Won­der­ful Wreaths

A ren­o­vated 1870s farm­house is decked out with nat­u­ral el­e­ments and home­made wreaths, cre­at­ing a fes­tive, vin­tage won­der­land.

Flea Market Décor - - Sources - BY MONIQUE VAN DER PAUW PHOTOGRAPHY BY TON BOUWER/ COCOFEATURES.COM STYLING BY MAR­GOT PUSTJENS

For more on Mar­got Pustjens, owner of All Sea­sons Dec­o­ra­tions, visit allsea­sons­dec­o­ra­tions.nl. Have a look on her web­site for dates for the Open Door Days. Lots of the dec­o­ra­tion you’ll see in her house will be for sale (from la­bels like Jeanne d’arc Liv­ing, Green Gate, IB Laursen, Lene Bjerre and Yan­kee Can­dle). On the web­site you’ll also find in­for­ma­tion about the work­shops that Mar­got gives year-round. For more on Ton Bouwer, visit moon­shineweb.edu. Cook­ies for the cookie wreath were made by Gardy’s Ge­bak, visit face­book. com/gardys­ge­bak.

ev­ery time with new trea­sures such as crock­ery, iron­ware and shut­ters. In her opin­ion, more is more. “Over the years I’ve col­lected lots and lots of crock­ery; I sim­ply love to mix and match,” she says. “When I come home with an­other piece found at the flea mar­ket, my hus­band, Harm, laughs. Sev­eral times he has had to make an­other cab­i­net for me.”

Mar­got is es­pe­cially pas­sion­ate about dec­o­rat­ing with flow­ers, plants and other el­e­ments from na­ture such as stones, branches and wood. “I never go out with­out scis­sors in my pocket,” she says. “Moss, branches, wood, fruit, empty birds’ nests and pinecones are all use­ful in dec­o­rat­ing your house.”

These el­e­ments and more can be found on ev­ery sur­face of her hol­i­day home, in­clud­ing fire­place man­tels, shelves, walls and even man­nequins.

Her guide­line for dec­o­rat­ing the house for Christ­mas is “Just start! Ideas will pop up spon­ta­neously, in­spired by the color of

can­dles or a table­cloth. You start with a pot, then de­cide what goes in­side the pot and what goes with it: a wooden duck, an old bird cage, an­other lamp, an­other table. In this way, some­thing small de­vel­ops into a whole,” she says.

At Christ­mas­time, Mar­got also ex­presses her tal­ent for cre­at­ing wreaths. They pop up in her home in dif­fer­ent styles and col­ors and sparkle on a table, dec­o­rate a door and shine amidst 1001 other fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions in her Christ­mas home and gar­den. “All wreaths have the same struc­ture: a lar­ge­sized (50 cm) wreath of straw that I tie up with No­bilis wire,” Mar­got says. “It’s fun to see how many dif­fer­ent wreaths can be cre­ated us­ing the same struc­ture.”

On De­cem­ber 25, Mar­got and her fam­ily all share a fes­tive brunch on Ho­eve Schet­tereind, as the farm is named. They gather around the large din­ing table, which is abun­dantly dec­o­rated. “I love to set and dec­o­rate the table,” Mar­got says. “I think a beau­ti­ful table has the same im­por­tance as the food that is served on it.”

When set­ting the table for Christ­mas brunch, Mar­got uses Edme Plain from Wedg­wood. She com­bines it with a mix and match of old plates with some sil­ver or gold dec­o­ra­tion, sup­ple­mented by sil­ver cut­lery and el­e­gant glass­ware. A gar­land of

green leaves, small bou­quets and can­dle­light add a fes­tive glow to the at­mos­phere. “I love sum­mer­time”, Mar­got says, “I love the light of the sun and spend­ing time out­side. But cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas with my fam­ily, cook­ing to­gether and shar­ing a won­der­ful meal re­ally is a high­light of the year.”

SEE SOURCES, PAGE 128.

THIS WREATH is dec­o­rated with pieces of old sheet mu­sic, cream-colored dried roses, baubles and large white-sprayed pinecones. On top of the cab­i­net is a col­lec­tion of old mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, orig­i­nally be­long­ing to Harm’s great-grand­fa­ther.

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