November 20, 2009
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
1 Carolyne Roehm filled a pair of Franch transferware pedestal bowls with rose hips, berries, wild grapes, and chestnuts. It certainly makes for a robust arrangement. I love that she made a pair of arrangements and used them to flank a hurricane votive.
2 The mixture of dahlias and roses in bright oranges and reds is perfect for fall and winter arrangements. I love the clash between the warm hues of the flowers and the blue and white china. Definitely a showstopper and perfect for an entry hall sideboard.
3 The golden glass of this pedestal looks gorgeous in the sunlight and works well with the fuchsia goblets in the background. Filled with pears and chinaberries, it is a stunning centerpiece for Thanksgiving - made even better by the fact that it is half-edible (do not eat the chinaberries!)
4 A trio of arrangements made from clusters of yellow mums looks stunning and fresh in cobalt blue Venetian glass. I really like these arrangements because of the unusual color combo and the fact that you don't need to spend a lot of money. These three arrangements are very affordable and will last a very long time.
5 We lose a lot of greenery during the fall and winter, when the leaves begin to turn. It's refreshing to find a bright green display such as this one, which includes bowls filled with Granny Smith apples, and a wild arrangement of immature persimmons with magnolia leaves and peppercorn branches. This arrangement would like especially nice on a front porch.
6 Roehm used this arrangement to decorate her own Thanksgiving table. She used iron pedestal vases to fill with lemon leaves, eucalyptus berries, olive-shaped hypericum berries and roses. The combination of textures is particularly appealing.
While I won't be hosting Thanksgiving this November (my apartment is not exactly holiday-ready), I am certainly going to get in the festive mood by decorating with fall and winter flower arrangements. One of my all-time favorite designers/authors is Carolyne Roehm. In searching for inspiration for Thanksgiving arrangements, I scanned my color-coordinated bookshelf until I came upon her "Fall Notebook," which is a comprehensive look at some of the best flowers and plant material to bring indoors during the Fall and Winter months (the spine of the book is brown, by the way). I also love her decorating tips for setting the dinner table, as well as the delicious seasonal recipes she provides. This is a book that every one of you should reference during the upcoming holiday season. Her entire collection of books would make a fantastic and endlessly inspiring Christmas gift, as well.
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