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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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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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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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The Best Nordic Wallpapers

Amidst our nursery redesign, I spent an embarrassing amount of time looking for Nordic wallpapers. I knew we wanted to take the nursery in a Scandinavian direction, and wallpaper is just such an easy way to introduce it.  As you probably have seen, we chose Nethercote from Hygge & West for our nursery. Though the design is “technically” English-inspired, it still feels very Nordic, and it’s honestly the PERFECT paper for Sylvia’s room. If you’re also looking to add a little Nordic accent to your home, hopefully I can save you some precious Pinterest surfing time by rounding up the papers I fell in love along the way…

If you're looking to add a little Nordic accent to your home, check out our round-up of the best Nordic wallpapers. 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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Natural Holiday Decor Ideas

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Alright, I know we haven’t reached Thanksgiving yet, but after our snowstorm earlier this week (and more snow on the way), I’ve been in the mood to begin preparing for the Holidays. You know that saying “The best designs are often the simplest?” Well in my opinion, Holiday decor is no exception. Continue Reading →


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