Every Holiday season, we volunteer to decorate a room or two at Centerport's beautiful Vanderbilt Mansion. We love creating in a place of such history and splendor right here in our own backyard. This year we chose Rosamond Vanderbilt's dressing room and created an appropriate decoration for such a space...
December 7, 2016
We had so much fun with this lovely & talented group of wreath makers! Everyone learned how to create a fresh & fragrant holiday wreath while sipping some Long Island made beer and wine at Oyster Bay Brewing Company. Craft & drink local!
Every year we volunteer to decorate the historic Vanderbilt Estate, "Eagles Nest", in Centerport, NY. This year we decorated "The Arcade", a stone hallway with huge arched windows that connects two wings of the mansion. We chose a "Woodland Garden" theme using all natural materials, most of which were foraged from the estate's grounds. Mosses, Pine cones, greenery, holly, ferns, mossy rocks and flat cedar were some of the materials we collected. Greens were used to construct sprays for the hall's 10 stone ledges, the live Christmas tree's garland and the asymmetrical wreaths on the entry doors. Greens and berries were also used to make 3 kissing balls that were hung from from the 3 iron lanterns in the space. Small birch trees were placed on either side of the entrance to the mansion with small decorative birds in their branches. In a dedication to the estate's name, we placed a decorative eagle amid some greens in the elaborate stonework above the main entrance. If you live locally, stop by and take a tour!