The Unexpected Holiday

 Snowflake cardboard wreath has some assembly required…. But all worth it in the end it is amazing! Creative Director Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle.

Snowflake cardboard wreath has some assembly required…. But all worth it in the end it is amazing! Creative Director Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle.

A lot of editors have quested that we create something more unusual for the holidays, not red and green. Over the years there have been some favorites of mine including the year West Elm featured ornaments and garland made from paper. I love ornaments and gifts wrapped in newsprint or book prints.

 Studiobstyle’s Creative Director Barbara Schmidt has a favorite garland - it’s made of newsprint and bookprint paper dots.

Studiobstyle’s Creative Director Barbara Schmidt has a favorite garland - it’s made of newsprint and bookprint paper dots.

I also love when we can use found organic elements to create a casual display. Branches work well for ornament display and cardboard is a great way to create any type of wreath or ornament as well.

 Craft paper and handmade pottery platters make the perfect base to show off metallic ornaments. Creative Director Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle.

Craft paper and handmade pottery platters make the perfect base to show off metallic ornaments. Creative Director Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle.

Craft paper is a favorite wrap, and in fact for several years we sent our holiday cards in craft paper envelopes. Barn board can be the rustic ying to a frosted glass garland yang.

 Crystal logs? Sure why not? Paired with hand-blown glass garland and barnwood. Creative Director Barbara Schmidt studiobstyle.

Crystal logs? Sure why not? Paired with hand-blown glass garland and barnwood. Creative Director Barbara Schmidt studiobstyle.

The whole idea of recycling or upcycling unwanted materials makes me happy. That is why we save cork, toilet and paper towel rolls, fabric and unrecyclable jar lids for my artist friend. She uses the materials to teach art classes at the Minnesota Science Museum where they always need more art supplies for the kids. Happy Holidays!

Barbara Schmidt