Magnolia – Weston Farms

bluejayurnThere is one green that is my “go to” during the holidays….and that’s magnolia. It certainly holds a certain Southern charm for me and I love its hearty, sturdy, green/brown leaves. It’s perfect on a mantle, along a sideboard, tucked into bookshelves or stuffed into a champagne bucket. And, it lasts!

No one is growing it more beautifully than Erin Weston of Weston Farms in Raleigh, North Carolina. 14 years ago, Erin left a publishing career in NYC to try her hand at farming in her native state. It was a smart bet, as she now grows more than 10,000 trees and is turning those magnolias into stunning garlands, lush arrangements and statement wreaths that are heralded by Traditional Home, Southern Living, Garden and Gun, interior designers and event planners across the country.

Lucky for you…she ships! And, even luckier, her arrangements make a luxurious, impactful, thoughtful gift for those folks on your list that you just haven’t gotten to yet. Perhaps you’re struggling with what to get them. I know I’d be thrilled to open a box of Erin’s designs. Her magnolia will dry and age and be able to be used again and again, so it’s really a value compared to what you would pay for an arrangement or poinsettia that just won’t last.

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Sometimes the prettiest things are the simplest. Simply beautiful, like these magnolias by Weston Farms. Time to dress up your mantle!

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Tips for Bringing Nature Into Your Holidays

_K1A3036-webBeginning this week until the end of the year, we will be embellishing, decorating and dressing up our homes for the holidays. One of the simplest, most economical and beautiful ways to do this is by bringing nature into the picture.

Magnolia leaves in a beautiful silver loving cup makes a beautiful centerpiece or mantel decor.Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 9.34.46 PMLayer magnolia leaves, fresh greens with lemons, oranges and pears for a stunning mantle or down the center of a long table.Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 9.37.05 PMIf you have statuary inside or outside, do as White House floral designer, Emily Thompson, does and drape them with greens and ribbon.untitled-2-e1387045410433Create orange pomanders with cloves and spices and layer them with pinecones and greens. I’m going to do this project with my sons this week. Here is the step-by-step by Simple Bites! Perfect for this week into the coming month.

This year, I’m going to let nature take center stage….there’s something so simple about this that translates to comfort and joy!

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images: Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Veranda, Simple Bites

Merry Magnolia

Merry Magnolia!!! I can’t believe it’s already time to decorate for the holidays. I actually still have pumpkins outside (I know, I know), but am dreaming of masses of magnolia that will hopefully be up by this weekend. 

This is what our house looked like last Christmas. Each year is a variation on a theme, but we have to have magnolia leaves. A new addition was our red lacquered wreath, which we’ll be bringing out again this year.

I’m incorporating magnolia leaves inside the house, too…and will share some of those photos on Instagram today, so please follow me if you don’t already @prettypink2lips!

Here are some examples that show how versatile this hearty Southern branch can be.

What’s your signature, must have decorative element for the holidays?! Make it merry!!

images: ppt, pottery barn, veranda, bhg