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Meaningful Holiday Home Tour

Call me curious, Christmas-crazy, or maybe even downright nosy?! But I love seeing how other people ‘do’ Christmas at their house. From decorations to traditions, its fun to see all the creative ways people celebrate the season. All this to say, I’ve been following along with Laura from Meaningful Spaces ‘ Meaningful Holiday Home Tour the last 3 days, (If you have been too, you just came from Heidi of Honeybear Lane’s home) and I’m excited to welcome you to my own decorated home on the last day of the tour!

When it comes to Holiday decorating, we draw inspiration from two areas:

  1. Natural elements like garland, spruce tips, amaryllis, dried fruit, etc. We like using these kinds of things because they smell delicious, they’re pretty, and fresh elements mean it’s less to store in the basement the rest of the year!
  2. Our Scandinavian heritage: simple, neutral & nature-inspired decor, Dala horses, Norwegian flag bunting, etc.

Playing on the Nordic vibe, we did a Charlie Brown-style real fraser fir Christmas tree this year from our neighborhood nursery, Tangletown Gardens, and I love its open, sparse feel. Less tree branches mean less ornaments, so we limited the display to clip-on candles, Swedish straw characters, & black & white striped balls.

Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour)   Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour)

We keep a wrapping station near the radiator in the dining room with ribbon, scissors, tape and a basket of wrapping paper and boxes, so everything is all in one place when it’s time to get wrapping.   Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour)

One thing I REALLY wish this home had was a fireplace, not only for cozy fires, but also for hanging stockings. The dining room bookcases though are the next best place for them (until Lil’ Syl starts crawling anyway).

The winter green tips were leftover from this Holiday post. I originally put them in this vase with water to keep them hydrated until I could figure out what to do with them, and then I ended up really liking just the way they were! Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour)

We don’t do much for Holiday decor in the rest of the house, but in the kitchen we do have a few tiny decorations such as the Norwegian flag bunting strung across the window, a bundle of boxwood (pretending to be mistletoe) in the doorway, a Christmas-y apron my mom made years ago, and a potted amaryllis.

Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour)

That’ll do it for our tour! Thanks for coming over, and if you’re looking for more Holiday decorating inspiration, check out our decor from last year. It was a completely different look!

The next stop on the Meaningful Holiday Home Tour is Beautiful Treasures. Head on over to see what Rachel’s got8

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A Perfectly Plaid Holiday Table

After an insanely fun media console styling session last month, Tasha from Tchotchkes Interior Design and I have teamed up again to bring a little nostalgic yuletide inspiration to Holiday gatherings this season.  This time we’ve brought Retro Wanderlust (the shop in the Minneapolis area for all things vintage home) along for the ride and challenged ourselves to think beyond the quintessential red and green palette and instead focus on less ‘in-yo-face’ festive cues like greenery, Holiday motifs, cozy textures, and candlelight to bring home the warm, merry appeal. Below we’re talking through how we arrived at this look, so you can recreate for your own gathering!

Inspiration for a non-traditional, yet nostalgic Holiday table in collaboration with Tchotchkes Design Studio. Christmas entertaining at its finest! Continue Reading →

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How to Hang Heavy Garland Without Damaging Your Walls

I’m popping in quickly this weekend to share how to hang garland in your house without permanently nailing it to the wall. This is not sponsored; I’ve just had a lot of questions on my Instagram about how I’ve hung mine, so I thought I’d share what really works. I’ve tried several different hooks that never seemed to be strong enough to hold a full garland. In years past, there were so many mornings, I’d wake up to a sad garland on the floor and cedar flakes everywhere. When I finally discovered temporary hooks that were strong enough for the job, I did a little happy dance. Here’s what we do:

  What I use to strongly, but temporarily hang garland in my house without damaging the walls.

We use big daddy 3M Command hooks. The ones that hold up to 7.5 lbs each. They’re damage free and the packaging has a photo of the hook with a step ladder hanging from it, so you know they’re strong! For the arch pictured, we’re using 3 hooks one on each side plus one in the middle. In years where we have an especially full garland, I’ve doubled up the hooks at each location just to be safe, but looking back it was probably overkill!

What I use to strongly, but temporarily hang garland in my house without damaging the walls.

The hooks are white, but don’t worry if you don’t have white walls. The hooks are nearly completely disguised by the garland.

The hook mounting instructions (that come with the hooks) are kind of fussy. They involve mounting the hook, then sliding off a portion of the hook, pressing the hook base firmly to the wall, waiting an hour and then re-attaching the hook. It seems kind of unnecessary at first, but following the instructions make for a super strong bond. I’ve tried several different hooks, and have found these to be the strongest by far. They also come down damage free when Christmas is over. Win!

That’s all I’ve got for you today. Hope this little Holiday decorating tip is useful!

What I use to strongly, but temporarily hang garland in my house without damaging the walls.

Want more Holiday decorating tips? Get the inside on using a basket in lieu of a skirt to disguise your Christmas tree stand. Read more HERE.

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How-To: The Nordic Style Christmas Tree Basket

How to get the Christmas tree basket set-up in lieu of a tree skirt. Plus! Nordic-style tree inspiration!

