This stunning rustic Nordic style home dressed for the holidays is located on a countryside property in the Georgian Bay area of Thornbury, Ontario, Canada. The home is that of Style at Home magazine’s contributing design editor, Christine Hanlon. For her, Christmas is a time for relaxation and escape and spending time with those you love. This 150-year-old house is a second home for Hanlon and her husband and two children, whose home represents an idyllic rural scene straight from a beautiful Christmas card.
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The couple purchased this 3,200 square foot home just three years ago, with only needing some cosmetic updates. For the first year the homeowner worked on creating an inviting look, mixing traditional and vintage elements and a few pops of modern. There was a strong focus on natural materials such as wood, sisal, cotton and linen, which fits with the home’s surrounding environment.
When decorating for the holidays, the home gets a very cozy and unstuffy design aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from the Nordic style of decorating (which generally involves homespun touches, fresh greenery, a low-key color palette and a spotlight on nature), she eschews “fancy-pants sparkle” for something more casual and simple.
Photos: Robin Stubbert for Style at Home
This beautiful original structure was restored by the owner, a book lover who wanted books incorporated into the decor of this apartment in the heart of Madrid, Spain. The owner purchased this apartment because of its excellent location. Regarding the organization of space, the original layout of the house was kept the same and the woodwork restored and reinforcing the presence of some architectural elements as decorative and useful in the reorganization of environments.
The owner kept the decor and furnishings to a minimum and opted for a sober white paint. The goal is to emulate a brand new canvas on which to express their emotions and moods through an interior based on ephemeral pieces. He declared his passion for decoration and is a follower of the latest trends, wanting his own home to be a changing space. This is the reason that occasionally textiles, furniture and ornamental details get renewed from time to time, to give a new twist to the interior of each room.
Facing the most festive time of year, for example, details on the range of red – in its more sober version – take center stage; especially in the form of rugs, cushions, or small ornaments. Decorative light garlands bring an evocative air to certain environments, like the bedroom, so relaxing with its new lighting, that it invites you to keep the classic Christmas ornament throughout the year. Here also plays an important role in cushion colors and pink blanket, directly responsible for the change in decor based on white as a basis for any renewal.
Always looking for renewal, some set pieces are transformed into decoration; furnishings from the 50’s and 60’s of triangular legs and wood are star materials. The kitchen and bathroom, both spaces that are very functional and spacious, with plenty of storage and, once again, with white as a starting point, which facilitates the inclusion of accessories in contrasting colors.
Photos: Mi Casa
This charming holiday home decorated in a chic Nordic style is full of warmth, dressed in a casual and comfortable style, located in a residential area on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. Although there were not any changes made structurally, the owner did have some interior renovations made before moving in, enlisting the help of the company Consultants of Projects and Design as well as interior designer Carolina Verdugo Svensson, who advised on the decor.
The pleasant smell of wood, warm view of the fire in the fireplace, soft feel of textiles tastefully chosen and melodic birdsong garden are elements that awaken the senses and make this house a cozy space. Newly built and open plan loft, his young owner was very clear that his idea was to get a comfortable, cheerful and bright home.
On one level with garden, the house features an open area where living, dining and kitchen are organized, and a partially separated space where there is a en-suite bathroom and dressing room.
In order to further enhance the natural light that enters the garden through the large windows throughout the house-except the floor of the kitchen and bathroom which have tile, natural hard wood flooring was installed, the walls were painted in a tan tone and doors in white. On the other hand, with the idea of maximizing space and providing privacy to the private areas of the home, the designer created custom furniture in the kitchen and to delineate the living room from the bedroom, designed original wooden furniture.
Scandinavian formula: As for the decor, simplicity, harmony and warmth typical of the northern countries of Europe, when decorating their homes are the hallmarks of all environments. Thus, the various rooms are equipped with modern designed furnishings with pieces of vintage air and others made with recovered materials. Meanwhile, textiles with different materials (suede, wool, cashmere) have been responsible for giving a warm and natural touch. This freshness, originality and Nordic style is also reflected in the Christmas decoration based on few but chosen ornaments, made a tree branch with a garden and a detail with a lot of magic: the many candles scattered strategically with its light illuminating all corners.
Photos: Carlos Yagüe for Casadiez
When decorating your modern living room for Christmas, you don’t have to go over the top to get that Christmassy feel, just add a gorgeous tree and a few well-placed decorations. By nature, a living room is meant to be a special place to relax and spend time with family and friends. When decorating this relaxing space, try focusing on the fireplace first, which is usually the main focal point of most living rooms. Decorate the mantle with festive garland, stockings, wreaths, candles, ornaments and other holiday related items. If you don’t have a fireplace, make the Christmas tree your focal point and get creative with hanging your stockings, such as hanging them on the wall or from a shelf or even from a piece of furniture such as a console table. So this holiday season, spend time filling your living room with personal modern touches that will create a festive atmosphere to ring in the New Year. Happy holidays from 1 Kindesign!
