We had a great Thanksgiving at home hosting family and friends, and are now in full-on Christmas mode. Pete and I are in the midst of some tense Christmas tree discussions (Real or Fake- and if fake, Flocked?) which is stalling our decorating attempts a bit, but not our general spirit.
Last year I had a pretty big Christmas Fail. One of my favorite traditions that I inherited from my mom is picking/customizing really special, intricate stockings for my family. You can pick a canvas from a local needlepointing store, and change some small details here and there to make each stocking a personal treasure that- for me at least- is a highlight to hang each Christmas season. The only issue is that, because of the customization and detailing in the stitching, they take a really long time. Like 9+ months. Which should have been fine because Harry was born in January- plenty of time. The problem was, Harry was born in January. When Christmas was the last thing on my mind.
I remember having the fleeting thought of “oh, I should go pick out his stocking” during one late night feeding. But I never had the thought again literally until I went to hang the stockings and realized I had never done his. It wasn’t even like a few months before I realized it was too late and ordered a temporary backup for that year- nope, I had nothing. So I took to the internets to search for a suitable replacement, and was truly shocked at how few appealing options there were! We ended up using my childhood stocking for Harry, and I don’t think the incident did any permanent damage- which is good because we are probably going to have to do it again this year since his still isn’t ready (!#$?#%&!)
ANYWAY when we were planning Biscuit Christmas this year, I remembered the dearth of options, and thought we should design a few stocking options that looked like they could actually live in our homes.
We used our family Christmas stockings -which are nice and roomy- as the pattern guide and came up with two different styles; One that is a little southern Christmas in the country, and the other a bit more fancy shmancy.
We used one of my favorite fabrics by Brunschwig & Fils as the inspiration for the collection, and created a tree-skirt out of the fabric as well.
We wanted people to be able to mix and match their favorites for a more collected look, or if one in particular was a better fit for each style to be special enough to look good hanging all in a row.
For the checkered style, we banded the top in one of my favorite embroidered tape trims. I am getting these for our Shmamptons stockings, and I am thinking about adding a little charm to the stocking loop with each of our names.
The other style is a luxe flame-stitch velvet with cording along the top. They are lined in silk and could be embroidered with individual names if you wanted, but I love how they look as is.
Both stockings work perfectly with our tree skirt for a look that is festive and cohesive, but still fits with a year round design vibe we favor.
We rounded our stockings & tree skirt by bringing in a few ornaments and other decor options for an heirloom-inspired Christmas collection.
I love how this room looks all cozy for Christmas. I am so enjoying putting out our old decorations in our new house- especially because it helps the house feel more homey lived-in since there are a few things we have been taking our time in finishing- and I can’t wait to get our tree up and use our Biscuit tree skirt and never look at our fug faux velvet/gold appliqué/burlap mess I used in previous years again.
AND! If any of you want to help yourself to some Christmas Cheer ala Biscuit, on this cyber monday we are offering 15% off everything site-wide with the code CYBER. Merry Merry!