As seen in our previous post on name cards, we helped style a Scandinavian Christmas story featured in the November/December 2015 issue of Inspired Living Omaha. Our heritage concept was a collective reference to both the Swedish and Norwegian Christmas traditions of our grandparents and great-grandparents. What’s old is new again; and the simplicity and scale of these often straightforward decorations feels fresh and modern.
And “simple” is never uncomplicated—it takes a keen eye and deft hand to balance a clean tableau. We collaborated with Dan Hammond, one of the most talented floral designers in Omaha. Together we created our festive drinking station defined by wreaths of olive, boxwood, rosemary, and pine. The red grosgrain ribbon, hung from the crown moulding, unites the four elements. We strived for simple imperfections in the shapes which makes the entire bar station feel more familial and casual—yet decisively elegant. This design is the “essence” of the holidays while avoiding the trope of over-the-top Christmas décor that we often witness. Boughs of greenery with pomegranates is enough for us. Less is indeed more!
As this photo by Dan Johnson illustrates, casual rules the holiday with self-serve Glögg, Champagne, and vodka. And perhaps a nibble on a handful of bar nuts and a cookie (or three). Skål!