To fend off winter dreariness, a handmade checkerboard tabletop is used as the focal point for this fun winter arrangement. Old and new metal, woven mats, old wood and winter wheat add loads of texture.
Think outside the box for winter wedding florals, says planner Liz Singleton, of Events by Elizabeth Palmer. "Winter doesn't automatically mean silver, red and white. Creams and pinks with the lambs ear made the arrangement perfect for winter, giving it quite a bit of texture along with a more soft and romantic look. Gold is a fun metallic to pair with winter arrangements because typically, people think silver equals snow. Gold, however, helps create warmth with the candlelight and again, enhances the romantic undertones.” This lantern arrangement uses pink and ivory roses, blush peonies and Dusty miller. Florist: Flowers by Zoie.
A flock of tiny owls nestled on a mantel brings a whimsical woodsy element and texture to a winter landscape above the fireplace. You even could leave up some of your greenery and berries for this post-holiday look assembled by Atlanta designer Ann Wisniewski.
With their thick, fleshy leaves, succulents give a more modern edge to decorating for winter. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs upcycled old cable-knit sweaters to make cute, versatile container covers that balance that modern feel with a cozy warmth needed to get through a long winter indoors. This foursome could be a coffee table vignette, or you could make more to run down a dining table, interspersed with pinecones and dried pomegranates.
Spread out over 30 acres is Colorado’s longest-running corn maze at Anderson Farms in Erie, Colorado. First launched in 1999, the annual fall attraction changes its theme every year and offers special events like zombie paintball and nighttime rambles through the haunted maze during Halloween season.
With a picturesque backdrop, little is required to create a party setting. Many parks or outdoor venues provide picnic tables and long benches or chairs. To add glamorous touches to your picnic, cover the table with a colorful fabric like this suzani print and layer it with a solid white tablecloth. A Moroccan wedding blanket or cozy throw on each bench creates a warm, comfortable place for guests to dine.
Pinecones and dried pomegranates can help decor last well beyond the holidays. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs used glass cylinders to hold small succulents, by using a filler and then inserting a smaller pot with the succulent so it would peek over the top. She covered the cylinders with pieces of sweaters.
After the holiday plates, platters and placemats are stored away, add a new element of greenery through fresh flowers and topiaries. The lemon cypress topiaries and Star of Bethlehem in urns provide a touch of green, whether on a table or on a mantle, says Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs, a floral and event studio in Aiken, S.C.
With their vows exchanged, cake cut and dancing done for the evening, the bride and groom are ready to leave via their sparkler exit. Friends and family gather to create a tunnel for the happy couple to pass under.
Thomas Edison's winter home in Fort Myers, Fla., inspired design features of this coastal home such as a metal roof, raised foundation and expansive porches. The overall style mimics that of 1920s Florida architecture.