NEST … with woodland winter decor | by five and one

Since moving into our home three years ago I have really enjoyed incorporating natural objects into the decor at different seasons through the year. Winter is a time when I especially like to display the collected sycamore tree bark and the variated twigs to create a  woodland theme and focus on the natural beauty and details of these objects. This year I decided to pair a woodland arrangement with the paintings by my good friend Erin, which are inspired by the coastlines and sandy beaches of Seaside, Florida. The paintings and the arrangement complement each other well and they bring out the beauty inspired by the natural world.   You can view more of Erin’s work here.

The collection of ornaments for this arrangement include thin laser cut ornaments that I picked up a few years ago at George, a local shop with a highly curated selection of beautiful objects. The glass ornaments with feathers inside are from Black Bamboo, another favorite local shop. These were gifts to my husband and children. One child in particular likes to collect feathers and I love this idea for showcasing his collection.  The woodland glass ornaments with the hand stamped leaf is the DIY I had on the blog last week.  What is also nice about using a woodland theme is that it can be used as decor throughout the winter months.

We spend almost all of our time during the winter months in this room by the fire and it is rarely EVER this clean.  Sorry, I had to pick up the legos and blocks, random socks, and my coffee mug for this shot.  Notice the sycamore bark sculpture on the left side of the fireplace – this is another way that I have incorporated natural objects indoors and this one stays all year long.

The star above is made from the variated sycamore twigs and twine and the bowls are filled with vintage glass ornaments and sycamore bark. I have had the vintage ornaments for awhile now but I always enjoy placing these in bowls along with the bark.

Here are a couple of Etsy shops that are carrying vintage ornaments along with some other fun repurposed items to add to your decor.  Also, search your local antique shops for vintage Christmas decor to add to your collection.

moms antiques

primitive pincushion

happy nesting!

– julie