutcracker. It’s also the closest color to red that I like. I know….everyone loves neutral but I sincerely needed a dose of vibrant color at Christmas this year.
I hope you enjoy it as well.
How I made the garland! This garland is actually 2 – 6ft pieces of faux pine/Frasier fir mix that I found about 4 years ago at JoAnn fabrics. So random! I fluffed it up using a few faux cypress pieces, pinecones, and a couple sprigs of grapevine. Then I added hot pink satin ribbon, a dark ruby 4″ wire velvet ribbon, and a light pink velvet ribbon knotted together and wired in place. I found SUPER CHEAP fuchsia plastic Christmas baubles and wired them in place.
Here are some of the links to the products I used:
Last year, I ordered this print from Lindsay Letters and I love that it made its way to our mantle for Christmas!
In general, I always keep our coffee table pretty simple and easy to clean. I know that sounds so boring but with Max furs, I need it to be easy to wipe down. These candlesticks have been around for a couple of years and I love how black candles look in them. A small garden pot holds a Frasier fir candle from Thymes to fill our home with scents of the holidays. And a Poinsettia from a local garden shop actually just made its way into the picture – but it’s been residing on the dining room table. LOL! 🙂
I linked a few fun candlesticks, a garden pot, and my favorite Thymes candle that would all look great on a coffee table! So, I actually gift the Frasier fir candle quite regularly!
One of my most favorite parts about Christmas is showcasing my vintage ornament collection. So I chose to pull them front and center this year since they have so much magenta color in the glass. Last year I used them on our screened porch, but I’m so happy to have found a love for them on our mantle. Collecting vintage ornaments is a passion shared by myself and my mom. It is so neat to discover their countries of origin and how delicate and fragile the glass feels in your hand. But, I have a ways to go on my collection — my mom has over 600 (you read that right!) and keeps them on display year-round in her built-in cabinetry. It is my hope that you enjoy seeing them on display this year for our bright and festive sugarplum-inspired Christmas living room.
I filled a glazed pottery vase with fresh greens that will last through the season. I snagged my clipping shears and chose Leland Cypress to bring gorgeous boughs home. Seed lights on copper wire add just the perfect amount of light — the lights are on a timer and are perfect in the evenings. Two of my favorite books prop it up to elevate the branches.
My sweet friend, Amanda, owns an Etsy shop called “The Homestead Haven.” Her signs are all handmade and completely customizable. I love how she ran with my idea of using this quote. I have a few other signs from her shop within our home that I will be sharing on Instagram as well! Be sure to check out her shop or page on Instagram.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I sincerely hope you enjoyed seeing our bright and festive sugarplum-inspired Christmas living room. It is a joy to share these photographs with you and a peek into our home during the holidays.