Flower Magazine

NOV-DEC 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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66 | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 W WHEN I BECAME A PARENT, I COULD SEE ALL THE WONDER, ENCHANTMENT and beauty of Christmas through my children's eyes—and it was even more than I remembered feeling as a child. The magic that fills the Christmas season is something that I enjoy indulging in for much longer than the usual season. With fresh wreaths on the doors, eucalyptus and cedar garlands on the mantels, and twinkling trees in almost every room, my love of Christmas brings holiday cheer throughout my home much as my love of flowers and chandeliers does. The first year that I decided to put up more than one full-size tree was when the kids were still little. I loved our family tree in the living room that twinkled from morning until bedtime—but the minute we left the family room, the rest of the house felt bare. So I started by adding a tree to our bedrooms—I wanted to enjoy those twinkling lights while relaxing or working from bed. And my daughter loved having one of her own. And then down the hall to add a bit of Christmas cheer in those in-between spaces. And I even set up trees outdoors, under the covered patio or by the orchard to add a bit of sparkle and magic. In the little cottage, we have a large nine-foot tree in the living room and LEFT: Allison's office mantel is dressed with eucalyptus and flowers that mingle perfectly with a crisp white Christmas tree covered in vintage- style blush baubles and a pearl garland. OPPOSITE, TOP AND RIGHT: She loves to add greenery all over the house during the holidays. Sprigs of fresh-clipped greens tucked into chande- liers and fresh garland on the banister and dining table add a festive but under - stated touch. OPPOSITE, BOTTOM LEFT: A collection of vintage ornaments TEXT AND PHOTOS FROM FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE BY COURTNEY ALLISON (GIBBS SMITH, 2018), $35, USED WITH PERMISSION

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