Up until this year, Christmas was not my jam. It’s not surprising being that I didn’t really celebrate as a child. My mom's idea of decorating the tree was dragging out the already decorated tree from the year before which we just stuck in the closet with a trash bag over it. Not too exciting to say the least. I'm pretty sure not many kids had to go through this but maybe I'm wrong?! I also think having a December birthday made me disinclined to celebrate. Christmas always seems to overshadow any birthday festivities. However this year, I feel that I have finally found my love for Christmas. I'm already scheming next year's designs! Ok I'll say it, I'm obsessed.
Over fifteen Christmas trees and counting, ranging from 6 feet to 15 feet - and that's just a little piece of the Christas pie we dealt with this year. We started in November and I still have cuts up and down my arms from all the fluffing of trees which occurred (who knew it was painful/violent!). However, it was so fun to come together as a team and help set the stage for the holidays in such unique spaces. I’m pretty sure I’m still picking glitter out of my hair - not necessarily a bad thing!
Our top 3 favorite spaces (which also all happen to be hotels) which we designed for this year were:
JW Marriott Houston Downtown
Sugar Land Marriott Town Square
1. Fairmont Dallas
This 2017 installation featured lots of oversized ornaments focusing on deep reds and golds. The design was a mix of traditional and contemporary elements to ensure guests enjoyed a fresh and festive experience during their stay.
2. JW Marriott Houston Downtown
Starting on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, we had to come up with 5 weeks of designs that matched the rest of the hotel's holiday decor. If you haven't been to the JW Marriott Houston Downtown yet, let me tell you they are cutting edge and extremely modern (which we love). Their Christmas tree was custom made from black steel and adorned with gold and copper ornaments. The rest of the lobby had a blue, white and silver theme. Therefore our hotel floral arrangements for each week were inspired by a piece of their decor to compliment the overall theme. The last Christmas inspired install happens on December 26th so stay tuned! Here is a recap on the past four weeks!
3. Sugar Land Marriott Town Square
This holiday decor began with an inspiration board which we worked very closely with the hotel management team on. The results were beautiful! The lobby tree was a stunning 12ft tree full of golds, textures and pops of reds. The staircase was adorned in Christmas greens and lights plus beautiful trees for their event space.
This year's Christmas decor was so fun to put together for each of the respective brands. I'm looking forward to continuing our Christmas designs next year and already have a couple of surprises up my sleeve. In the meantime, Merry Christmas everyone!