Each year I release myself from the holiday madness by watching others go crazy. While shopping at Ikea recently, I was relieved to see this lovely Zen inspired display in the framing section. I love the fresh green and black scheme of this vignette and how easily you could DIY. Sticks and stones...shadow boxes and hot glue! I'm such a merchandising and display stalker! Window shopping is the best shopping ever - because it's free!!!
Wouldn't this be an interesting Christmas theme? The smaller presence of red (just the red hangtags poking out) makes this so refreshing and modern! Hmmm, maybe I will try this next year (got no energy this year - I'm just adding gold and silver to my chocolate and persimmon Thanksgiving decor to make it work - saw this at Ikea too!). And to make the Zen Christmas theme uber modern and globally inspired, I would love to try a large scale ikebana sculpture in lieu of a Christmas tree, using green bamboo poles. Below are some inspirations.
Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibit (Sorry, don't remember the source. Look how huge it is! Amazing!)
Free form Ikebana style wedding ceremony sculpture by the amazing Waterlily Pond Floral Design studio.