For me, as for many of us, Christmas decorating is steeped in tradition. The treasured hand-me-down and collected-over-the-years ornaments that are lovingly hung on the tree just as they have always been, the stockings at the fireplace, the wreaths on the door, and the garlands up the stairwell are all part of a cherished ritual of the season.
But then Instagram came into my life, a beast that had an insatiable need (actually, more like a demand) for constant content — pictures, images, snapshots, whatever they may be called. I actually relished this opportunity to stretch my imagination. And within a seeemingly short period, I had 35K “Followers” all over the world (to my utter surprise). A good reason to break out of my mold and reconsider Parterre’s decorations for this holiday!
My recent post illustrated an example of these in our library, which focused on a rustic theme. So, I wondered, why not carry this theme into the solarium where the Parterre Bench reigns supreme in the winter? The solarium also serves as a de facto greenhouse, so it’s a cool-ish space. This “Brrr” factor prompted the use of a look I never tire of — leopard and fur (faux). Soon, a tongue-in-cheek version of an Austrian schloss had been created, all set for snuggling up and sipping and supping. Who knows, maybe snow is just around the corner, too.
The Parterre Bench, a member of the family and at home anywhere — not just the garden.