It has been a banner year for my vintage ornament wreaths, but I do make several other styles. This is some of a group that was made for a stunning NYC home store, NEST INTERIORS LTD., located in Chelsea at 21st and 9th Ave. The store features modern design, vintage furnishings, original art, etc. with a very carefully controlled color palette. It is a perfect backdrop for these driftwood-like vine wreaths embellished with antique faded “ghost ornaments”, circa 1900 bisque doll heads, old composition toys, vintage tinsel and lots of sparkling mica. They are a combination of holiday-sparkly and eerie-elegance. The wreaths are very reminiscent of some of my bell jars which have also been sold on consignment in the store.
I am excited about my two new designs for my postcard/thank you notes! I drop them in most of my boxes when I make a sale….(except when I run out and you get my business card or I forget. oops.)
The photos are from my personal holiday collection and were taken by my friend Alison. I loved my old “ornament” ones that looked similar to my header, but these look fresh for the coming season!
We had a lovely holiday with good friends, good food, and great drink. (A “Brandy Alexander”, anyone?) I posted several Instagram photos (see sidebar) throughout the day but thought I would put on a few other xmas vignettes here as well.
We try to change things up a bit every year and this year we added a new valance garland and large wreath. The garland was found at Michaels but needed to be twisted together to get a decent fullness. The garland is in our multi-color dining area, and we displayed a new group of 60’s Shiny Brites. The wreath -which I dubbed the “The Wreath O’ Whimsy”- displays our whimsical Italian and West German ornaments. For several years we have been hanging the animals in a vintage birdcage, but they display much better on the wreath. I look forward to adding to it. Other changes include only using vintage ornaments, using multicolor decorations on the vintage fiberglas tree, and doing our “traditional” in only frosted/glittered ornaments with a new 60’s snowman tree topper….
Well, I am about two-thirds decorated so far….. The “antiquey” wreath and tree are up but the “mid-century” and “traditional” trees are not yet photo ready. Work issues, freelance, and selling have taken up most of my time recently. (I apologize for the lack of blog and instagram posts.) I am grateful for how well things have sold, but a little overwhelmed that most of it happened in a two week span…..I must be better prepared next year! (Yeah, right…)
I did just get these snapshots of the wreath done. I will get some up of the tree in the next couple of your days.
Most of the ornaments are probably 1920’s and 30’s, but they do span the years from about 1890 to the 1950’s. I focus on gold, silver, white and faded ornaments. (It keeps me from collecting everything!) I made the wreath from a wiry base wreath and added grey wood branches and long-needled sprays. I covered the whole thing in mica flakes for softness and sparkle. This year I added small LED wire lights.
My number one tip for using a wreath to display ornaments, is to make sure the wreath is “spidery” with bendable branches and lots of spaces for things to hang. It will look very strange before you actually put the ornaments on, but you will be able to really load it up! My second tip would be to hang it over a round mirror (mine was from Ikea.) It makes the whole thing a little more magical! Continue reading
I had collected a few vintage tree toppers in gold and silver and liked how they looked as a group. I wanted to find a way to safely and dramatically display them. A glass dome proved to be the perfect solution!
To create this holiday bell jar you will need:
-a glass dome and wood base
-vintage mercury glass spikes
-assorted long screws (and possibly a nut and washer)
-tape (I used electrical)
-polyester (or cotton) fiberfil
-very thin drill bit (for spikes)