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
The stately and quiet elegance of this Christmas decorated home with a beautiful restored structure in Barcelona, Spain, supports the warmly festive halo that surrounds it. The home features fun and cheerful Christmas details of natural finishes that will blends in with the decor.
Subtle Christmas Decorations: Simplicity lovers choose outside colors mixed with traditional festive decor. Natural wood and neutral tones decorate the living room.
A Versatile Lounge: This beautiful living space seems to be in constant movement and above all functional. With several auxiliary elements, with tables that can also be used as seats.
There are a mixture of coordinated styles of diversity and eclecticism, combining parts of different origin. Here a classical rug and an Alpine stool form a single corner.
Fir branches are used as a substitute for the traditional Christmas tree. Placed on a base, or even in a glass vase, decorate on their own. Aged gold and silver ornaments work great.
A Dining Room for a Special Event: For dress up party tables there are tablecloths of natural fabrics, fall to the ground. Combined with ornaments of fiber or wood and chairs that offer a very successful soft aesthetic.
Pure Simplicity in the Dining Room: Decoration based on clean and lightweight elements enrich the table. Here, a few cups of glass are used as candle holders as dim lighting for a party table. Placed on heart-shaped coasters, the result is perfect.
The kitchen highlights the successful combination of materials: wood, steel and marble.
The dining room and kitchen are open to each other for convenience when entertaining.
The bedroom, a private retreat: The master bedroom was installed in one of the most beautiful rooms of the house. Independent by an impressive wooden and glass door, it boasts beautiful wood, a wonderful mosaic floor and unique moldings.
A desk in the gazebo: As well as showing off a surprising structure, this room has a warm annex by way of a vantage point, ideal to locate the work area.
Advent wreath: A heart as an advent wreath decorates the bedroom door.
Bathroom with pieces of the past: The old spirit of the house is reflected with intensity in the bathroom where, without forgetting modern conveniences, opted for a retro deco look with vintage, painting the walls with cobalt blue and using an old style curtain rod.
Photos: Mi Casa
One of the greatest things about Christmas is surely hunkering down in front of a roaring fire, should you be lucky enough to have one. Picture the scene: you’re resplendent in your favorite Christmas outfit, glass of mulled wine in one hand, mince pie in the other while the snow falls steadily outside . . . Okay, we can’t guarantee a White Christmas by any means, we can help you to transform your living room into a sanctuary of warmth, coziness and festive cheer.
A comfortable sofa is a prerequisite in any living room – you’re never going to be able to relax on a wooden bench or an alleged ‘design-classic’ chair, so you may as well go all out and choose a plush sofa you can really sink into and lose yourself. Consider getting two for the price of one and opting for a stylish sofa bed – that way, you can flake out if you’ve tucked into too much turkey or if you fancy a festive film. Don’t forget to strew your sofa liberally with copious cushions for additional comfort and joy.
A cosy throw draped over your sofa adds a tasteful and toasty touch to a living room (and can hide a multitude of sins). Snuggle down and relax on your sofa bed under a Christmas Knitted Heart Throw – its festive red-and-white colour scheme will add an instant seasonal feel to your room and you’ll struggle to extricate yourself from its fuzzy warmth. If you’re more inclined towards neutral colors, a soft, pale brown knitted throw is both snug and sophisticated.
Adorn your carpets or un-cozy wooden floors with an expansive rug or two – they’re perfect for padding around on in your socks and will add extra warmth to your living room. Choose a long, slender runner if you have a corridor with naked floorboards and consider investing in a large, soft pile rug for the space in front of the fireplace.
If you’re looking for soft and ambient lighting, fluorescent strip lights are never going to be quite the job. Always opt for soft lighting in your living room – table or floor lamps emanate a warm glow which is lustrous but never overpowering. String up a few rows of twinkling festive fairy lights around the room and you will be filled with immediate festive cheer.
You might be surprised at how a few small touches around your living room can create a big impact. Candles at Christmas symbolize good cheer and celebration and are a great way of instantly creating mood lighting. You could create a candle display around your fireplace or on the mantelpiece, accompanying it with holly and berries, pine cones and ribbons. A cinnamon-and-nutmeg-scented candle will make you want to positively devour your living room with its evocative Christmas scent. If you’re nervous about fire hazards, LED pillar candles are a good alternative – they run on batteries and look surprisingly like the real thing with their soft, flickering ‘flames’. Finally, festoon the place with festive flora – in addition to a Christmas tree you could include a few poinsettia or amaryllis plants to complete the splashes of color and warmth in the room.
