One of the most romantic things about the holidays is the all pervasive longing for beauty and creativity. We see it everywhere: in stores, magazines, on TV shows, Pinterest, Facebook and catalogs. They all serve as sources of inspiration. But if the truth be told, they are also a source of guilt or longing and a feeling that these things could never be mine. First of all, Beauty–specifically in the home–rarely just happens. These wonderful sources of creativity are usually produced by a staff of designers and helpers that get the job done. We must be intentional when it comes to beauty in the home, and never despair, because beauty is ours to create with whatever we have, and whatever time we have.
Decorative beauty is rarely original, and my inspiration this year comes from episodes of Nigella Lawson’s Christmas specials and years of pouring over Martha Stewart Living magazines and holiday books. So I took all those ideas, and decided to create a table setting based on my finds from local thrift stores and things found in the woods.
I also wanted to give a plug for one of the cheapest and most beautiful things at this time of the year, and that is candlelight. I am so grateful for electricity, but candlelight just says enchantment. Also candlelight hides a multitude of flaws, and every one looks so much lovelier by candlelight. In one Of Nigella Lawson’s Christmas episodes, she spoke of a grotto theme around her house for Christmas. It was so beautiful, I thought what a brilliant idea! We all want that feeling of being cozy this time of the year, closed in and surrounded by twinkling light.