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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

December 4th

Meaningful Spaces | Rachel Elizabeth Creates | Thrifty and Chic

December 5th

Pink Peppermint Designs | House Updated | Lindsay Hill Interiors

December 6th

12th + White | The Greenspring Home | Honey Bear Lane

December 7th

Francois et Moi | Beautiful Treasures | LVEB Design

10 In Interiors

No Makeup Home Tour: My Place IRL

When Kyla of House of Hipsters asked if I wanted to be apart of the No Makeup Home Tour she was hosting, it was an immediate ‘yes’ from me. I feel like it’s easy to only share the pretty shots of our homes online, and for the most part I feel like that’s what people follow along for: inspiration. But only posting those perfectly coifed shots, starts to set an unattainable standard of perfection that’s just not feasible if you have a family, actually live in your home, or are a real, live human person. All this to say, here’s a raw look at my house: dirt, cluttered shelves, baby bottles, and cords in all it’s everyday glory. Eat your heart out!
 
A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.
 
Our home is a duplex. This first image is a shot of our foyer where we split between units. The stairs lead to our tenant’s upstairs apartment and turn left from the foyer and you’ll find yourself at the door to our home on the main level. I don’t often use the word ‘unit’ in relation to our space, as it takes any ounce of homey-ness right out of our home. Sometimes I call it the ‘owner’s suite’, but that seems too pretentious for a no-makeup post, so I’m sticking with ‘unit’.
 
I don’t share this space often because we really haven’t touched this area since moving in, other than refinishing the front door, adding a plastic runner to protect the carpet (très chic, oui?), and throwing in a few accessories. The previous owner put in this black slate, which I really actually like, but it’s really tough to keep looking nice as it shows EVERYTHING. I have a pretty Moravian Star on order for in here and one day I’d like to paint it a moody, dark color.
 
 
 
A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.
 
Our unit is small: one hangout space, a modified galley kitchen and one bathroom, so when there’s a big mess in one area, it’s easy to feel like the entire house is a wreck because of the small size we’re working with. We keep our home pretty picked up, but it’s definitely not always styled to the extent that you see it on Instagram. There are toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail, and laundry happening throughout the day, and we don’t live every day with as many throw pillows on our sofa and bed as you see when it’s styled out. 
 
The first living room photo above shows 2 doors. Behind skinny door #1 (on the left) is the coat closet, and behind door #2 (on the right) is the foyer.
 

A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.

Alright, so our bathroom…I cannot even believe I’m posting this, but this is one of the only spaces we haven’t touched, and it’s BAAAD. Needless to say, everything but the tile floors and porcelain tub need to go!

A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.

I keep our office/guestroom pretty sparse, so it’s a blank canvas for working on projects and photographing them along the plain, white wall. I have a collaboration coming up with Sara from The Forest Fern, and so that’s the black tassel project you see hanging on the moveable rack. When I’m photographing projects in here, everything often gets piled on top of itself in the corner with the wall shelves–out of lens view.
 
Guest linens are stored above the murphy bed and all my background substrates (like foam core and matte boards) are stacked vertically next to it.
 
A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.
 
Our bedroom–where do I begin? It’s just kind of a forgotten room that I *hope* to tackle soon. It’s still painted the previous owner’s blah beige, along with the previous owner’s blah beige carpet. I dream of tearing out this carpet, but someone in the last 90 years, laid asbestos faux wood vinyl tile OVER the hardwood floors in here and the nursery. Ugh.
 
A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.
 
Sylvia’s room stays pretty clean these days, because as a 7 month old, her toy situation is still pretty manageable. I have these cute Emily Windfield Martin prints that I want to frame out above the changing table eventually.
 
 
A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.
 
Thanks for stopping by today! I’ve linked to all the uber-inspiring bloggers’ real-life home tours below so make sure to go check them out as well. And a big thank you to House of Hipsters for organizing the tour! I’m hoping to do more IRL peeks in my Instagram stories too, so if you enjoyed today, hop over to Instagram to follow along!
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