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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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2 In DIY/ Interiors

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 →

3 In DIY

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!

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5 In DIY

DIY Holiday Tassel Garland with The Forest Fern

I have a handful of Holiday decorations that I look forward to bringing out each year. (We’re big on Scandinavian traditions at this house.) That said, I do also try to add new pieces into the mix each year to keep things fresh and festive. Last year, the cedar archway garland was the main event, and this year, I’ve teamed up with incredibly talented fiber artist, Sara Banner of The Forest Fern, to share a fun and easy project for Holiday decorating.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

Sara is a devoted macrame + tapestry genius and a wealth of knowledge in all things fiber-related. I’ve been a fan of Sara’s beautiful work for over a year now and was lucky to meet and work with her while she was in Minneapolis last Summer. Together we created a modern tassel garland tutorial for draping across windows, the fireplace mantel and even the Christmas tree. Let’s get tasseling, shall we? Read on for the how-to on this smart, easy project!

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

Materials:

  • Single Strand Cotton String – we used 6mm Black Cotton from Niroma Studio
  • Scissors
  • Hair brush, pet brush or wide toothed comb
  • 3-4 various colors of yarn
  • Thin cotton string (such as baker’s twine)
  • Tapestry needle

1. Construct Tassels. Cut 6 pieces of cotton string roughly 20″ long. Divide the 6 strands into two groups of three. Tie one laynard knot via the video explanation. The video clip details the knot using just two pieces of yarn for demonstration purposes. You’ll use all 6 strands of cotton when tying the knot.

2. Gather the strings in your fist just below the laynard knot and start your first Wrapping Knot. Use a different color yarn of your choosing to form a “U” shape at the base of the knot leaving one tail end out at the top of the “U”. Place your thumb midway up the “U” shape to hold the yarn in place while you wrap the other end around the tassel in a clockwise motion, keeping your rows spaced next to one another.

3. Continue tightly wrapping the yarn around the base of the knot forming a band of color. Tie off the yarn by threading the end through the loop created in Step 2. Then while holding the yarn end with one hand, pull the upper yarn end that was formed in Step 2 with your other hand. As you pull the upper yarn, the loop will eventually disappear underneath the wrapped yarn band. Trim yarn ends close to the tassel.

4. Repeat Steps 2 & 3 to wrap additional color bands around the tassel.

5. Gather the tassel string ends in your fist and trim to a uniform length.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

6. Use a brush to separate string into individual yarns. Keep on brushing until the strings separate and are straight (yes, this can take some time!). Then give the yarns an additional trim for uniformity.

7. Repeat Steps 1-7 for additional tassels.

8. Measure the length of your window or fireplace mantle and double this measurement. Cut baker’s twine to this length, and thread the tapestry needle.

9. Thread tassels onto the baker’s twine through the center of the tassel head. Space them out evenly on the string, and hang up your garland!

Follow Sara on Instagram for loads more inspiration and info on her upcoming events + flash sales.

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DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

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How to Tie the Perfect Ribbon Gift Bow (Video!)

 

I'm sharing the secret to making poufy ribbon gift bows for gifts, and it's easier than you think!

In case you guys are wrapping up gifts this week, I wanted to share this fancy, but deceptively easy bow trick I picked up as a 16-year-old while working at a candy shop making gift baskets around the Holidays. (My second job ever!) I still remember the day I learned this. It was such an a-ha! moment, and I thought to myself ‘OHHHH so that’s how they do it! Weird thoughts for a teenager? Probably.  What can I say though except: different strokes. Continue Reading →

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8 Ways to Prepare Your Guest Room for Holiday Hosting

Do you guys have people coming to stay for the Holidays? My sister was in town the first week of December celebrating for the Holidays, so we had our guest space in good working order a bit earlier than usual. With the Holidays approaching at lightning speed (seems like anyways!) I thought I’d share some of the things we kept in mind while preparing the room for her arrival, just in case you have people coming to stay too!

If you're expecting company, you'll want to check out our tips to prepare your guest room. Click for the full run-down! Continue Reading →

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4 DIY Favorites of Christmas Past

Making things for my home is probably one of my favorite things to do and especially so around the Holidays, as the projects are often created along with or for loved ones. And there just seems to be an added element of tradition, nostalgia, and memory-making that goes along with each handcrafted piece. Here are four of my DIY favorites from over the years:

Four of my all time favorite DIYs of Christmas past. Click for the round-up! Continue Reading →


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