Nov 29, 2011

Christmas Decorating: Day 7: Lakes & Oceans...

On the 7th day of our Christmas decorating series,
 a present of 7 Swans a Swimming 
would be a very pretty one.
And a rather wet gift, too, Mrs Glamour~Claus reasons.
So today, the theme is Lakes & Oceans,
which means lots of blue, aqua, white & sand in the colour scheme.

The wreath will be very rustic & simple, 
made from curled branches of water willow, or driftwood.
Embellished with shells, or white coastal flowers,
and a plain blue ribbon.
The Christmas tree has an aquatic feel,
and needs not much more than objects found at the beach.
A starfish, a natural shell, perhaps encrusted with a little glitter.
A tree made from driftwood.
 This vintage Barbie could be the angel on the top of the tree...
Or maybe a starfish could top the tree.
For the Christmas table: a cloth of linen, or burlap or washed cotton.
Plates in pale & navy blue.
Seashells as little vases & beach umbrellas on the sand.
Platters of seafood with fresh salads.  
For dessert, a pavlova of meringue, crafted into a swan, 
filled with vanilla icecream and fresh berries.
Serve guests Choux Swans - a crispy bite of choux pastry, 
filled with chantilly cream. 
The swans can swim about on a lake of chocolate sauce.
Wrap gifts in chains of shells, with soft white tissue paper.
Or make DIY swan gift tags & loop them with aqua blue ribbon 
and brown paper the colour of driftwood.
Anthropologie has an aquatic range of Christmas ornaments this year.
Their pale watery colours are enchanting.
Hang them from a driftwood tree, 
or dangle them in the windows on fishing wire.
Stockings in burlap & linen with sea horses & sea plants 
from Wistaria are trimmed with mother of pearl buttons.
Father Christmas by the seashore, in watery blues,
also from Wistaria.

The coast is a magical place for imaginations,
and the soft beach is perfect for making sand angels. 
 And a frozen lake, as if touched by the ice fairy,
with the dreamy magic of fairytales.
How gorgeous to have a Christmas tree, so green & pert, in the icy water.
The boathouse in NYC with evergreens in the balustrade boxes,
surrounded by frozen water, is perfectly enchanting.
So if you are lucky enough to find yourself 
beside a beach, a river or a lake this Christmas,
on a warm Summer's morning or a white frosted Winter's afternoon,
perhaps the watery blues of Lakes & Oceans may just be the perfect decorating inspiration.

5: the Christmas tree: artwork blue fruit {1/2/3/4/5/6}
9: the Christmas table artwork blue fruit {1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8}
21/22: image by blue fruit, the Boat House in Central Park 23: beach

In case you missed the earlier days, you can catch up here.


  1. Absolutely deveine pictures.  I am having Christmas at the beach this year, I can't wait!  Mimi xx

  2. hereiamloulou29/11/11 8:13 AM

    Miss Virginia

    How are  you?

    Gosh you put so much work into your beautiful posts - you are one clever gal.

    lovely virginia - lovely!

    Have a wonderful day,

    loulou, from hereiamloulou blog


  3. Your blog is purely magical.  I'm taken away now with this beautiful post... I love the rustic wreath and the starfish idea on top of the tree, and the table inspiration is simply divine!  


  4. Mapleandvine29/11/11 4:30 PM

    wow i just love the photos you compiled for the post. so whimsical. i am in australia and it will be a hot christmas so these are some great ideas for a beachy theme :) 

  5. Georgica Pond29/11/11 6:02 PM

    I'm so over renovating and everything to do with houses at this point, and am so utterly exhausted and stressed that I just want to sit and look at pretty pictures like these. Thank you for providing such a soothing and pretty montage to make me forget my woes!

  6. Gtvinteriors29/11/11 6:47 PM

    A lovely post. I'm really looking forward to Christmas now. Thank you. x

  7. robinsonheather29/11/11 7:15 PM

    Whaa? Vintage Barbie in a rutched leopard one piece and she even has red hair and blue eyes?!? It is me in a previous life! :) Heehee.

    I am also digging the hippy Santa but especially the photos of Central Park--sigh. NYC at the holidays...nothing better.


  8. Hi Mimi. Oh, how gorgeous! One of the very nicest spots to be on Christmas day, I reckon. V xo

  9. Hiyah Loulou. Thank you - that is very kind. I'm terrific, but flat out as tends to happen at this time of year - my goodness - why does everything happen in such a rush at the end of the year? One child finishing school, another finishing primary school. Major milestones. Projects in hyper-drive!  But I love being busy. Hope you are terrific too. V xo

  10. hello Rachel. Wow, thank you for such incredible words! V xo

  11. Oh yes, hot indeed - well, if we are lucky. Melbourne being such an unpredictable sort of a place. But a walk on the beach on Christmas Day, at the very least, is a magical idea, so I hope you get to enjoy the Aussie sunshine on the day. V xo

  12. Oh Mel I am delighted to be of assistance! Completely, utterly understand where you are coming from. V xo 

  13. Oh goody! Glad this got you in the Christmas spirit! V xo

  14. She's a bit gorgeous, isn't she? How thrilling that they modeled her after you - take full credit for being a muse I say! Yep, NYC gets into the Christmas notion more than anywhere else on the planet, I reckon. So infectious. It's all I can do to stop my husband booking tickets to go back there again next week for our wedding anniversary...but I want to save up for coming to see you next year, so we shall just wistfully dream for now instead. V xo


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