Berry Merry

red berries and green leaves in a porcelain compote dishTake a bunch of berries and leaves and refashion as you please.

Traditional Christmas colors – red and green – are always used for artificial ornaments and decoration but I do so love to see these expressed naturally. Evergreen holly and winterberry holly offer the combination of rosy fruit and verdant leaves. There are myriad ways to use them for holiday décor and we especially like some ideas we found recently. Utterly simple [top] berries and leaves can be mounded in a white porcelain footed compote bowl and used on a shelf or as a centerpiece.

delicate red berry wreathBerry branches can be wired into a graceful all-red wreath which looks festive without being showy.

berry branches in green-glass bottles as mantel decorA DIY mantel arrangement includes tall berry sprigs displayed handsome German beer bottles which bear paper tags proclaiming “peace,” “love,” and “joy.” Green or clear wine bottles would look equally holiday-esque and tags could be created from shiny or sparkly materials as well — just the ticket glue ‘n glitter fans.

red berries with rosemary sprigs and moss in candle planter potsRosemary sprigs, berries and moss combine beautifully in individual “candle pots” massed in sections of a vintage milk bottle carrier for maximum effect  (though an alternative holder could easily be imagined using a small foil-lined wooden crate, a tole box, or even a large flat stone). Whichever way you go, have a glorious holiday!

(Source: verdigrisvie, weddbook, French larkspur, chic-deco)

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One Response to Berry Merry

  1. RHome410 December 29, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Love, love, love these! Simple and fresh… and cool looking. Something I feel like I could do and love having in the house.

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