Merry Christmas! I’m so excited to invite you in to have a peek at our Christmas Home Tour for 2015. Grab a cup of tea and come in, you are most welcome.
Outside we’ve gone with a rustic natural look, in keeping with our theme this year. Find out how to make the Little House Wreath here.
It’s been so fun to put this years Christmas decorations together. I’ve been inspired this year by all things Scandinavian, and tried to bring that airy, white, rustic, kind of minimalist feel into our home for Christmas. It’s so relaxing and easy to live with.
The hardest part about trying to do a Scandi influenced look this year was knowing when to stop -but the simplicity is certainly part of it’s charm.
We’ve incorporated lots of white, sheep skin, antlers and candles, candles and more candles. We’re celebrating the light in these dark and short days. And we’ve tried to bring the outdoors in, with lots of greenery, pinecones, and birch.
Our little console table has a pretty black metal tree, with a few simple ornaments on it.
Lots of pretty pinecones this year -including these bleached ones, tutorial coming soon.
And, lots of fresh pine, gathered on afternoon walks in the woods behind our house -lots of fun exploring for me.
Our little bar cart is set up for Christmas visitors.
I had fun incorporating some tissue balls this year…and a few disco balls. Love the contrast of the rustic and simple with the sparkle of the mirrored balls.
And I’ve also had fun incorporating some pretty geometrics -to keep things up to date.
The wall hanging is a simple birch branch and wire lights. I made a few wool tassels for it.
I made a simple little Advent candle wreath, with more fresh pine.
My wooden dough bowl -a fun find at a fall antique show, is dressed up for it’s first Christmas with us, and has definitely become a new favourite.
The dining room table has a pretty rustic 100 year old plank as it’s centrepiece. You can see it all set for Christmas dinner here, I removed the cloth and dishes and left the runner for a casual everyday look over the holidays.
The dining room leads into the living room. I’ve dressed the stairs with a simple fresh pine garland. And this year, for the first time since I was a kid, we have a real tree.
I think I’d forgot how perfectly imperfect a real tree is.
Going for that Scandi feel, I’ve tried hard not to over do it on the tree. No garland this year, in a simple galvanized pail, and surrounded by some sheep skins.
The decorations are white glass balls, pretty pinecones, some woodsy mushrooms, and rustic wooden balls. On the top, a simple geometric star, I made out of some straws, wire, and gold paint.
I also picked up these pretty gold arrows, in the scrapbook embellishment section of the craft store and turned them into Christmas decorations.
My favourite on the tree are these pretty metal geometric ornaments -a garland from Target that I took apart and used as individual ornaments.
I love the simple Christmas mantel too.
Sometimes simple is best.
What could be nicer than curling up by the fire on a cold winter’s night, under the glow of the Christmas tree? Nothing.
Especially with some Christmas cookies and a family board game.
Over on the couch, a collection of pillows and a good book await.
This pretty tray has become a bit of a favourite too. I love lighting the candles in the evening. I picked up the candles as a little birthday gift to myself last month, and I’m loving them.
Across the room is the pretty little paper village Advent calendar I made for my girls.
They are enjoying finding a little joke and Christmas riddle each day.
Above the table, a new little project; some simple wooden Christmas art -tutorial coming soon.
“God Jul” is Merry Christmas is Swedish.
And last but not least, our sunny little kitchen.
A simple reminder on the chalk board to “Have yourself a Merry little Christmas” -written by my youngest daughter.
And on the table, a collection of some pretty plants -because it’s so nice to have something green and living this time of year, and the paper whites smell so pretty when I come down in the morning.
The view out the kitchen widow is to the forest behind our house, and the birch trees that look so beautiful this time of year.
Thanks so much for coming by, and having a peek at my Scandi inspired simple Christmas tour.
I truly hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas, celebrating the light that’s come into our darkness.
With the house all ready to receive our friends and family over the holidays, life really is a party!
I’m linking up to Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk 2015 Link Party.