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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Winter Sunspace Plant Shelves

Saturday, December 27, 2014

While Christmas Day may be officially over, 
Christmas lingers for weeks at my house, 
especially this year with all the 
natural mostly unadorned greenery 
that will transition from 
Christmas to Winter 
quite easily.  

With just a bird, a nest, a little bit of green ribbon, 
ivy plants, a fresh boxwood wreath and a fabric snowdrop, 
the breakfast sunspace plant shelves 
can stay the same for weeks into Winter. 

The wreath has a Christmas look, 
but without glitz or bright spots of red 
that signal Christmas decorations,  
it also looks like Winter. 
Snowdrops are among the first bulbs 
to emerge and to bloom even amidst snows of Winter. 

Bright sunlight from the sunspace windows floods this corner of the kitchen. 
A live ivy wreath on the top shelf of the white garden shelves 
flourishes during Winter as it basks in the bright light. 

During the days leading up to Christmas, 
a vase filled with cut greenery added to 
Christmas decorations. 

Fresh cedar and magnolia branches sat on the floor 
between the two garden plant shelves, 
filling the room with Christmas aromas. 

Frasier fir clippings in a rustic basket on the extra seating, 
a white French ladderback chair, added to the holiday look. 

Nestled in the basket is a bird's nest found in the yard. 

One small holly branch is a subtle reminder of Christmas. 

Yet, nothing about a bird's nest makes it an 
exclusively Christmas decoration. 
Winter is the time to find abandoned nests 
that are not sheltering hatching eggs. 

TIP:  Mist a found bird's nest with alcohol-infused water 
to kill small mites that may reside in the nest. 
Remember to wash all fresh greenery from your yard 
with soapy water, then rinse, before using indoors. 

No trees/shrubs in which to look for a bird's nest? 
No problem.  

Use a handcrafted replica like the one on the boxwood wreath. 

Small 4-inch ivy pots add natural greenery on either side of the nest. 

The small real ivy wreath on the second shelf reminds us of Christmas, 
but the field glasses, purple twine/scissors, and Nest sign 
remind of us gardening plans/activities for Winter. 

A gray concrete dove with moss and a small ivy plant 
sits inside a galvanized crown on the bottom shelf of the plant stand. 

Greenery and birds' nests provide just the boost needed 
to see us through the cold Winter months. 

See Create Botanical Birds' Nests for easy directions on 
how to make your own bird's nest. 

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  1. Bonjour Judith! all I can say as I scroll down your sunlit home with so many comforting images of French beauty. I have been trying to take photos of my home but we have had NO SUN for three weeks now. One of the elements I find necessary to capture even a WINTER French mise en scène is SUNLIGHT! Your greenery is gorgeous and knows no bounds such as Christmas décor. This is truly an all-winter scene and you captured my heart.

    HAVE FUN and I look forward to some sun so I can share my home!

  2. All your greenery and nature inspired décor is just beautiful, Judith! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  3. I love the idea of a winter wreath and also the basket of greenery. Beautiful!

  4. Hello Judith, thank you for your tips decorations !!! a beautiful weekend wishes angie from Germany

  5. Judith,
    I love your choice of adding all the beautiful greenery that can be enjoyed long after Christmas. Your home looks inviting and warm, your kitchen is a French inspired delight.

  6. Judith, your sunny room is wonderful. It's gray and misty here this morning. No sun in sight!
    I gave rosemary double ball topiaries as gifts this holiday, and now regret that I didn't add my own name to my list. I think I'll go in search of a rosemary topiary for inside our home. The fragrance is wonderful!
    Enjoy the weekend, my friend.

  7. Everything looks lovely - I am in love with that ladder!

  8. Judith!
    You play winter so beautifully at your house!
    Heaven and nature sing with the most harmonious blue notes!
    Wishing you and your family the sweetest of the Season's blessings!

  9. Love all the little peeks into your beautiful home, Judith. And I adore your floral arrangements, bringing nature indoors.

  10. Very beautiful! Love that you have extended Christmas! I hate to see it end and cling to the greenery as long as possible!

  11. Oh so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...


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