The pear tree is symbolic in Christianity of love of mankind, salvation and immortality. In ancient times the wild pear tree also represented prosperity, happiness and health: an emblem of sustenance, abundance and long life. In this scene the branches of the pear tree bring nature indoors and laden with ornaments, simply wrapped gifts and scented by gingerbread, it’s a joy to behold. This holiday season is an ideal time to usher the natural world inside and transform natural elements into decorations for your home.
A painted console table is decorated with tree branches laden with handmade ornaments, a gingerbread house, glowing tea lights, an orchid and a hyacinth, a lantern and scented candles, setting the scene for a creative approach to utilising natural Christmas decorations in this Swedish home.
Here are the companies that can provide you with products to recreate this look.
This console table is ideal for hallways or dining rooms; it’s a classic design featuring six pilasters and a stepped shape at the top, with three drawers and a low shelf. The Henshaw Triple Console Table is available in a choice of three hand-painted, lightly distressed paint finishes from Holloways. (This console table is currently sold out, to see the rest of Holloways’ console tables, click here)
For hand-embroidered, pure cotton, similar to the curtain dressing the console table pictured, consider this simple and classic bed linen design, hand-embroidered with drawn thread in a diamond motif; the ‘Arlette’ top sheet from Cologne & Cotton; 244 x 274 flat sheet £85, in 400 thread count cotton percale.
Samarkand Design’s range of accessories includes handmade Christmas decorations made by artisans working in the UK and abroad, who weave, dye and handcraft these beautiful ornaments.
Interior designer Birdie Fortescue has curated an outstanding collection of tableware, cushions, art, throws, rugs and antiques for the home. These Glass Deepak Candlesticks are unusual and charming tea light holders with glass shades to bring charm and individuality to the table. (Sold out. See the current collection here)
Real or faux? If you are not green-fingered and prefer to have plants that are enduring, turn to OKA for this faux planted Phalaenopsis Orchid in White (£60).
Since the 15th century, oriental spices were used to make Christmas treats called Lebkuchen in medieval trading cities. Pertzborn, near Bonn, specialises in artisan baked goods, including this traditional Gingerbread House, available from John Lewis (£20).
This pretty aged metal Moroccan Style Lattice Candle Lantern by The Flower Studio is £31.99 from notonthehighstreet.com.
Combining natural Christmas decorations with creativity in this scene contributes to a welcoming entrance to this home. Our senses are engaged; the festive arrangement is delightful to behold, decorated with handmade ornaments, glowing tea lights and scented by candles, flowers and the aroma of gingerbread. A pretty console table is dressed by a curtain with traditional drawn-thread work. Gather the family together, think creatively and discover what can be repurposed and remade, foraged during walks or rescued from the garden for natural Christmas decorations to adorn your home this holiday season.
This is the second of a three-part series. Read last week’s post here. Next week we will be featuring more Christmas decoration ideas for your home.