So how is it that we can use these elements to create the look? After I gathered the list, I analyzed each element and came up with a plan for how to incorporate each.
1. PRODUCE - In order to get the produce element right, you want to think about using fruit and vegetables that is close to being within season - Oranges, Pomegranates, Apples but also to make the produce seem different from the typical dried fruit often used in holiday decoration, you want to add unexpected ones too. Figs, Grapes, and artichokes are often represented in Dutch Master's Paintings and they're not as often used in Holiday arrangements.
2. TAXIDERMY - It's really tricky to hang dead animals from garlands and may not be the most festive and welcoming idea. So to get around that while still evoking the theme, you can add the feathers from the birds that are commonly shown in these paintings. You can also, put these taxidermy birds on tables or walls to create beautiful, festive vignettes. My favorite birds and feathers come from Pheasants, Turkeys & Roosters.
3. FLOWERS - Flowers are a very important element to pull of this look and I'm sure you're curious about which flowers to use and why does it make sense to put them in holiday decor. I decided to choose something that could realistically be saved and reused for the holiday. That's where hydrangeas come in - I hope saved your dried blooms or are able to pull some lasting bits from the bushes outside.
4. STYLING - Dutch Master's Still Lifes are all about over abundance. They portray romance through heavy and loose styled arrangements and table settings. One last trick that we did in the center of the hall, which I think is really fun - replace your table cloth with a persian rug! The major key to pulling off this look is, more is more.
5. DARK COLORS - Most Dutch Master's paintings are very dark and moody. We of course, can't and don't live in candlelight in present life, so in order to create that mood all of your added elements and decorative finishes should be dark and moody. Use dark rich colors for your table clothes and napkins, if you're adding gilded elements the dark golds and even unpolished silver mixed with polished silver will enhance the feel.