These Christmas decorating ideas that we have gathered for you below will have your space overflowing with holiday cheer. If you are still looking for more holiday decorating inspiration, have a look at one of our past articles on Christmas decorating ideas for small spaces 50 Christmas decorating ideas to create a stylish home and Five warming interior designs for your living room this Christmas.
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This fabulous holiday decorated home is that of Mary Carol Garrity, the entrepreneur behind Nell Hill’s home decor shop, located in Atchison, Kansas. The owner shares a tour of her festive Christmas decorated home and some excellent tips that may work in your home! In the image above, the front door sets an elegant tone, greeting guests with a square wreath and tidy topiaries in urns.
Aim High: A tree in an urn on a table adds drama, especially in a high-ceilinged room.
Splurge on stair rails: Go all-out with garland, a chandelier and other sparkly accessories.
Create vignettes: Small vignettes, such as this one with pinecones, nuts and cinnamon sticks in crystal apéritif glasses on a silver tray, add surprising and sparkling detail to a room.
Display heirlooms: Heirloom silver pieces make a pretty holiday tableau with family photos and ornaments.
Think small: Holiday decorating doesn’t have to be elaborate. This tiny natural arrangement in a clear bowl reinforces the season in a big way.
Decorated kitchen: Black-and-white ribbons echo this kitchen’s color scheme, dressing the chandelier and chair backs for Christmas.
Use what you have: A use-what-you-have philosophy inspired a creamer “vase” hung from a chandelier.
Try slipcovers: Skirted slipcovers dress up living room chairs for the holidays.
Decorate a headboard: Faux candy letters spell “Christmas” on a headboard.
Bedeck a mirror: A guest bedroom mirror invites sugarplum dreams.
Try a tabletop tree: A tabletop tree and basket of presents await in the den.
Give warmth to a porch: Hot chocolate warms up conversations on the holiday-bedecked screen porch.
Decorate a birdbath: A birdbath overflows with large ornaments, berries and greens.
Photos: Midwest Living
If you’re thinking of decorating your home in a Nordic Christmas theme this year, we have numerous ideas you can use to help create a fun and festive scheme. The Nordic theme has elements which are taken straight from nature such as stags, and a color palette or white, cream, pale blue, green and reds is are common hues in Nordic Christmas decor. You will find that some of the most decorative ideas can be crafted from items that you already own around your home. Thinking outside the box is as much Scandi tradition as white washed walls, and with Christmas being a very expensive time of the year, it puts the focus firmly back to experience and atmosphere making the holiday season so bright. Have a look in your cupboards for inspiration, such as small glasses for tealight holders. Then find a beautiful tray to display them, the light will create magical shadows, putting you in the Christmas spirit.
White walls can serve as a stunning backdrop for red ribbons and green wreaths, with a complete transformation taking place by bringing in some nature from outdoors. Traditional fairisle print in red and white will bring in plenty of Christmas spirit, and the exquisite simplicity of candlelight is an artform our Nordic neighbors have mastered. Nordic decorations make the most beautiful impact through their quiet, sophisticated simplicity. While candlelight flickers in your home and catches the colors of the season, from red berries and green garlands to rustic wooden decorations, it’s not hard to understand the popularity of a Nordic Christmas scheme. So this year, why not look to your garden, parks and green spaces for inspiration, perhaps taking a few cuttings to add some festive Nordic delight to your home.
For further inspiration or for more decorative Scandi ideas, have a look at one of our past articles on 73 Brilliant Scandinavian Christmas decorating ideas and an Old farmhouse with Nordic Christmas spirit in France! We would love to see your Nordic-inspired decorations, so please share links in the comments below!
If you don’t have a fireplace at home, there are plenty of alternatives to hanging your traditional wreaths and stockings. They look just as good on the wall as they do above a fireplace, you can even add your own little touches with pretty accessories such as wooden hearts and ribbons, as the image demonstrates above. Feeling creative? Try making your own wooden shapes, such as hearts and stars, which can also make fabulous holiday gift tags. If you don’t want to care for real plants or trees, try fake one, which are lower maintenance and can be brought out yearly.
Set the scene with colorful and crisp trimmings — from store-bought straw stars to mock “cross-stitched” ornaments (get the how-tos). Completing the look: a tree skirt of sheepskin and gifts in solid-hued paper.
No Nordic home would be complete at Christmas without an Advent calendar to count down the days to Christmas Eve.
Try hanging your decorations from a large twig or branch by attaching it to the wall with a couple of hooks (such as 3M hooks). Hook your ornaments onto the branches and hang above the fireplace mantle, over a dining table or even above a doorway.
