A Design Preview by Digs Floral Designer, Lynn Malone

Lynn Malone, floral designer and owner of Digs Floral and Botanic Design in Ojai, will be making her 2014 Holiday Home Look In debut at the Schmidt home in Rancho Matilija. Lynn sat down to write us a blog about her plans and inspirations for the decor.

With the excitement of fall color in full bloom it was tempting to style the Schmidt home for Thanksgiving this year, but as a floral designer, I’m equally excited about holiday cheer and winter whites. When the homeowner and I met to plan the floral décor within this beautiful palette  of a home, we decided that it would be fun to use floral designs that could be versatile for both holidays so that they could be used for the entire season. In designing the florals, we agreed upon a few priorities. While a few pieces will be works of art, designed to compliment the exquisite art collection in the home, we wanted to keep many of the floral designs simple, so that guests could easily replicate them in their own homes.

Entering the home through the massive front doors, guests will be greeted with warm traditional holiday looks designed to inspire a holiday mood. Inside, fresh, contemporary holiday designs will be showcased, along with a bit of the unexpected, and a touch of whimsy here and there for fun. Floral colors have been chosen to accent the magnificent collection of artwork displayed throughout the home.

Nature will also be at play. Giant pinecones and air plants in a stunning burl wood bowl will adorn the family room and fireplace. In the master bedroom, a dress form will be decked out for the holidays in a cedar and redwood gown with floral accents.  A silver teapot will delight the senses as spicey floral “steam” comes from the spout. The massive dining table will be set for a big family feast with white pumpkins which have been repurposed for Christmas joined by stately amaryllis florals and other festive touches. For a touch of whimsy, don’t miss Rudolph in the grand children’s room or the Grinch tree on the back patio.

The design team at Digs is having so much fun preparing over 25 floral pieces for the Schmidt home on this year’s Holiday Home Look In tour. We hope you’ll enjoy them and that you’ll come on by our shop for your holiday florals and gifts.

Here are a few inspirations we found on Pinterest.  Visit the Schmidt Home at Rancho Matilija to see where we take them from here!

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