Design in Depth: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 12, 2012

By Stacy Kunstel 

Forget about shooting or sitting in front of the computer all day. This time of year I want to be running around, shopping, sitting in traffic listening to Christmas carols, and seeing magic everywhere I look.

In the past few days I’ve seen some really beautiful sights that have put me in the holiday spirit.

At J. Seitz in New Preston, Connecticut, the mother-daughter team of Joanne and Amanda along with dad, Bill, pull out all the stops. They have the most amazing collection of candles and tree trimmings to go along with their men’s and women’s fashions and home furnishings. Check out this add-your-own-branches ceramic deer head.

Photos by Stacy Kunstel

At The Drawing Room in Cos Cob, Connecticut, there’s an unexpected Christmas color theme throughout with trees full of blue, yellow, gold and white ornaments.

Not your average red and green color scheme.

Aqua would pop prettily on a green tree.

Silver and gold make for a fresh yet classic tree.

I particularly liked this Papa Christmas that greets you at the door.

A merry welcomer.

While I was picking up flowers for another shoot this week, I couldn’t help but admire the array of amaryllis at Kelley Wholesale at the Boston Wholesale flower market.

They’re just waiting to be gifted.

They also had a number of dried and painted flowers for arrangements.

Endless holiday crafting potential.

Yesterday I stumbled into the most delightful store in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, filled with Christmas in every crafted form. At Maynard Greenhouse, you can buy Christmas trees and wreaths along with long skeins of silk ribbon, glitter-filled ornaments and cards

The makings of a holiday wonderland.

Last Friday, I visited the Ridgefield Guild of Artists to see their display of holiday wares, including this vignette designed by Molly Hirsch Interiors with artwork by Kim Hanna.

Festive, but subtle.