Thursday, November 20, 2008

Colonial Williamsburg Inspiration

I grew up in the Western United States and since living on the East Coast, I've noticed some major differences. Well, of course there's the humidity, the usually fair Autumn weather, the southern accents and the confederate fanatics. But there's also a bit of a difference in Holiday decoration.

Last Thanksgiving weekend, I visited Colonial Williamsburg and was so enamored with the Christmas decorations on every single window and door. Fresh apples, citrus fruits, greenery and ribbons made up the most beautiful wreaths and hangings. I was so inspired that I purchased a book over the summer, "Christmas Decorations from Williamsburg". It's chock full of gorgeous photos, instructions for probably a hundred decorative items, and recipes. It's so much fun to look through!

Since I'm just getting in the Christmas mood, I wanted to share some of these fun holiday decorations with you. Maybe I think they're so attractive because they remind me of the simpler times when Christmas wasn't a commercial holiday.

This style isn't unique to Williamsburg, but has spread throughout the state as well. I just got back from a day of making Boxwood wreaths for a nearby Country Club. It was such a fun time! And last night I was with a women's group and we put together centerpieces for our holiday tables with fresh greens. My dear adopted mother here is an expert florist!

What holiday decorations inspire you as you create?



Hey Jenni,

Love these places! Thanks for showing us!

~ Gabriela ~

Saucy said...

I am also mostly inspired by old Americana style decor for the holidays. So simple and classic!

Our annual December trip to Chicago does wonders for me... the city is drenched in holiday goodness and I come home bursting with ideas!

Donna O. said...

I barely got Halloween up AND down. Pressures one!!!
LOVE your Marie creation below.

Betzie said...

Hi Jenni!
I went to Williamsburg for my honeymoon and it's one of my very favorite places ever! I'm so glad you got to go, it's unique and I always feel like I'm taken back in time there. I love the simplicity of their Christmas decorating as well. Happy Thanksgiving and happy decorating!

Mermaid Queen said...

Hi Jenni,
I love this style of decorating too. All the fruits in the wreaths are so homey. Thanks for the beautiful photos, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Take care,

tamy@simplymein said...

I am GaGa for all these Garlands!!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!!

Gail said...

Wow…. Your home is just ready for Christmas. I too have got some beautiful wall decorations through for my home.

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