Last night I attended my first holiday event of the season and what a lovely introduction it was! Held at Nielsen’s Florist in Darien, CT, the event was co-hosted by the luxury publication Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. Nielsen’s, a third generation family-run business since 1944 is still in its original location and offers many services from traditional floral offerings to special events in its fabulous conservatory. The shop was transformed into an elegant winter wonderland featuring the silk floral arrangements of Diane James, Simon Pearce glassware and Home James! dinnerware. There were several lovely tablescapes and many appealing ideas for holiday decorating.
For those of you who might not know, Diane James is also a family business that, since 1997 when the collection was launched at Bergdorfs, has produced what are widely considered some of the most exquisite faux floral arrangements and orchids in the industry. Many top designers, including Michael Smith and Barbara Barry depend on Diane James’ hand-made creations to augment their designs. Take a look at a few of the beautiful examples that were featured at the party. I’ve always wanted to do an all white Christmas and these magnolia, hydrangea and rose combinations would be perfect.
Or perhaps you prefer this colorful arrangement of lilies accompanying one of the evening’s fun giveaways.
or these classic red and white roses alongside Diane James’ new signature candle with packaging that features the illustration of well known blogger and talented artist Patricia van Essche.
Simon Pearce brought many of their classic patterns which make wonderful gifts. This glittering tabletop was so festive with the glassmaker’s distinctive designs including their stunning handblown Vermont Evergreens.
Home James!, the East Hampton contemporary collection of china, crystal and linens brought their Grand Tour dinnerware pattern, which in the red and green colorway, complemented the holiday floral arrangements beautifully.
All in all, a lovely evening was had by all and it made me realize that I need to start thinking about my holiday plans!