Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Northern California Natural Christmas



Hope you are having a cozy weekend. We've had a wet and stormy week and today looks like much of the same. Today is our town's annual Christmas parade, but I think I may stay in while the Cub Scouts brave the elements. Yesterday I spent the better part of the day picking up remains from the storm that hit Thursday night. The winds had brought gifts of sequoia and redwood branches and pinecones of all sizes. Cleaning up got me inspired to begin my Christmas decor and so out with the orange! I started going for a more Christmas zen feel with branches and naturals and neutrals. 




The English use clips of trees and holly to frame pictures and mirrors in the home. This is a tradition that dates back to the Druids who believed bringing greens into the home brought fertility and warded off evil spirits! Well, okay. No fertility needed here please, but I do think they look lovely and festive. I just like tucking them in a few spots for Winter welcome.




How lovely if we just let nature dictate the decor? I think all these greens look right with burlap, walnuts and my pretty mercury glass. All colorless really. I haven't unpacked the big boys yet and may just have to keep some brights in the boxes this year. The light feel of this all just calms me. (Yes I'm trying to forget the Christmas timetable here people!)







Leaving out my seashells and popped in a few of these antique looking little ornaments I bought in mesh baggies from Restoration Hardware last year.




Just a few of these and more redwood discards on the living room mantle...Haven't gotten the stockings or tree up yet...




Sequoias above are one of the prettiest conifers in my opinion.


In this grey wooden box I bought from Bunches florist, I stuck in the remains of the yard disaster- pinecones and tree bits. I think I like this best of all. It's in my entry and smells so good when you open the front door. Juniper bushes have pretty little white pinecone like berries right now. Cypress bushes are also a good filler and cuttings can look mini tree like.

 







More evergreens... I'm noticing everything looks a bit crooked here. Hmm, could be my photography or possibly my house! 





I'm loving my boxwood wreath from Trader Joes. So pretty and different for $9.99. I added my own burlap wired ribbon. The Container Store is my go to for ribbons this time of year.  Their lovely wooden spools of dreamy colors make wrapping so fun.





How about a holiday posy? This mustard jar was perfect for the tiny bits of greenery. Tie with a whispy burlap thread and you've got a little Christmas for next to your bed or the powder room. Instagram makes everything look cool doesn't it?




So before you go all out on Christmas decor, consider you surroundings. you might just have the most beautiful things right outside your window! It's better for the earth and your wallet. If you don't have evergreens like Northern California, you could use other greens like olives branches and even succulents. It's all about bringing the nature indoors in the winter. Mix your greens with a minimal amount of silver or gold add neutrals and you have got a Northern California look!

Happy foraging!

Kim




17 comments :

  1. This is exactly how I decorate but not till later on, I love gathering up holly from the garden and giving a nod to our Anglo Saxon/Celtic customs.

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    1. Tabitha, I'd love to see your home with the holly and a Scottish Christmas! I bet you make it look lovely.

      xo
      Kim

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  2. Those are wonderful greens for Christmas. You made very stylish arrangements. They must be so fragrant in your home. Enjoy your weekend and Christmas decorating!

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  3. Hi Kim,
    I have been meaning to come by and visit and picked the perfect day as I am feeling just like you on the Christmas decorating decisions. Every year I am more and more reluctant to go all out with my decorating much preferring the natural and edited path.
    Yesterday I got overwhelmed when my hubby started pulling all the boxes down from he attic and got an anxiety attack. Isn't that crazy? Not at all what the season should be inducing!!
    This morning I have decided to follow your lead and stay simple and natural.
    Love your touches, thank you for inspiring me. I love our NorCal Natural Style!!!!
    Blessings to you and your beautiful family this Christmas.
    XO

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    1. Thank you so much! I feel the same way when all the containers come down. I think I'll leave a lot in boxes and give away some that I haven't used in years. I just find it so hard to part with holiday stuff. If it's sentimental, I have to keep it! Yes, I think putting up less will be all-around less stress!

      We are so lucky to be in Northern Cal, where relaxed and natural is considered beautiful too!

      xo

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  4. Hi Kim,

    Everything looks picture perfect :) and just as I'd expect with your laid back chic California style. The mustard jars with greens are so fresh and simple.

    We've had to get an early start to decorating as we are entertaining because we are hosting our first event today {a Gingerbread House decorating party/football game}. Hopefully you will see this in one of my holiday posts!

    Enjoy your day

    xx
    leslie

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    1. .. oops, I am exhausted :\ Yes! We are hosting something today that required our house be ready. It's so much work getting the house ready!

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    2. Leslie, Can't wait to see what you do for the event. You also have such a pretty natural style in your home! Hope it's fun!

      xx

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  5. I love your decor, I plan to buy some greens and poinsettas to place around the house (in addition to what we already have). I have pared down my decorations from years past, I just can't handle boxes and boxes of stuff. I watched the Christmas Obsession show on TLC last night, one woman had over 100 trees in her house (was it 168? 175?) and hords of decorations. Oy!

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  6. I love all the green. So beautiful. I will have to find you on Instagram.

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  7. Kim - You have also inspired me! We brought the tree in today. Greens will be stuffed about (good enough for the Druids, good enough for me!), love your shells and driftwood still "out" and mixed in.

    I MUST follow through with editing the stacks of boxes, maybe even the sentimental pieces. (really only sentimental to me, and such a windfall for the hospital thrift shop)

    Thanks for the lead to box wreath at Trader Joes (wonder if they'll have them here...) and the wooden spools of ribbon at the Container Store (like what I've seen in Sundance Catalog?).

    Posting soon. Cheers!

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    2. Your home looks great Kim! Linda, they still have plenty of the boxwood wreaths at Trader Joe's, I was there last night.

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  8. Love your natural style:) The greenery is beautiful!
    ~Anne

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  9. Hi Kim~Your natural style Christmas is absolutely my favorite. You have such a stylish way of displaying all the natural beauty around you. Talk about making the best out of a destructive storm. Lovely results. I have the same wreath from Trader Joes-such a find.
    Keep up the lovely inspiration my friend.
    Cheers, xx Heather
    http://www.stylemindchic.blogspot.com

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  10. Hi Kim,
    Love your bits of greenery tucked all around...I did the same thing this year...made wreaths from trees in my backyard and put branches in jars etc. I used to buy clippings, what was I thinking?? I love how you mixed different kinds to make arrangements and the ones tucked into the basket on the wall...so cute. Everything looks fresh and beautiful!
    xo
    annie

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