Rustic Elegance


Christmas tends to inspire us in a multitude of ways, especially regarding home design décor. And, with autumn, we only have ephemeral cuddles of bearable winds and bright spiraling leaves to enjoy. So, we either can savour the memory joyfully, or tuck it away until the following year, all before it dissipates to welcome winter.

In our home, we usually savour it as long as we can—the crackling of wood in the fireplace and with the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and hot cocoa in the air is enough to pacify any thought of extreme coldness. A cosy dwelling and setting is always a favourite of mine, and I wanted to share this one with you.
It’s a pleasure to partner with Viva Terra, a fair-trade company that is committed to providing sustainable home décor, and preserving the earth’s natural beauty in the process. They produce everything from seasonal home furnishings to bed and bath accessories.

Viva Terra offers products that are recycled, and chemical-free, in addition to having everything being made by hand from artisans globally. Here’s a highlight of some of their items that I used in a recent lifestyle photo shoot.

One might often think that when it comes to holiday tables or seasonal décor in general, over embellishment is the only way to have a strong interior perspective, which we are generally very keen on in my home. But, you can actually achieve opulence, even in a minimally modern and rustic way in your home. It’s really all about placement, and the mood or nature of your presentation.

Elaborate tablescapes and interiors are always a special treat, and for me a lot of fun to create as well. But, this time I styled an autumn-winter table on a much simpler scale—the use of rich earth tones and art pieces that were both dated and contemporary helped to balance the feeling of the season. This is a rustic evening style table. The inspiration came from capturing the transition of seasons: from the warmth in hues from summer to autumn, to the freshness that autumn to winter brings. 

This interior centrepiece exhibit was a side addition to a tablescape that I styled recently for an upcoming art display. I also used influence from the comfort and joyful parts of what makes this time of year so special to capture a warm and intimate feeling.

What do you think of these warm and rustic decorations?
 Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
The goods: Cinnamon Bark Tealights, Mint Green Owl Mugs, Gilded Fig Vases-Provided by Viva Terra. Shop the holiday collection here. African art and Shakere-Family art piece from Ghana, Candles, Place mats-Home Goods, Baskets-Art and Pottery Market, Other items by Fashion Tales, Lake Champlain Spicy hot cocoa, Printed tablecloth-Marshalls.
To shop eco-friendly pieces from Viva Terra visit


  1. Hi Madison! I didnt know this company, the items you got are so adorable, craving for those cute owl mugs, they are so sweet (and yummy with the hot cocoa!). Great table set for holidays, your inspiration is flawless! Have you too a wonderful holiday season! xo

  2. Esmeralda Evangelista03 December

    I didn't know Viva Terra. I like very much its products!

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  3. sartorialsidelines03 December

    I love these decorating ideas - those little owls are so cute!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  4. Vix Brearley03 December

    Those owls are very sweet! x

  5. Missy May03 December

    These are really lovely. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Alles Liebe Sis..xoxo

  6. I'm not familiar with Viva Terra but their pieces look charming especially those owl mugs! And big plus for being sustainable too!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  7. You have vision and many more skills, love how you decorate these elaborate tables. The link left on my blog doesn't worked proper.
    Regards xoxo

  8. Wonderful goodies - they are so perfect for Christmas when you want to have the most adorable and hand made (or handmade looking) things around for extra cosiness. x

  9. I love rustic decor, especially around this time of year! It makes me want to cuddle up with a blanket, sit in front of a fire, and drink hot cocoa. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  10. Love this photos, they put me in a christmas mood!! hahaha

  11. SHE Jenmarie03 December

    Decorating for Christmas makes me so excited! I saw some of these photos on your Instagram and had to come on over to see more. I love the rustic look! Those owl mugs are so cute too!

  12. Allie Mackin04 December

    Oh they are wonderful and yes it is so nice to enjoy the holidays. There is a Christmas Tree lot near where I work in Soho and they sell these cute reindeer sculptures they make out of the end of the tree stumps that they trim off when a customer buys a tree. I think I am going to get one.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  13. Stacey Ann Blake04 December

    Beautiful styling my friend! I love it all and especially the earthy vibe it exudes. Very cozy indeed. xx

  14. mustwearthat04 December

    I love Christmas decor's stuffs - they're all take me somewhere beautiful. Thanks for sharing Madison and hope you're enjoying a holiday season so far:).

  15. Daniella04 December

    Ah how I love Christmas! These photos are lovely and the table decorations capture the spirit beautifully. You have a real creative talent Madison, it's in inspiration to see! :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  16. Athena Politou04 December

    That was a very well-written post. I love that rustic, home-y style especially for Fall and Winter. You've def inspired me!

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  17. Omg Madison everything looks so lovely. The owl mugs are sooooo cute. I can't take my eyes off them. I haven't heard of the site before and checked it out. It's awesome. Ich muss dich mal einladen, damit du meine Tischdeko machst. Ich würde das nie so schön hinbekommen. Hab einen wunderschönen Donnerstag!
    xx Mira

  18. Your decorations look lovely! Those owl mugs are adorable!


  19. Erika Sorocco04 December

    This tablescape is just magical, Madison. I adore all things rustic - especially during the holidays!


  20. ElleSees.blogspot.com04 December

    that's christmas on a table right it. perfect!

  21. Edita Lozovska04 December

    Awww looks nice n cosy!


  22. Aw! Decorating for Christmas is my absolute FAVE!!! I would start it embarrassingly early if it weren't for my husband restraining me from doing so. LOL I love those cute little owl mugs!

  23. Dressed with soul04 December

    Liebe Madison, mir gefällt die Dekoration, die man von dieser Marke kaufen kann, sehr gut! Ich mag es, wenn es kalt ist, gemütlich daheim zu sitzen und wie Du schreibst, leckere Sachen trinken, wie Tee oder heiße Schokolade. Natürlich muss dann auch unser Haus passend dekoriert sein :) In diesem Jahr habe ich das schon gemacht, unser Haus weihnachtlich dekoriert, aber für das nächste Jahr merke ich mir diese Marke. Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Wochenabschluß!

    Alles Liebe von Rena

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  24. This is wonderful doll, so warm and cozy. Love the mugs, they are so sweet :))) I hope your week has been bliss...Happy weekend xx

  25. Barbara Bermond05 December

    oh it looks very pretty and it gives inspiration!

  26. Thanks so much Daniella, what a thoughtful compliment. Enjoy your weekend. xx

  27. Thanks Lilli, I'm glad that you liked my styling and their products. Happy weekend.s

  28. Thanks so much Kim. Glad that you liked my styling, it was fun to create. :) Happy weekend.

  29. Haha, Thanks for your comment. Enjoy the holidays!

  30. Oh, those reindeer sculptures sound amazing. Thanks for your comment, enjoy the weekend.

  31. Thanks for your sweet comment, Yi-chia! Glad that you're in teh holiday mood now. xx

  32. Thank you! Hope that you enjoy the season as well.

  33. Absolutely, it's wonderful to find ethical interior decor. Thanks Rowena.

  34. Thanks so much! Glad that you liked my rustic styling. :)

  35. Thanks so much Mira. The site has loads of goodies for the home. Dank immer für Deine süßen Kommentare. Ich liebe Weihnachtszeit. Schönes Wochenende! / Madison xx

  36. Liebe Rena, Ich bin froh, dass Sie diese Marke gefallen. sie haben große Produkte für die Ferienzeit. Ich wünsche Dir ein frohes weeekend. :) Alles Liebe von Madisonxx