• Decorating with Winter Berries

    by  • January 2, 2012 • Design, How to, Projects, Winter • 13 Comments

    Decorating with natural elements for a fresh New Year!

    After the holidays, I like to decorate my house in a fresh new way sometimes.  I bring out my favorite cobalt blue and aqua glass combination and if it’s snowy and cold, I lay the furry sheepskin over the back of the couch. This year I’m using the insulators that I found last spring at a yard sale and mixing them with a new color,.. red!

    Bowl of berries
    These Pyracantha coccinea or Firethorn berries are a bright spot on the steep bank to the south of the house.  Why not bring some inside, I thought? I put on gloves and gathered a few sprigs along with some cedar and a bit of blue to match the Rainbow bowl used as a low vase. I also spotted some myrtle berries I could try.

    The painting here was done by my grandmother. It goes, doesn’t it?

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    Create a cool centerpiece
    Down the center of the redwood table over a plaid blanket, I placed an old barn board to hold the insulators, each with a small light inside from a string of battery powered lights not used last month. Mixed with cedar branches and the berries pleases me next to the lit aqua glass.

    Cobalt and myrtle
    The myrtle berries fill a cobalt blue vase of my Grandmother’s, perfect for a small corner somewhere.  The myrtle, M. communis ‘Compacta’ is evergreen here and just now big enough to produce berries for the first time.

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    Brighten up a window Then I spied my large glass canister which had held terrarium plants until recently. Filled with the berries displayed like fine specimens, it will jazz up the windowsill this month.

    Here are more berries that could be used:
    Christmas berry or Toyon
    Nandina
    Holly
    Redberry
    Rose hips
    Madrone
    Snowberry
    Cotoneaster

    It is said that every room should have a bit of red in it and I agree!

    About

    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    13 Responses to Decorating with Winter Berries

    1. January 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Sue,
      I love your insulator and berry centerpiece! What fun to put some lights in them. My Grandma painted too, Her paintings were very similar. I love that your decorating combines the holidays with your garden and your Grandma’s stuff. All the best things!

    2. January 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Sue,
      I love your insulator and berry centerpiece! What fun to put some lights in them. My Grandma painted too, Her paintings were very similar. I love that your decorating combines the holidays with your garden and your Grandma’s stuff. All the best things!

    3. Ann Conetta Miller
      January 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

      I wish I had some berries to decorate with. Love the look!!!!

      • January 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Hi Katie, thanks! It’s nice having real paintings to decorate with at home. Grandma painted so many nice ones that we kids never had to resort to posters for our first apartemnts.

        Thanks, Ann, plants with berries for the birds are well worth looking for!

        Thank you, Little Red Riding Hood, somehow I do enjoy changing tablecloths and centerpieces often. I’m not sure how long the greens will last, but I would do this for a party, too,…so festive. Love your name!

        Thanks, Clare,…I was hoping this color scheme wouldn’t look too much like ‘holiday’ still, but the aqua I love! I’ll have to try them with cobalt vases sometime.

    4. Little Red Riding Hood
      January 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

      This is a great idea! I enjoy seeing your creative posts every day! :o)

    5. January 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      What a lovely reuse of the insulators, they look beautiful, especially with the berries, and you’d never guess that’s what they were once.

    6. Jeanne Sammons
      January 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Ohhhh…I love everything you’ve done with bringing in the ‘outdoors!’ Berries are beautiful & love the display in front of your gr’ma’s painting! Looks very ‘Wintery’ even if you (nor I) have our normal ‘snow!’

    7. Jeanne Sammons
      January 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Ohhhh…I love everything you’ve done with bringing in the ‘outdoors!’ Berries are beautiful & love the display in front of your gr’ma’s painting! Looks very ‘Wintery’ even if you (nor I) have our normal ‘snow!’

    8. Nell Howard Stelzer
      January 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      I love each vignette you created ! Your Grandma’s painting is gorgeous and so is the vase. I enjoy seeing your creations for your home !

    9. Nell Howard Stelzer
      January 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      I love each vignette you created ! Your Grandma’s painting is gorgeous and so is the vase. I enjoy seeing your creations for your home !

    10. January 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks, Jeanne, and I’m grateful for *your* idea for lighting up the insulators. Inspiring, for sure! The colors matching the painting was serendipity.

      Nell, thanks so much! The bowl I used as a vase in the picture is early California pottery, Meyers Rainbow line. I love it!

    11. January 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks, Jeanne, and I’m grateful for *your* idea for lighting up the insulators. Inspiring, for sure! The colors matching the painting was serendipity.

      Nell, thanks so much! The bowl I used as a vase in the picture is early California pottery, Meyers Rainbow line. I love it!

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