My philosophy for Christmas decorating inside or out … keep it simple, less is more and think elegance above all else !!
Colour is fine, however work with the one theme or colour palette. It is always a good idea to give some thought or reference back to your existing interior or exterior colour scheme when choosing the colours for your decorations.
Have fun !!
Parterre Garden is celebrating 25 years in the business of bringing beautiful pieces large and small for house and garden into our lives. The shop is exquisite. Always another shipment arriving … always another piece to fall in love with.
There is something rather festive about chandeliers. I adore the ones with the small shades and am always drawn to these first. Just when one is giving thought to dressing the house and table for Christmas … oh for a pair of these. Perfect for the Christmas table … along with your finest silver, glassware and china.
I imagine garlands and wreaths … white hydrangeas and creamy gardenias.
More of this to come … but we do have our tree up, looking resplendent, so that is a start.
A lot has been written about Skye Gyngell and even more about Petersham Nurseries Cafe including the article last weekend in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend…..however I have always been more interested in exactly how they marry the plants and the food under the one roof!!
I love the idea of the greenhouses with earth floors….and yes I am sure the heating costs are enormous. Mismatched tables and chairs, rustic urns with large potted plants or at Christmas time….Christmas trees decorated with their beautiful shiny baubles from India. All very rustic….stylishly rustic but so atmospheric !!
My photo source……daughter in London recently (hence grey skies)…..shows the very cute Christmas decorations strung throughout the greenhouse. You must look at the professional web site photos taken at their amazing candlelit Christmas Market and Carol Service. A must for next year. It isn’t the first time I have mentioned that for me the best time to be in London is the lead up to Christmas…..London does Christmas so well!!
Apart from fabulous food in this wonderful greenhouse setting, there is the shop selling pots, tools, antiques and all things garden related…. of course. Wander around the nursery for inspiration or visit the magnificent garden attached to Petersham House….described as a mad flowering hedgerow !! Not far away is Richmond Park where one can head for a brisk walk….to walk off lunch!!
PS. As of yesterdays Good Living (Sydney Morning Herald) Skye Gyngell has departed Petersham Nurseries Cafe to be replaced by Melbourne’s high profile chef Greg Malouf !!
All very festive !!! and I am just loving the smell of the fresh pine trees propped up at the entrance to greengrocers. Off to choose and cut our own tree out at Kangaloon in the Southern Highlands this weekend…..the countryside is always lush and green and misty……perfect.