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


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

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

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

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

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

  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 :)

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

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


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