Holiday Vignettes

Friday, December 24, 2010

     During a recent Christmas brunch at the home of a very creative friend of ours, I was impressed by the dazzling display of her "bird tree".  An intriguing arrangement of bird ornaments and related items had been placed upon a collection of birch branches and sundry twigs which emerged from a classic cream-colored urn topped with blue-green garden moss.  Miniature nests, tall holly berry branches, vibrant glass ornaments, small pictures, and tiny wreaths were tucked in among the sprawling branches.

     The tree reaches nearly five feet tall and is beautifully placed between two large reclining white and gold papier-mache reindeer figures laced with garlands.  This assemblage presents a woodsy, free-form and elegant holiday scene.


     A vintage cutglass bowl filled with pinecones, beads and ornaments resting on a dark antique sideboard catches the eye of a nearby diner. Standing tall among green boughs and garlands, an old-fashioned glass Santa figure overlooks the holiday delights.

     A clear glass domed cake stand becomes the focal point for a small Christmas vignette created with ornaments, beads and pinecones. Placing the stand on a classic silver tray adorned with bird sculptures, ornaments and boughs enhances the old world appeal.


     This antique dinnerware table setting gracefully invites with its opulence and various textures complemented by silver and glass accents.

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