The Liv­ing Land­scape

Emily Thomp­son Florist, Emily Thomp­son Flow­ers

Martha Stewart Living - - Everyday Food -

You don’t have to be­lieve in fairies to flutter over Thomp­son’s tree, which con­jures a for­est pop­u­lated by elfin crea­tures. “It’s a ver­sion of one my mother used to dec­o­rate for us,” she says. In­stead of a tree skirt, the Douglas fir sits on a mossy bed. To cre­ate it, Thomp­son pro­tected the floor with plas­tic sheet­ing, then put clump moss around the base and tucked rocks, tree stumps, and pot­ted plants around it for a fan­tas­ti­cal look. The tree it­self is draped with vel­vet rib­bon and wild smi­lax vines wired with real and faux leaves, spiky ch­est­nuts, and pinecones, along with mag­no­lia, spiny datura, and okra pods, some gilded in gold or sil­ver paint. The pièce de ré­sis­tance is a teensy lad­der fash­ioned out of birch and twine, and a bunny poised to join a win­ter-sol­stice party within the branches.

“Where I grew up, in north­ern Ver­mont, ev­ery­thing was cov­ered in six feet of snow by Christ­mas. It was amaz­ing for us to see a lush, green won­der­land right in our liv­ing room.”

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