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.

It’s all about that vase.


One of my favorite parts of gardening is pairing plants and containers to create artsy compositions on my deck and at my front door.  I choose flowers and foliage that complement the color or design of the pot, enhancing both. The same concept relates to cut flowers. I have a cupboard filled with vases- or vessels- as a good buddy refers to them. I fill them with flowers from my garden, the grocery store, or florist and try to always have fresh-cut flowers indoors.

Always the “flower snob”, a dear friend brought flowers from a great Pittsburgh florist after I had knee surgery.  The bouquet was filled with cool colors- from the enormous blue hydrangeas to hot pink roses. On the color wheel these pinks, blues and purples lie side-by-side, or are “analogous”.  Adding more interest was the contrasting mix of floral forms, from large spheres to the spikes of blue veronica and larkspur. While it looked really nice in the simple glass container, I pulled the entire arrangement out of the vase and plunked it into a blue transferware pitcher. This pitcher complements most anything from lilacs to sunflowers, but it perfectly echoed the lovely arrangement and made it distinctly mine!