Ornamental Plaster Sculpting, Mural Painting, Faux Finishing, and Imaginative Interior Design.

Ornamental Plaster Sculpting, Mural Painting, Faux Finishing, and Imaginative Interior Design.
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Monday, December 17, 2012

...and a partridge in a pomegranate pile...or is it a grouse?

Partridges in pear trees are so last two centuries.  How about a quail (grouse?) in a pomegranate pile?  Okay, maybe not catchy enough to rate a line in a song, but winter birds and fancy fruits celebrate a season of abundance, no matter the variety.  Work with what you have, and what you spot at yard sales in the coming year.  Stuff that isn't typically Christmas might not jump out at you, so look at everything with squinty eyes and sugarplum vision, next summer.

Belle has lovely old radiators, but no fireplace, so I am slowly capping all the rad's with mantles.  This one was made from an old headboard and a dresser top (found curbside on trash day), and the whole thing painted gold and black, to unify it.  The mirror was missing, so I used smaller ones (free from a friend cleaning out leftover stuff) broken up and mosaiced in.  I didn't need a third mirror in the space, but I liked the idea of the sparkle and reflection on this side of the room.

The feather embellishment at the top was meant to go on my tree, but it was too big.  Using it here connects the natural look of the tree with the glitterier look of the mantle.

The little tree is a fake tree underneath, with natural branches stuck in.  I often use this trick on banister and porch garland.  Looks natural, and stretches the bundle of greens much farther.

Decorating is just more fun when you drop the idea that it has to be perfect and pricey.   Hope your sparkles are all in place and you are ready to relax and enjoy the beauty of the season!
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