Deck the Halls.

Glitter & Greens

I love to decorate with fresh-cut greens in the winter. I go a little nuts arranging branches and tchotchkes on mantels and in arrangements. This year I wanted a winter woodland vibe in the house for New Year’s and much of ski season. Of course, a little sparkle never hurts! The bronze glitter “snowflakes” were part of my outdoor decor in 2017. I decided they looked wonderful in the “transition space” that has become central to our mountain home. The focal point is a woodland tree I placed in a glittery Faux bois vase. Said tree and vase are each over 5 years old. So fun to re-imagine for this winter season! White pine and cedar branches inserted into floral foam tie the vignette together.

Macro view of the old kitchen, now a transitional space at Hidden Valley.

Imagining the Space

Did I mention “transitional space?” When we linked the original 3-bedroom A-frame to a new addition this space took shape. Take a look at the white plaster ceiling. Imagine a kitchen within those dimensions- 10 x 12 feet, with about 9 feet of functional counter space. Oh, and think about regularly cooking dinner for 12 plus! You’re looking now from our original (and current) living room into my amazing new kitchen- honestly, the raison d’etre for the addition. With a gracious dining space unseen in this shot, it provides a generous gathering spot for our growing family.

One of my favorite features in decor magazines is a big entry hall anchored by a center table, adorned with flowers or books. While there is no grand entry in this house, I jumped at the chance to create a place that set the mood for our home. First, I found the Sandberg wallpaper, which was a perfect blend of whimsy and woodland. A rustic mirror and sconces from Currey and Company provide a year-round backdrop for seasonal arrangements. My husband built the console with a slab of live edge oak harvested from fallen tree at our Pittsburgh home. The comfy Gabbeh tree-of-life rug from O’Bannon Oriental Carpets anchors the space and provides a nice spot for dog lounging and baby play.

Creating Magic

Our mountain home renovation was a labor of love. But, the fun of decorating it throughout the year is a bonus. The vignettes change seasonally. It’s a space where I indulge my love of floral design. I hope my grandchildren experience it as a place for wonder, magic and memories.