Monday, November 5, 2012

Magnolia Leaves

Do you love a magnolia like I do?
I love it for its sweet fragrant blossoms
in the spring 
and I love it 
for its shiny rust-backed leaves
that make perfect additions
when tucked into holiday greens.


  • The flower is associated with nobility, 
    perseverance, dignity and a love of nature. 

    Magnolias are often used in flower arrangements 
    such as wedding bouquets   
    to represent the purity and dignity of the bride. 
    They are popular in Southern-style 
    weddings because the flower is often identified with the South.





So, have you started making plans 
for your fresh holiday decor too?

What are you
doing this year?


Blondie's Journal said...

Oh my, I had to go through these pictures twice! How I wish we could get magnolia leaves up here for decorating with. They are so shiny and pretty. I wonder if we could get a florist to make up something in our area?


Sarah said...

Alison, thanks for all these inspiration images. We don't have a magnolia tree, but our neighbor does. She is gracious about allowing me to use leaves from her tree during the holidays. I like to use them on our mantel. ~ Sarah

Divine Theatre said...


Where do you even find magnolia leaves out here? I would love some olive branches while you're at it! LOL! Laurel and Bay, too, if you have 'em!

I usually buy greens from the Tree Farm or Home Depot. I really don't like plastic Christmas decorations. The plastic smell is *squinches nose*.
I loved these photos! I am going on a Pinerest spree now!



Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

I love them in the Fall as well. That combination of green and rusty brown is perfect for Fall and Holiday decorating. Oh boy...I'm getting excited about decorating.....must settle down and wait until after Thanksgiving!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Thanks for sharing all this gorgeous inspiration Alison! I can't wait to get started on my Christmas decor!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I have a magnolia tree in my back yard now, so I'm going to have to pin some of these pictures! I used some in my fall mantel display and they lasted a really long time.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Alison, I was JUST looking at ideas for incorporating magnolia leaves into my greens for the mantel! No magnolia trees around here; but, I'll be going home to Louisiana next week!! Hopefully, I can stock up!

Pamela Gordon said...

These photos are so beautiful. I didn't realize the back of the magnolia leaf is rust coloured. It looks nice against the greenery. I usually only buy a real fir wreath to hang on the front door. They are hand made locally and I add a bow and some other decor to them. I also gather fresh greens from our trees to put in containers on our decks. They stay out all winter. Actually, they get frozen in the dirt so I can't toss them until spring thaw! lol

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Gorgeous photos Alison! I love magnolias and have several in my yard. Wish I had the patience to make a garland or wreath with the leaves!
Happy Monday to you...

PURA VIDA said...

so Southern...I love bay leaves too!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

What beautiful photos! We live in an area with magnolia trees, but I don't have any on the land where we live. I usually use fresh pine greens.

Ron said...

Alison- I love these photos. In fact I just ordered my yearly magnolia garlands so that I get them in time for Christmas decorating. I love them! Thanks for sharing these fab pics. xo

MarmePurl said...

I do love Magnolia like you do:)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Magnolia leaves are a very southern thang. I don't have a tree, but my mom does and my neighbors do. Not sure what I am doing this year.

Designs By Pinky said...

I don't use fresh, because I decorate early and keep it up ito January. I AM very anxious t decorate this new space! I LOVE magnolia leaves too and can get them preserved. I have made mANY things like the picture with the apples, out of faux materials. They turn out beautifully too! Loved AALL these pictures. XO, Pinky

Garden, Home and Party said...

I love magnolia garlands and wreathes. I hope to use one on the mantle at a rehearsal dinner we are hosting for our son and fiance this December. Great ideas here.

Bliss said...

I'm a sucker for all the natural looking Christmas decorations. Coming from the North West as a child, then the South West, to me those elements are Christmas.


Leslie said...

Beautiful leaves and garlands! I like the photo of the stairway.. wow! Lots of fun ahead with all of the holiday decor!


Gee Singh Newbanks said...

I had planned to incorporate Magnolia leaves and pods in my Holiday decor. I had it all planned.... boughs on the mantel, the table center piece, the entryway.Those glossy leaves with the copper backs all over the house. But alas, the tree is gone ( see my Blog post Magnolia Grandiflora) My sweet neighbours had to cut it down as it was messing up their drain filed. Sooooo had to rethink Christmas. Until... yes, until another friend offered me as many branches as my lil ole heart desired. I am back on!!!!
Can you tell just how much I luv and miss the Magnolia grandi flora that was next door. Thanks for sharing the inspirational pictures..
Cheers, Gee

Olive said...

And to think Alison we have two enormous magnolia trees and I almost never use the leaves in my decor. I should be ashamed.

michele said...

the only plans made are that i want a real tree, and some live wreaths this year. last year it was all faux, and it's not the same.

magnolia are gorgeously luxe, aren't they?

love to you.


NanaDiana said...

I love magnolia leaves. Sadly, we can't get them here at all. They are so gorgeous for the Holidays- Blessings-xo Diana

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Alison, I ADOOORE the pics... ESPECIALLY the creamy whites with the deer head/antlers (from Southern Living), and later, the front door of a stone house, with glass panels on each side of the door... PRICELESS!!!

All is yummy, & I THANK YOU so much for sharing "things I love"!!!!!!

Linda in AZ *

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Hi, Alison!

All those LOVELIES you shared just enchant me to no end (we leaved in Georgia for many years, & I ADORED, & had mannnny magnolias everywhere" on the property!)...

That Southern Accents pic, with the beautifully subdued, creamy whites & surrounding healthy greenery w/ the antler/head is just SOOOOOO "what I like" (THAT look is to mer, PRICELESS!!!)!!! (I was able to collect MANY mounted reh deer antlers when living in Germany all those years... I just loved them, they were "not in fashion and so were very inexpensive!!!).

That other photo where you can see some stone around the front doors, with paned glass on each side of tghe door, look SOOOOO warm n' welcoming!!! I just LOVE it!!!

Have been working ALL DAY LONG for a few days, as we're having alot of friends over for a "casual" cocktail party tomorrow night while election returns come in... I... am... pooped, but I SO LOVE doing things like this!!!

STILL thinking of you when I see FAB "HORSEY-STUFF"!!!

Linda in AZ *

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Love where you are going with this post! The magnolia is such a beautiful Christmas accent! I really like the wreath with magnolia leaves tucked into the pine! Thanks for sharing all this inspiration!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


These are beautiful example of the many ways to decorate with magnolia leaves...but my favorite is the wreath with the nuts, greens and leaves!

I may have to try to make something, we have a huge tree and there are still flowers blooming on them.

Take care, Elizabeth

ImSoVintage said...

I love magnolia leaves and wish I had them here. Just starting to plan for Christmas. :)

Katherines Corner said...

No plans yet, I am just getting things unwrapped for Thanksgiving. I love the inspirations you have shared. xo

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Alison, The house I grew up in had a huge magnolia tree in the front yard. Every Christmas my mother would use the leaves to make beautiful wreaths and garland. Thanks for sharing the pictures and bringing back happy memories.