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Whether you have a beautiful cozy cabin or an urban home, decorating with a rustic Christmas style can create a warm and inviting holiday retreat, both welcoming and relaxing after a cold winter’s day. We have gathered together a collection of rustic Christmas decorations for you to use as inspiration and ideas in your holiday decorating scheme. Incorporating a rustic feel into your decor involves using a lot of pine cones, wood, bark and burlap. You can create a lot of DIY holiday decor with rustic, such as burlap ball ornaments, mason jars filled with candles and other holiday embellishments, garlands of wood slices, bark ornaments, they are simple to make and look stunning. Rustic accents can easily be incorporated by adding natural accents, such as filling a hurricane or glass bowl mixed with seasonal fruits and greens, mixed nuts, pine cones and Christmas ornaments. Don’t forget wreaths comprised of fir tree branches, plaid bows, acorns, pine cones, wood slices, or even candy! Decorate with wood candle holders, star wooden ornaments, pine cone decorations and your rustic Christmas will be truly unforgettable!
If you are still looking for further Christmas decorating inspiration, have a look at some of our past articles on 66 Inspiring ideas for Christmas lights in the bedroom and 50 Christmas decorating ideas to create a stylish home.
Reclaimed Wood: Use reclaimed wood, nails, and ornaments to make this rustic calendar.
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Outdoor Christmas decorations help to make the outside of your home as ready for the holiday season as the inside, creating a festive atmosphere to welcome holiday guests into your home. Make your property stand out and be the best decorated on the block with our holiday-inspired ideas for outdoors. These incredible decorations will put you in the holiday spirit, whether you are looking for winter wreaths, lanterns, beautiful Christmas greenery, festive outdoor lighting displays, or Christmas porch displays or door decorations, our collection will help you make a holiday statement on your yard. Are Christmas lights and window decorations more your style? We have plenty of ideas for outdoor Christmas lights, including large displays, garlands, and LED lights of all colors. Our ideas for outdoor Christmas decorating ranges from traditional to modern, but all are easy to put together.
To boost your holiday curb appeal even further, check out our past article on Front Porch Christmas Decorating Ideas that help you dress up your yard or front porch with pretty accents like reindeer and outdoor Christmas trees that last from fall through the holidays.
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Just because you have a lack of space in your home or apartment, doesn’t mean you still can’t get festive for the holidays and decorate your space with some creativity and a little imagination. There are plenty of smart solutions for holiday decor that can help you to save the space decorating for Christmas and not to clutter it. You can create a non-traditional Christmas tree that can be affixed to the wall or even a door, or just add some branches in a vase – decorate them with ornaments and voila! Hang string lights from the ceiling, frame a mirror, mantel, doorway or other objects. Hang ornaments from the ceiling, from real or faux plants or trees, or put them right into the lamp base instead of vases, which will save lots of space and make your home look festive. Use every inch of usable space for decor including sides of furniture, walls, ceilings, windows and window sills and your space won’t feel cluttered.
There’s no need to downsize your holiday expectations with a small space to decorate. Our space-saving ideas bring the merriment of Christmas into even the tiniest corners, thanks to simple accents like miniature Christmas trees, homemade garlands, and shiny decorative accents. Have a look below and you will see what we are talking about!
Need some more Christmas ideas? Have a look at some of our past articles such as, 50 Christmas decorating ideas to create a stylish home and 73 Brilliant Scandinavian Christmas decorating ideas.
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This beautifully updated farmhouse was built in 1935, located on 17 acres of land including a small stream, an old apple orchard and horse stables in Nordsjælland, Denmark. Designer Lotte Minch and her husband Pedro Heyman live in this wonderful home that has been decorated for the holidays. The designer likes to decorate the home with spruce, pine branches and pine cones, all found objects from around her property. Six years ago, the couple acquired the 5,920 square feet (550 square meters) large property on two floors with white windows, black woodwork in the gables and red tile roofs. The original building was built in 1935 but expanded by the original owner with large picture windows facing the woods in 1970.
The public spaces of the kitchen, dining room and living room are on the ground floor, while the master bedroom, bathroom, office and guest room is located up under the charming sloping walls on the first floor. Lotte Minch, who besides being designer also holds the kitchen and interior design company Vivre, was responsible for the extensive interior renovation of the house. “We are a big family who often gather around large or small parties, so I have put the focus on having a spacious kitchen and a large dining room with seating for at least 14 people”, explains the designer.
The overall color scheme throughout the home is black and white, complemented with natural and brown. Walls, ceilings, doors and windows are kept white, while the parquet floors in the living rooms are stained brown to black. In the kitchen and the bathrooms, the floor is made of black glossy concrete.
The black and white contrasts are reflected in the choice of furniture and other accessories for the home space where Lotte Minch among other things designed and then had specially made a series of furniture in solid African teak, as demonstrated in the wooden shelves , bookshelves, small tables and an impressive large dining table.
Photos: BO BEDRE
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