Snapshots from the Georgetown Jingle

By danielle

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Emily Thomas, my dear friend from DC and founder of the fantastic food blog Corcoran Street Kitchen, hit up the 6th Annual Georgetown Jingle earlier this month and shared some of her favorite holiday trees and vignettes created by this season’s top designers. 

The unseasonably warm temperatures here in our nation’s capital have taken a toll on our holiday spirit.  I’ll blame it on the weather and not all of the politicians down here.  Thank goodness for the Georgetown Jingle Preview event at the Four Season last week where DC designers gathered to showcase their finest Christmas tree designs.  The Georgetown Jingle is an annual event to raise money for Georgetown Hospital’s Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Program and Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program.  Designers worked with children to create their trees that ranged from over-the-top opulence to whimsical fun.  A great cause and a great reason to get into the holiday spirit are all the reason I needed to head over.

The first tree that caught our eye was the Nature and the Holidays by Cultivated Gardens, LLC.  The festive citrus ornaments fell both homey and elegant at the same time.  There was warmth in this tree from the rich red cardinal ornaments and soft blue lights that added contrast.

Upon closer inspection, we realized that this tree was made with bay leaves, which added another level of fragrance and intrigue to this beautiful tree.

Bling in the New Year was a sculptural offering from Camille Beers Design Studio and it was very glam take on holiday decorating for the inner diva in all of us.

There was no mistaking the island charm of A Caribbean Christmas Fantasea from Houseworks Interiors.  The various shades of blue really popped against the green tree and the gold weaving through gave a subtle nod to the beach.  This is a great example of a “theme” tree that isn’t campy or overdone.

The Far East Holiday by J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture & Design was a sweet beauty from a distance, but when you got up close, you could see the meticulous attention to detail in the flowers and the birds.  The lime green and coral colors are a great take on the classic red and green and they made for a very creative piece.

The Golden Rule was the tree that my mother wished that we had growing up.  It was all modern Victorian charm with gold and silver ornaments and accents.  The glittering ornaments with a sweet message and the music notes flowed together nicely and the gold fir branches added depth and body to the tree.

ASID Interior Design took a trip to the Dr. Seussian dream world and created every child’s ideal Christmas tree.  The Christmas Candy Tree-Dylan’s Candy Bar was bright and fun.  The stark white tree came to life with a rainbow of retro candy and bright colored ornaments.  I love that this designer took made a tree for children, but kept it edgy and modern.

I am absolutely in love with this inventive tree from Corcoran College of Art + Design.  Maybe it is that I made a budget version with Yuengling bottles in college, but this “Green” Wine Bottle Tree was a true showstopper.  Huge and monochromatic, this tree was a true work of art that was still at home alongside the more traditional offerings.

Niermann Weeks had the honor of designing the center tree for the hotel lobby.  Here is the design team with their creation that is based on a painting by Edward Hicks painting called Peacable Kingdom.

Their tree, of the same name as the painting, was decked with every animal imaginable.  I had to pay special homage to our famous blue claw crab that has never looked better.

The Gift Tree was a cubist interpretation of gifts piled to resemble a tree.  Gary Lovejoy Associates mixed classic toys with new ones to create this unique piece.

Danziger Design brought us The Poet Tree, complete with ornaments bearing short poems.  This would be a fun family tradition and the classic, rich colors along with the floral decorations made this a very inviting tree.

We couldn’t pick a favorite from this group because they were all so amazing!  The best part is that I got so many amazing ideas for decorating this year.  I am feeling confident that even a novice like myself can incorporate some of these great trends and new ideas.

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