Style at Home: Walkin’ in a woodland winterland

Katie Laughridge, Tribune News Service on

Published in Lifestyles

When I think of Christmas, a few things pop instantly into my mind. Classic red and green, sitting inside by the fire with my nearest and dearest, positioning the nativity scene just so, sleigh bells jingling. However, as I was looking at all our holiday goodies, I realized I wanted to do something a bit different that reflects the changes this year has brought for me. Like many families, we’re spending even more time outside, and this has given me a newfound appreciation for the beauty of nature and the simplistic joy and wonder it brings. The visuals team and I already had our sights set on a nature-inspired look, but with my growing appreciation for the great outdoors, I thought a woodland-inspired theme was just right.

This woodland wonderland is filled with a multitude of organic textures from fur to carved wood and soft, supple leather. I love how the hard and soft mix to create a display that makes you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a hidden forest. We used a variety of pine cones that range from natural to glitter-dusted for a bit of sparkle and glamour. A touch of glitter makes me think of the day’s last sun rays kissing the snow at dusk.

The color palette for this look is neutral and simple with a variety of brown, sage and white making up the bulk of the display. However, we used pillows and some whimsical red cardinal ornaments to bring a pop of surprise. I like to think the little birdies are here to keep the plush squirrels and owls company. The mixture of the ornament hues and textures creates a beautiful design that is a touch rustic and full of winter magic.


This is a look that has the unique ability to last through the winter season without being too Christmas-focused. Since our reindeer aren’t Rudolph and there is neither an elf nor Santa in sight, this display can take you into the post-holiday season without a hassle.

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