Two Gorgeous Holiday Garlands (One is Mine) 2018

Photo and photography training this day by Ted Kalrsalr with Omnilargess Photography Classes

Every year on November 1, my two nephews William and Markus (My sister Elizabeth’s boys) pull out the Christmas decorations, they can’t wait to start decorating!

Elizabeth says it takes her about a week, but then she too, totally gets into the Christmas spirit.

Amy Grant’s Christmas albums are playing and gingerbread houses are being built.

She says, she always feels a little sad when December 1 arrives, because now she starts counting the days when Christmas will be over. It’s like the weeks leading up to December are free.

So this year, I decided to get a fake tree so I could do the same, since I love it too!

Then, when I was still on one of my trips leading my colour workshops, Elizabeth found one at Costco and sent me a photo:

“What do you think?” she texted, “it’s only $300”.

“That’s pretty, buy me one too”, I said.

So then I came home and decorated my fake green tree.

But I missed the look of my flocked trees, which I discovered in 2015 and then repeated the look in 2016 and 2017.

We rarely get snow and I love how it looks with all my colourful ornaments.

Then I felt a little deflated, and decided I would skip a holiday post on the blog this year.

Until I clicked on a blog post written by one of my fabulous and talented True Colour Experts and designers Erika Ward from Erika Ward Interiors in Atlanta, and I saw this garland and gasped it was so pretty:

Image via Erika Ward Interiors

Since I’m not in the South, we obviously don’t have an abundance of magnolia leaves so I couldn’t copy this look, but I loved the unusual, asymmetrical way the garland was arranged, so I did the same thing:

It’s so fun to look at something different than the usual way I hang the garland.

The tree you just saw is in the family room, and it isn’t much different from previous years which is why I wasn’t going to write a holiday post until I was inspired by this garland. See my trees previous years in the links at the bottom of the blog.

Love my acrylic reindeer I’ve had for years!

And here’s a view of the entire room.

Still love my flower art, painted by James Wiens, see that post here.

And here’s a few photos of how looks at night;

I have two up-lights sitting behind my sofa, I love the glow they create in the evening.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Next year, I’m going to buy a fake flocked tree and I’d love your recommendations!

PS. My Spring Specify Colour with Confidence dates are up!

We will be in Palm Springs this year for January and February so we’ve decided to hold a course there in February right before Modernism week, so if you’ve never been, this is the time!

Palm Springs (Indian Wells) February 11 – 13, 2019

Toronto (Mississauga) April 1 – 3, 2019

Atlanta – April 10 – 13, 2019

Houston – May 8 – 10, 2019

New Jersey – May 14 – 16, 2019

We haven’t found the last 3 locations so if anyone has any leads on meeting rooms that can accommodate 30 people in half rounds with NATURAL LIGHT (windows are critical) please email us here.

Related posts:

Christmas Tour of my House 2015; Flocked or Green?

Holiday Tour of my Home 2016

Holiday Tour of my House 2017 (See my Colour Chip Ornaments)



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  1. Maria – both of these wreaths are beautifully decorated and styled. I myself have an asymmetrical wreath (from Grandinroad) over my fireplace mantle and was looking for something similar to replace it for next year. I run my gas fireplace and it is hard on the wreath. These wreathes give me the idea to go with a more traditional wreath, but with different styling.

    Flocked trees are also my favorite. I have one from McDonald’s Tree Farm and Nursery here in the states that has held up very well over the years (minus the lights going out) and I use minimal decorations because I find the tree to be a statement piece in itself. I also took your trick of wrapping empty boxes some years ago and have beautifully wrapped packages underneath it. Thanks for inspiring creativity and good luck with your tree search. There are lots of flocked options online.

  2. I love it all, especially how it looks with the warm glow of the fire. I always wish I had a fireplace when I see images like these. The garland is so wonderfully positioned. I almost bought a fake one not too long ago. I need a place to put decorations so my pup can’t reach them! I do have a short bookshelf that could act as a mantle, so maybe I can do that! Thank you for the lovely tour.

  3. Have to comment on how involved your nephews are with décor! Sometimes in the USA boys are discouraged from this pursuit…..stupidly.

  4. I love the frames you are wearing with the black dress! Could you please share with me the maker and/or brand? Thanks so much for your help.


  5. That is stunning!! I wanted to ask….how long is your garland?
    Your room is gorgeous. You’re going to be hearing from me shortly…..putting in a new master bath and am overwhelmed with choices!!! Happy Holidays!

  6. Love your shoes, adorable. I am from Maine & love the scent of our pines. We are so lucky to live in the Pine Tree State!

  7. Love every thing about that space even when not decorated for holiday, but now that it is….next level! Just gorgeous and so fresh.
    And BTW your shoes are killer!
    Curious, how long did it take to decorate the fireplace garland, and now that you have, will you pack it away as is or need to dismantle it all?
    Happy Holidays Maria

    • Hi Mary,
      It was already covered with ornaments from last year, so yes I carefully put it into a box so I don’t have to install every single ornament! Thanks for your comment! Maria