Friday, December 3, 2010

L'avènement de Noël: № 3





Icy color inspiration with sticks.

Good Friday morning! For today's inspirational Christmas post, I wanted to share some of my favorite stick and branch ideas for bringing a little winter into the home. I personally love bringing sticks into my space, especially each returning year at Christmas, for a whimsical, organic presence. They allow for a tremendous amount of flexibility in look and feel... spray paint them white for a light and airy look, gold for glamour, or leave them natural, and adorn with many ornaments—the possibilities are so vast. Let's take a closer look at each of the ideas demonstrated above, shall we...

Ideas explored:

01 add thin sticks into a simple iron birdcage for an extra layer—finish off with sweet birds
02 a simple stick wreath can add just a touch of winter to your wall or above your fireplace, especially with just a few berries tucked in for depth and color
03 beneath the opening of simple glass candlesticks, tuck in painted or natural sticks for a little surprise*
04 create a backdrop, almost screen-like, with large and free branches, slightly crossing over within the centre of the two sections, perhaps bringing a few branches towards the cabinet—brushing the top. Adorn with large, simple ornaments for a more bold look
05 turn a large clear vase upside down to create a dome effect, add a branch inside and perhaps flowers (for an atrium look) or birds (for a bird cage look) and a few glistening ornaments to draw the eye inside, or as shown, drape something fun over top!
+ place a mirror behind any of these ideas above in order to reflect the different angles of the branches—the look is much more powerful this way

*do you have any additional ideas/thoughts that you would like to share?


images: Coté Est Hiver '07 / photos: Nicholas Millet

10 comments:

  1. Hayhay!
    How are you? Your blog is great and I love your style! I'm glad that I've visited yours.

    Please, check mine, & maybe we can follow eachother? + join my giveaway!

    Thanks and love,
    Cindy

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  2. Can't choose. They are all perfect, Sarah. I'm going stick fetching.
    Have a great afternoon.
    Teresa

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  3. simply exquisite Sarah, as usual. thank you for these amazing ideas! have a great weekend, darling! xo

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  4. What wonderful images! You seem to always inspire me :)

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  5. What a wonderful collection of images you have here!
    Love all those ideas, they are precious.
    Hugs.
    Tereza

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  6. I'm really into the using pretty birdcages as decor. I've only ever thought of using flowers or candles, but the use of sticks gives it a whole other feel! Great post :)

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  7. Stunning and very inspiring... I just may have to incorporate a few sticks in my holiday decorating this year!

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  8. Sarah, this is a fabulous and exquisite post,
    HAve a nice sunday,
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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