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Holiday Blog Special: Interview with Scott Ellingboe

November 25, 2019

Ready to decorate for the holidays? We snagged some time with Scott to ask him for pointers on decorating everything from wreaths to trees.

Serrv's handmade Peace Wreath, decorated by floral designer Scott Ellingboe
Serrv's handmade Peace Wreath, decorated by floral designer Scott Ellingboe. The Peace Wreath is made by artisans in the Philippines using takip-asin wood wrapped in sustainably-harvested galtang vine

Our first question to Scott was how he enhanced Serrv's beautiful Peace Wreath, and how our readers could do something similar. His tip was to follow the flow of the wreath, and to stay within its borders with vines, boughs, flowers, lights or other décor. That will ensure the wreath's natural shape and beauty aren't lost.

 

Our beautiful handmade Snowflake, Reindeer, and Christmas Tree lanterns, handmade in India from recycled metal.
Our beautiful handmade Snowflake, Reindeer, and Christmas Tree lanterns, handmade in India from recycled metal.

Next, we asked Scott about the color trends he's seeing this holiday season. Burgundy, navy, blush and coral colors are popular, he told us, and they're beautifully paired with traditional gold, rose gold or silver metallics. But traditional red, gold and silver are always a good choice on a wreath or tree, Scott added, advising that a cohesive look is important, and easier to achieve with fewer colors. He also recommends following your own lifestyle and the colors you love in your own holiday décor rather than worrying about trends.  

A beautiful hand-embroidered Doves of Peace Holiday Tree Skirt from India, sitting around the Serrv Christmas tree.
A beautiful hand-embroidered Doves of Peace Holiday Tree Skirt from India, sitting around the Serrv Christmas tree. Hindu, Christian, and Muslim women artisans all work together to create hand-stitched works of art.

For a little more inspiration, we asked Scott how he decorates his own tree. This year, Scott told us he's adding Swedish handmade ornaments and dry-textured pieces of greenery to his 7 ½ foot pre-lit tree. But Scott reminded us that there aren't any rules for decorating a tree, or what to put in it. In the past, he has decorated trees with everything from old photographs to slinkies and table lamps! When we asked if there's any such thing as a tree too full of ornaments? "Where there's room for one ornament, there's room for two," he assured us.  

The Doves of Peace Holiday Table Runner, hand-embroidered in India.
The Doves of Peace Holiday Table Runner, hand-embroidered in India.

Finally, we asked Scott for any additional decorating tips this holiday. He suggested adding décor in every room, especially where people will be spending time - the kitchen, bathrooms and where the tree is - usually in the family or living room. For decorating these rooms, he suggests keeping it simple and sticking to your theme. "Make it your Christmas."

Scott Ellingboe, Floral Designer
Scott Ellingboe, Floral Designer

Scott partnered with Serrv in 2018, and has a 37-year floral design career. He started in Iowa when he was 13, and since, has loved being a part of others' lives through flowers. Scott has designed for weddings, magazines, large events, and even HGTV, working hard to always get the job done. There is no job too big for Scott, and never enough decoration.

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