Ways to stay cozy during the winter

Dearhouse had the opportunity to create and design inside the beautiful new Dominio IV Farmhouse tasting room, located in Carlton, Oregon. We were so thrilled to be able to bring our florals into such a well designed space. Emily Grosvenor, editor of Oregon Home Magazine brought us into this project for their Fall 2018 Issue, for a project lovingly titled Gather and Bloom.

We thought about themes, and felt like we should create a project around ways to stay cozy during the colder months. I wanted to share a bit of the behind the scenes of this project, glimpses into the beautiful farmhouse, as well as ideas for how to kick the winter blues and build community instead.

THE LOCATION: Recently renovated Farmhouse Tasting Room for Dominio IV.

Dominio IV tasting room farmhouse

INSPIRATION BOARD:

Oregon Home Magazine Autumn Floral Moodboard Dearhouse Collective

Theme: Cold Months, as inspired by a deep longing for community.

Mood: Elegant comfort. 

Ways to host community:

  1.  Brunch: Small/ Intimate: Have a dear friend over for warm beverage. Supply lots of woolen blankets outdoors on the porch. Wrap yourself in warm blankets to ignore the cold winter weather. Arrange market purchased florals with found/foraged foliage thoughtfully into a ceramic vessel. Place in the center of your coffee time and stay cozy.

  2. Large/ Grand Table: Host a few friends over for cards and delicious treats. Set your farmhouse table simply with a table runner or cloth, large floral centerpiece surrounded by candles. A warm presentation of baked delights paired with delicious Dominio IV wines. For a more dramatic centerpiece, intersperse warm tones of found/foraged foliage with market purchased florals, or already blooming camellia buds. Arranged the florals in a large vessel. FEELING LOST? I would happily teach you how to arrange centerpieces in an upcoming workshop. Stay tuned. OR sign up for our newsletter below.

SCENE 1:

That’s me. Talking too much about an obscure topic, while my cutie looks cute.

That’s me. Talking too much about an obscure topic, while my cutie looks cute.

We decided to start the day off sipping coffee. There is no better way to begin a day in my opinion, then over coffee, under a warm blanket with my sweet Pete. I couldn’t get over the beautiful views and landscaping of the Dominio farmhouse. Woolen blankets and sweaters were provided down the road from our friends at Velour in Newberg.

THE FLOWERS:

Garden roses, antique carnations, eucalyptus variations, and dried floral elements.

Garden roses, antique carnations, eucalyptus variations, and dried floral elements.

I’m a part-time hand model, too.

I’m a part-time hand model, too.

SCENE 2: WORK TOWARD GRAND: Ways to stay warm during the cold months

We wanted to set an atmosphere that was cozy and inviting in the dining room of the Farmhouse.

Fresh figs from my fig tree in late September were used fresh. But, we made jam out of them for the colder months.

Fresh figs from my fig tree in late September were used fresh. But, we made jam out of them for the colder months.

Cards games are always a great way to beat the winter blues! (oh, and also… wine).

Cards games are always a great way to beat the winter blues! (oh, and also… wine).

WORK TOWARD GRAND: Ways to stay warm during the cold months

Invite neighbors over to play cribbage, or entertain over yummy baked goods. Use up the rest of the zucchini for your grandmother's zucchini bread. The act of hosting can be life affirming, especially during the cold months.

Oooh lala! A cozy setting for a few lovely friends to enjoy!

Oooh lala! A cozy setting for a few lovely friends to enjoy!

GATHER:

Go into your yard and harvest those beautiful twigs that catch your eye. Sometimes the winter months allow the fall foliage to dry in the most dramatic way. Why not find ways to incorporate those strange friends into your floral arrangements indoors? Don’t have a yard? Walk over to your neighbors house, and meet them! Tell them about the amazing garden and trees they have and ask for a stick or two. Heck, this might even lead to a new friend to play cards with!

Here I am foraging. It’s a nice way to say, walking through mud to get the most beautiful stick.

Here I am foraging. It’s a nice way to say, walking through mud to get the most beautiful stick.

Our take aways:

Stay cozy.

Stay creative.

Bake yummy foods.

Play card games.


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