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