Wildcrafted Holiday Decorating Inspiration by Lauren Wilson of Timberlost Designs December 07 2017

 

 

One of the reasons I love to call Canada home is because of the changing seasons. As a florist, I am constantly foraging and inspired by our natural landscape. This holiday, as our focus turns evergreen, I urge you to skip the big red ribbon and plastic ornaments and delve into all things natural.

This year I decorated my tree with dried flowers, including lavender and wheat and made ornaments out of walnuts and dried figs. Treat your tree like an arrangement and fasten boughs to boughs, twigs and berries to branches and use floral bouquets as the star.



As an added element, natural beeswax candles, especially the tapered variety always add extra warmth to any tablescape. Fruits such as pomegranates and plums always look incredible on tables as runners especially when paired with linen napkins. Place a sprig of pine or cedar on each place setting as a finishing touch.

This season, put on some warm boots and go for a nature walk with a pair of clippers in your pocket.  Fill a sack with your foraged materials and let your creativity run wild with the fresh scent of Ontario filling your home.

Keep an eye out for:

- Balsam fir
- Red spruce, black spruce, 
- Red pine, white pine 
- Yellow cedar, white cedar
- Common juniper 
- Eastern hemlock
- Sumach
- Cat tails
- Pampas grass
- Dogwood 
- Rosehip
- Pinecones 
- Birch branches 
Just a small sample of what is available at our fingertips!

 

Lauren Alexandra Wilson is a Toronto-based floral designer, working principally through the brands Timberlost and Wild Altar 

Her work is focused on exploring parallels and mimicry of natural landscapes, and seeks to renew the intricate authenticity of nature in the constructed medium.

 


Timberlostdesigns.com
Instagram: @Timberlost

Photos by Kayla Rocca, Laura Rowe and Inna Yasinka

 

 


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