As I was naming this blog post yesterday, it occurred to me just how simplistic and all around ‘common-sense-esque’ it sounded. How hard can it be to put your real Christmas tree in a basket? The truth is I’ve been trying to figure out how to use a basket (in lieu of a tree skirt) for my real Christmas tree for the last few years, and I finally figured out a set up that works. So here we are!

You see with real trees the stands are often 20″-24″ at their widest point, making it difficult to disguise in a basket without the basket being MASSIVE. I recently came across a 16″ diameter plastic tree stand that holds a 6′ tree. Our tree this year is a real Fraser Fir, known for its more “open” Nordic feel. The top of the tree thins to a single branch with a few small off shoots. Technically, the tree is a 7-footer, but considering the sparseness at the top of the tree, I decided to give it a whirl with the 6′ tree stand. And SPOILER alert…it works great!

The 16″ tree stand diameter makes the basket so much more doable. Here I’m using an 18″ round sea grass basket from Target’s home storage section. Placing the tree stand in the basket is a snug fit, keeping the whole set up nice and stable. For good measure, I thought I’d detail our whole tree setup this year. See sources at the bottom!

How to get the Christmas tree basket set-up in lieu of a tree skirt. Plus! Nordic-style tree inspiration! How to get the Christmas tree basket set-up in lieu of a tree skirt. Plus! Nordic-style tree inspiration!

S H O P  T H I S  L O O K

Glitter Star Tree Topper  ||  Fraser Fir Real Tree  ||  Finial Ornaments ||  Candle Clips  ||  Candles  ||  Black and White Striped Ornaments  ||  Danish RowHouse Gift Wrap  ||  Black Plaid Gift Wrap  ||  White Plaid Ribbon  ||  Black Border Ribbon  ||  6ft Plastic Tree Stand  ||  Sea Grass Basket

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DIY Holiday Card Moodboard (Video!)

OMG. I can’t believe I’m already writing this, but I’ve got HOLIDAYS on the brain!  Our Gold Foil Christmas cards from Mixbook arrived in the mail, and in the spirit of sending out cards, I’ve also been thinking about a way to display cards at our house.

Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.

You see, I love giving + getting Holiday cards, but what I haven’t so much loved is hanging all of them up in my house. Until recently I couldn’t find a way to collectively hang them that fit cohesively with our seasonal decor. Usually we designate a basket for them on our dining room china cabinet, but let’s be honest, we rarely look in that basket once the cards are opened. So basically the cards just sit there collecting dust, and where’s the Holiday spirit in that??

This year? This year there will be more card enjoyment and less dust collection at this house. I’ve taken the idea behind the inspiration mood board (you know, the kind you hang at your desk and pin collected snippets to) and created a Holiday edition–a spot for corralling cards from loved ones, patterned paper that’s too pretty to toss, special ornaments, fresh greenery, etc.–all the little things that inspire you throughout the season. Check out this little video on how I made it.

Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.   Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook. Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.

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Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook. Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.

1.Hang the grid on the wall with two nails, or lean it on your tabletop against the wall.

Mood Board Styling 101: Create layers which add depth and interest to your board.

2. Start with a base layer of decorative paper and/or fabric with clothespins. Use larger than greeting card size paper/fabric so that it’s still slightly visible once cards are added.

3. Attach greenery for texture.

4. Begin hanging cards. To help curb the chaos, hang cards straight up and down and not at an angle.

5. Next tie on ornaments and feathers in open spaces or layer them on the cards for additional dimension.

6. Lastly, drape Christmas lights on one side of the board, and add additional Holiday cards as they arrive in the mail!

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Here’s a look at our family’s Holiday card from Mixbook we’re sending out this year. About a month ago, we set up a tripod with a timer on the side of our house, just before the sun was about to set, and snapped these pictures of the three of us. We tried alot of takes, and this was the ONLY one where Sylvia was actually looking at the camera. Ha!

Something new this year with Mixbook is their real foil cards. We chose the Holiday Glitter Frame Card, and the gold foil is SO pretty and tasteful in person. I’m really happy with how they turned out.

Not quite ready for Holiday stuff yet? Pin this project for later!

Sylvie’s Outfit Sources: Penny and Lila Head Turban  ||  Tea Collection Christmas Sweater

This post was created in partnership with Mixbook. They’re my go-to for Holiday and announcement cards (Remember these?). All ideas are my own.

 

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DIY Candles for that Impossible to Buy for Person

We all have peeps on our Christmas list that are HARD to buy for. Whether it’s because you only know them professionally, & not personally like teachers and secret santa co-workers, or perhaps your giftee tells you that just being together on Christmas is enough, but you know you can’t actually show up empty handed. When I’m stumped on what to get for someone, I often turn to candles. They’re beautiful, useful, you can make them right in your kitchen.

Melt up a bunch of these essential oil DIY candles for Holiday gifting this year! Click for all the deets!    Continue Reading →

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Dala Horse Ornaments & Gift Toppers

If you’re in a wrapping rut this season, try these simple clay Dala Horses which easily take gifts from blah to showstopper in about an hour. Write the recipient’s name onto the back, slip under the bow, and you’re all set. Or add a string onto their backs and use them as ornaments! Continue Reading →


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