Along with everything else that goes into decorating the house for Christmas, it’s nice to have some new ideas for informal Christmas flowers. What always interests me are flowers that are available, will hold for a while and don’t look very formal. I like to place them on the counter in the kitchen sometimes, on the console table in the front hall, or on the game table in our living room. These are spots where they can be seen and enjoyed throughout the day.
Red cyclamen [top] are an offbeat choice for Christmas but the color carries them. An arrangement like this could be easily assembled with two pots of cyclamen and a trip to Target for a tin bucket or something quite similar. This idea also would work with poinsettias. The trick, I think, is to get plants that have a good scale with the side of the container.
Amaryllis are so lovely and they last a long time. I love the white ones like these, and working greenery and pinecones around the base to fill the gap between this low, mid-century style vase and the planting pot could be done in myriad ways. What’s nice to me is that it’s kept woodsy and natural — no spray or glitter on the ‘cones.
The Scandinavian aesthetic shows how effective minimalism can be. The informal Christmas flowers here are no more than three sprigs of berries in a unimposing jar. But paired with the sleek candle holder they create a very effective look that feels festive and lighthearted.
New York floral designer Ariel Dearie, whose flowers are stupendous, created this bouquet as part of a winter flowers piece in Veranda. While these almost border on being too professional for what I’m talking about, I was attracted by the presentation in a vintage tin pitcher and the cottage-y table. Half a dozen white roses are definitely approachable to mix with eucalyptus, wild rose hips (or berries) and andromeda, which are the pointy white ones. I have a green ceramic pitcher and a small wood tripod table. This one could be a real possibility for decking the halls here in the next few weeks.
(Source: waitrose direct, houseandhome, annixen, veranda)
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