Effortless Christmas Decoration brings this Sag Harbor home for the holidays

December 20, 2016 in Michael's Blog

Even though The Bridgehampton Florist is bang in the middle of Main Street in Bridgehampton,  our heart is also in Sag Harbor where we’ve lived for years and years.  We were deeply saddened when our village was hit with a horrific fire this week.  The fire destroyed the front of the Sag Harbor Cinema, a beloved institution.  The flames spread to adjoining stores and the apartments above them.  Fortunately, there were no fatalities and our incredible (and entirely volunteer) fire department did a masterful job of containing what could have been a far worse scenario.   That’s of little comfort to those who lost their homes and businesses. But we will rise again, we have no doubt.  And the spirit of Christmas has been apparent all week as townspeople have vowed to rebuild and help their neighbors out in their time of need.  We will do our part too.  One of the great things that’s been going on in Sag Harbor these last few years is the number of houses that have been restored and rebuilt, always with an eye to preserving the character of our beloved village.  And one example can be seen right here.

In this beautifully restored home, our goal was to make it look as if we’d never been there.  Seriously!  We wanted to make our Christmas decorations to look for all the world like the owners had done them all by themselves.  Above, how to decorate a Christmas mantel using fruits and fir branches. The stunning modern painting above the fireplace was our color inspiration for this mantel piece.  We’ve used some red Ilex berries to bring Christmas color to our apples, oranges and pomegranates. Cranberries were used to cradle a candle bringing a note of seasonal color to the mantel and anchoring the candle in place.

In keeping with our theme of “Less is More”, a bowl of pomegranates sits atop the dining room table while two wooden candlesticks are decked out with fir branches to create a red and green theme.  In the background, a stem of white orchids and red Ilex berry branches complement the side board.

In the beautifully windowed kitchen, small wreaths placed in every window bring holiday cheer to the room which doubles as a work space.  Looking up from whatever task the owner is doing is a little reminder that it’s Christmas.

A Hypernicum Topiary is all this sitting room needs to say it’s Christmas. This simple punch of color is just what this beautiful space needs.  We really tried to make these holiday decorations look as if they were done by the homeowner herself.  But our client insisted her friends would know better!  Merry Christmas one and all!

How to Decorate a Mantelpiece for Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2016 in Michael's Blog

We love to pull out all the stops when it comes to decorating mantelpieces for America’s homegrown holiday, Thanksgiving!   It seems only natural to show an abundance of objects symbolizing our bountiful harvest.  Today we will show you to three mantlepieces we put together just for Thanksgiving.  625c7c34-4318-4699-8b7f-388cbd940d0f-copy The first stop on our tour of Thanksgiving Mantelpieces is at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor.  The hotel has a long and proud history dating back to 1846 when the town of Sag Harbor was one of the great Whaling ports.   The hotel, and the town, fell on hard times and in 1972 The American Hotel was badly in need of repair, hadn’t hosted a guest since the 1930s or served a meal.  That’s when owner Ted Conklin took over and brought the place–and with it, the town, back to life.  The newly restored American Hotel served its first meal on July 4th, 1972.  And it’s been serving wonderful food and great wines ever since.  Because of its whaling past, the hotel is decorated with great maritime art. The working fireplace in the Dining Room Bar is showplace for one of the hotel’s collection of paintings.  We packed this mantelpiece with a cornucopia of locally grown gourds, pumpkins and even cauliflower and brussels sprouts for color and texture.

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The Bridgehampton Florist is a treasure trove of Ironstone pottery.  You’ll find dozens of examples of this British import which was first introduced in 1813 in Britain.  Ironstone was a mass-produced alternative to the more expensive porcelain. There is no iron in Ironstone. The name came from its strength and durability.  When it was brought to this country, Ironstone pieces endured many a wagon train journey without a scratch.

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Aside from its durability, Ironstone also boasted being so strong that it allowed for the creation of larger pieces than porcelain could be made into.  At the Bridgehampton Florist, you’ll find a large variety of Ironstone pitchers all of which make spectacular vases.  Here we’ve used Oriental Kale in one and Rose Hips in another.

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Here an Ironstone container is put to beautiful use by filling it with miniature cobs of Indian corn and Hypernicum berries, which are local to the Hamptons.

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Even the American Hotel’s Moose Mascot in the Hotel’s Bar gets some Thanksgiving glamor in the form of bittersweet boughs and Indian Corn “Earrings”.

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For a client who loves candlelight and candlesticks, we created a pumpkin themed mantelpiece to salute Thanksgiving in the dining room itself.

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Multi-colored gourds are combined with bittersweet and the unexpected: Here we used Brussels Sprouts for color and their unique texture and yes, that’s a head of Cauliflower…

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For our final Thanksgiving Mantelpiece, we worked around this fireplace surround’s permanent feature.  An Asian Gong adds a completely different feeling to this arrangement of bittersweet boughs and a selection of  gourds chosen for their warm yellow tones to complement the tiles that surround the fireplace itself. 2a910ead-dfc5-4f15-888c-13d98d286c1f-copy

Whatever you chose to do to celebrate Thanksgiving, bring along your imagination. Visit your local farm stand, take a walk in the woods and bring back treasure to create your own celebration of this most American of holidays.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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