If you avoid the overtly seasonal Christmas items (anything red and green, or with Santa, sleigh bells, or reindeer) it is possible for your beautiful ornaments to be displayed and enjoyed all year round. Artful Home has some gorgeous art glass ornaments that can do just that. They asked me to choose a few favorites and come up with some creative ways to use them now and later. I started with two groups in order to show you how to transition your Christmas ornaments from holiday to any day.
I was immediately drawn to these “Mother of Pearl” art glass ornaments—my personal favorites. I could use these in so many places in my home. They remind me of spun sugar. I photographed them outside to get the color as accurate as possible. Check out the picture on the website above as well. Each one is a little bit different. They are substantial and beautifully made.
I used them in this arrangement for an entertaining post I did last week. I wanted a transitional arrangement that had an “Indian summer” vibe since we are nowhere near fall weather here. The ornaments pulled in the golds of the sunflowers and pomegranate leaves.
I love them with the Caspari dot napkins. You will remember I used the same napkins in the spring for my daughter’s baby shower. I always have solid matte gold cocktail napkins on hand. They are reasonable and can be used through fall, Christmas, and the New Year, as they aren’t sparkly.
The crackle glass votives are mine and very old. When they’re lit, the ornaments take on an ethereal quality. Can you tell I am in love with these?!
I have to confess I am not a big fan of Halloween. I would, however, be game for a Halloween-themed dinner party. Start with leopard-print napkins and a black double-faced satin ribbon, then add a few blooms from your yard and you are good to go. I love how the crackled look of the “Mother of Pearl” ornaments combines with the texture of the plate.
The “Mother of Pearl” ornaments above could be used in so many different vignettes, no matter your color scheme. I knew the minute I saw them I would like them. However, these blue beauties surprised me (top left is “Bella Notte,” top right is “Sea Spray,” and bottom is “Crystal Blue Persuasion”). All three are by different artists but they are perfectly gorgeous together. Check out the pictures on Artful Home’s website for image accuracy.
These would be incredible displayed in a bowl in a home anywhere near the coast, which, of course, mine is not. And did I mention I have no blue in my home that is even close to this gorgeous blue. But surprise, look what happened: I threw them in a rustic Romanian redware bowl with some cholla cactus and moss.
I placed them in my dining room next to this painting by Pat Huber. I love the juxtaposition of the rustic and the refined.
I also tossed them in this vintage trough, which I placed on my antique traveling trunk in my entry. They would be equally pretty center stage on a dining table.
I mixed them with moss, boxwood sprigs, leaves, and morning glories (the exact color blue!) from my garden.
How do you feel about ornaments in non-traditional colors that can be used all year round? Can you transition your holiday ornaments from holiday to any day? Would you like to? Artful Home has many more beautiful art glass ornaments to choose from on the website here.
I would like to thank Artful Home for sponsoring this post and giving me the opportunity to work with these gorgeous ornaments. Next month, we will collaborate again and I will show you some ways to use them specifically for Christmas. If you love travel, entertaining, fashion, interiors, and gardening, I would love to have you pop over to my blog, Rough Luxe Lifestyle.