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Decorating for the holidays with Dovecote Decor

This past week I was excited to have a party here at the house.  My fantastic boss and great friend, Liz Morten was kind enough to help me prepare.  She had told me we would need to forage before we started.  Our goal was to create a mantel that would wow! the crowd.  I had no idea how labor intensive it would be and the gift of time and beauty Liz would give me.

First we started by looking for different plants. We were on the hunt for holly, Magnolia, and so much more…
Liz’s kind neighbor let us take as much magnolia as we needed…
Liz was searching for the perfect foliage for the mantel

I was in the car following and loading all of the branches, leaves, and vines we would find!

Once we had gotten a ton of cuttings we then headed back to our favorite tree stand, Rash’s and got some mixed garland to use as the base.  Liz then started to prepare the living room by putting trash bags down on the floor so we could lay out all of the foliage.

trashbags down

Next Liz got some interesting sticks and she spray painted them gold… forgive me for only having pictures of her painting but I had to pick a child up from school and Liz was done by the time I had gotten back…

Then Liz’s work began…

As you can see Liz began with the mixed garland as the base and then started working in other cuttings
As you can see Liz began with the mixed garland as the base and then started working in other cuttings

There was this great looking leaf that was silver on the backside.  Liz weaved it through out the garland and the effect was striking.  None of the daytime or nighttime pictures do it justice.

Liz meticulously cut each piece before she put it in the garland
Liz meticulously cut each piece before she put it in the garland
Completed Mantal
Completed Mantel
close up
Close Up… there is such a variety 
In this close up shot you can see how Liz weaves in the golden sticks and leaves she had painted
In this close up shot you can see how Liz weaves in the golden sticks and leaves she had painted
Even two days later the mantal looked absolutely amazing.
Even two days later the mantel looked absolutely amazing.

Liz has a saying for flowers that also carries over to the mantels, “no tortured flowers”  nothing is too tight, the branches and leaves are wired onto the garland base but it falls naturally.  It isn’t so structured that the branches look unnatural.  It is simply gorgeous.  Everyone chatted about beauty of the garland at my party.  Liz might have a new side job… creating people’s mantels.  She wasn’t done yet… I’ll have more tomorrow of how she created more amazing arrangements in my dining room.  All I can say is THANK YOU to Liz!!!!

Dashing – xoxxox

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  1. […] you can see from yesterday‘s post, Liz did an amazing job with my mantel.  She wasn’t done yet though… I […]

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