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WHAT DO TEN THOUSAND TWINKLING WHITE LIGHTS AND A THOSAND PINE BOUGHS HAVE TO DO WITH THE HOLIDAYS?
Run of the River Inn and Refuge shares ideas
for decorating with nature
Run of the River innkeeper, Monty Turner and stylist Patti Bosket share their ideas for creative and natural decorating that will WOW your reader’s guests, and offer the added bonus of a romp in the forest to gather decorating materials. Best of all, everything natural described here can be found outdoors, and the price is right. Free!
Window Boxes: After fall when you think the flowers boxes need to be put away, keep them out for Christmas decorations. They provide the perfect container for seasonal decorating. Think red and green - gathering assorted pines boughs, rosehips or red berries and twigs. Then add some pinecones or even twigs spray painted white or red. To get 24-hours of service from this, add some white lights or even a spotlight on the boxes.
Vases of Greens: One of Patti’s favorite Christmas ideas involves filling cylinder vases with a few rocks, then small clippings of cedar or any greens inserted into the rock base. Fill the vase with water and then top with a floating candle or hang snowflakes off the twigs. For a nice table centerpiece, use assorted sizes of vases including six, eight and nine-inch vases 6" 8" 9" as a natural runner down the middle of table, then surround the vases with a natural bed of pine boughs, greens, cedar, pinecones or whatever you have available.
For a variation, Run of the River emphasizes its lodge style by adding a pair of old skis on top of birch logs as a runner down the table. Atop the skis, the vases with greens and floating candles are inserted into antique ski boots for a centerpiece everyone talks about.
· Ski Lodge Look: Gather old skis, sleds, snow shoes, ski poles, snow boots, skates, or any fun recreational equipment with an antique look, and arrange them off to one side, or in an area that fits your entry way. Add birch logs or any type of twigs or logs. Frame the door way with the old skis, then work in pine boughs throughout. Add some fake snow, purchased at craft stores, and you’ve got an old-fashioned ski lodge look with a wonderful holiday focus.
· The gift door: Cover the door in you choice of wrapping paper. A solid red for a nice clean bright look is recommended. Add a big bow to the middle of the door, using 3-inch ribbon. Add pine cones and berries to the bow to give it a natural look, or center a wreath over the bow. For a more natural look, frame the doorway in pine boughs, and add white lights around the door. Fill some red baskets with empty boxes wrapped to look like presents, and set them off to the side of the door.
· Just Greens: Take a walk in the woods and gather all the pine boughs (long-needle, short-needle, or both), pine cones, winter berries or bittersweet, grapevine, twigs, and other natural decorations you can carry. Frame the door in greenery, and then work in lights around the doors. Add pine cones, twigs, and berries around the greens. Fill old baskets or your flower boxes and flower pots with dirt and stick in more of the greens, berries, grapevine or twigs until the container looks full. Place the containers throughout the entry way for a very woodsy, natural yet elegant welcome.
Themed Trees: Each guest room at Run of the River Inn and Refuge features its own themed Christmas tree. Here are a few ideas for themed trees to share with your readers:
Of course, the best way to really visualize these decorating tips is to
plan a pre-holiday getaway to Run of the River, where
you’ll see these and many more ideas in living color. Not only will the decorating ideas come in
handy, but a romantic and restful weekend during the height of the holi-daze
may be just what you need. Take a walk
For more information on Run of the River, visit www.runoftheriver.com or call 1-800-288-6491.
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Run of the River Inn and Refuge ▪ 9308 E. Leavenworth Rd ▪ Leavenworth, WA 98826