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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Holiday Outdoor Decor

img_0771Over the weekend, our home got its outdoor holiday update.

Always a variation on a theme of greens, magnolia and red berries….this year’s holiday decor is simple and classic, but with 4 miniature lit trees, definitely a festive look. I love the sound of “jingle bells”, so hanging our sleigh bells on the front door is a mark that the holidays and guests have arrived. The red laquer wreath is from the Magnolia Wreath Company. They have so many gorgeous colors, so if the typical red isn’t your thing…you are sure to find one you love.

This doesn’t happen without the help of a little team of garden elves…so my thanks to the team at Gardens for creating a little holiday wonderland.img_0773img_0775 img_0779 img_0780 img_0781First impressions begin at the curb, so dress up your home from the outside in!

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Holiday Decor – Outdoor

IMG_7793December is here and so, too, is my holiday decor (at least on the outside), thanks to Cindy Mills and her team at Gardens.  I love a change of seasons and Christmas is one of the best! Each year is a variation on a theme of bright red berries, lit miniature trees and magnolia. This year, instead of an elaborate garland over the door, a simple evergreen was the choice. Some years we go all out, but this year we decided to simplify a little. I think it’s still as impactful…which is a lesson in and of itself.

The red lacquered wreath, from the Magnolia Company, is back again this year, as well as my sleigh bells on the door. Some things I just don’t tire of.IMG_7795

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Do you have a traditional way to dress your home? A favorite wreath? I’d love to know!

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