Decorating for Winter

January 2016 Chapel 001

After taking down the Christmas greens in Old Towne Grove Chapel, the space needed a bit of warmth to carry it through the winter.  We opted for a “winter woodland” look.  The recent ice storm provided birch logs and plenty of dark birth twigs for natural decorations.

January 2016 Chapel 002

I anchored the altar arrangement with an oval winter-white crocheted runner for contrast and warmth.  Do you like the look of bundled birch logs?  Me too.  I bound them with burlap twine and brown and natural tweed ribbon–which I found for 70% off in holiday clearance.  A swag of twigs centered by a bow of the same ribbon and clustered with pine cones sits at the base of the cross.  To balance the arrangement, a tall candle in a heavy glass holder sits on the right with a black leather Bible and a bundle of cover-less books wrapped with cream crocheted edging.  The cream of the books accents the cream of the logs.

In place of the Christmas wreaths on either side of the stained-glass window, I bundled bouquets of birch twigs to create fans of branches.  Matching bows hide the hooks and twine holding the twigs together.  To make sure twigs do not fall out of their wrapping, use plenty of hot glue to secure the clusters.  All is hidden under the bow.  A matching arrangement of books, twigs and tweed lies on top of the antique pump organ.  I also covered a spare accent pillow with a chocolate brown, cream and green striped canvas fabric to add more warmth to the walnut pew to the left of the altar.  The browns and creams add richness to the natural wood.  Welcome Winter!


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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