Hmm this puts you right in the mood doesn’t it. Snow and an old castle.
Well actually the weather was gorgeous and sunny and not cold at all, and the castle was shining in the sunshine.
But still, such a dreamy castle really ads to the atmosphere doesn’t it.
This particular castle is still in private hands so of limits to visitors. But the old Orangery next to it, is now a tree nursery where we bought our apple and pear tree this year. And they hosted the winter fair.
Well as I said the line between a winter fair and a Christmas fair (which they will host next month) is thin. So there were lots of Christmas decoration to be seen.
Let me show you some of the trends that are ‘hot’ over here right now.
First there is of course the ‘golden’ oldie: lot’s of bling bling.
This stall was completely decked out in silver and gray. All that punched silver reminded me of my own homemade tree decoration from last year.
Do you think that’s where they got the idea?
One of the things that caught my eye in particular was a wreath:
I liked that wool in combination with the silver. Although the shininess and fakeness of these particular decorations was a bit much for me.
I guess the next stall was more up my alley:
Grey and red. I thought it was a nice variation on the more traditional red and white. Lot’s of craftiness going on here, with fabric ornaments and felt containers. I really loved those big bins with the numbers on them.
This particular stall combined rustic, vintage, with natural and industrial elements. I loved a lot of it! I loved the prices a bit less.
I started to learn how to sew my own clothes in high school. Ever since I have had a very hard time paying full price for badly made clothes that I could ‘whip up in an afternoon’. Sewing has spoiled me from clothes shopping.
I am afraid this DIY blog thing has spoiled me from knickknack shopping too. Especially when you see boutique prices on stuff that you know you could ‘whip up in an afternoon’.
Except I just don’t have enough afternoons….
Ok anyway let’s move on, and see what the main building has to offer.
Not only because of the kiwi’s ripe for the picking (which as I’m told does not mean that they are ripe for the eating), this old building, the former Orangery, oozes charm. Inside the nurseries own collection is shown.
Those ceiling racks were hanging straight through the whole building with different decorations hanging from them in different rooms. I liked the look of these ribbon streamers, they added oodles of festive ambiance.
As I said I wasn’t really tempted to buy anything, until I saw these:
These little red numbered hearts stole my heart. But again, if I had an afternoon….. or two….
Ok and one more for the road. More bling, bling, but this time a little bit more with a vintage, cottage vibe…
o conclusion if you want to be hip and trendy with your Christmas decorations over here, you either go for lots of glitter and glamour, preferably in silver and gray, or you go the other direction with natural more rustic elements in gray with a splash of red for contrast.
I really did not see any gold, any multicolored things, not even last years purple.
And even though I came home empty handed, my head and heart were filled with ideas and inspiration.
If only I had an afternoon….. or two…….
So what are the trends in your neck of the woods? Is this a universal Christmas fashion trend or are you spotting different themes and colors?
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