Follow some of these simple, affordable tips and you’ll have a home that’s the very definition of Christmas cheer in no time!
What is it about Christmas lights that creates an ambiance that is so warm and welcoming? When you walk into a room they give off an air of magical wonderment and even though they are inexpensive, they can instantly make a space feel cozy and romantic. String lights create an atmosphere that we just can’t help but want to be in and around. So, why not get inspired by this amazing collection that we have put together for you and add them to your bedroom scheme? We have already featured for you some other decorating ideas using Christmas lights around your home, such as Amazing front porch Christmas decorating ideas, and Christmas decorating ideas to create a stylish home. Now its time to move into the bedroom, an often forgotten about space to decorate for the holidays! If you want to adorn your bedroom with Christmas lights, not only can they be used to decorate for the holiday season, but they can also stay up all year round if they fit in with your decor.
String lights can be used to decorate just about any bedroom in your home, from the master bedroom retreat, to a guest room, children’s bedrooms to a bachelor pad or even a dorm room. There are numerous ways they can be incorporated into your design scheme, from draping them over a footboard to adding them into a headboard; they can be placed around a mirror, along the ceiling or even around a window. To create an inviting space, pair string lights with sheer white curtains and hang them around the bed. This combination will generate a slightly enclosed and super romantic ambiance. Have a look at the pictures below to get some creative ideas to hang holiday lights in your bedroom to make it cozy and even romantic, enjoy!
Add a touch of romance to your bedroom with a piece of fabric to use as a billowy canopy with twinkle lights.
Hang pictures with clothes pins on your twinkle lights to illuminate them.
Craft a headboard with twinkle lights, perfect throughout the year!
This room is a converted attic space. The platform holds two full size mattresses. Behind the bed is a ledge. The fronts of the ledge are hinged to use as storage and also to access the plugs on the wall.
This renovation of an old hunting cabin by Sandra Foster into a 9 x 14 beautiful Victorian cottage can be seen in more detail here.
A principal bedroom in an historic home with an interior inspired by past and present. A fusion of traditional and contemporary pieces sit comfortably together against a deep blue background. Seasonal decor adds sparkle and atmosphere.
Add a touch of Christmas to your bedroom with LIAMARIA pillowcases and STRÅLA lights from Ikea!
Don’t forget to decorate the guest bedroom! Marianne from SongBirdBlog suggests not overlooking any room when it comes to Christmas decorating. Stockings on the headboard, a little tree and some lights add the perfect touch to her Scandinavian-mountain-cabin style decor.
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This old farmhouse in the Pyrenees Mountains, France has been decorated for the holidays in a Nordic spirit because it snows heavily in the winter. This Nordic appearance permeates every corner of the house. The owners transformed this 18th century residence in their principal home after a thorough reform. The home had no electricity or running water and being an old country house, the stables were located on the ground floor, the foundations were of great concern. It was an absolute ruin, but with the help of architects Ferran Vila Barceló and Ferran Vila Franch, the house was recovered to its former glory and modernized to be comfortable and cozy.
We knew the owner wanted to preserve as much original appearance. We take everything we could underpinning and reinforcing the old structure and recovering and recycling the damaged materials. Even small, useless to hold the deck beams were used in the ceiling of the rooms, to beautify the windows, in the bathroom mirror or for part of the furniture … A challenge! Many of the furnishings as we made our own designs, using, for example , old pieces of wood from old doors, they could no longer fulfill its original function.
Would you like to spend Christmas in this house?
Spread out on two levels, the bedrooms were located on the top — with direct access from the outside — is an open space that houses the kitchen, dining and great room opened . “The kitchen is one of the jewels of the house. We both like to cook and invite our friends. It was imperative to have a space in which many people live and be attractive, warm and effective. ” Designed by the firm Tenuee, the structure of the furniture is made of solid oak front doors and drawers were made with ancient wooden boats from the Japara area in Indonesia. ” We had a hard time finding what we wanted. We are young and we wanted to choose something casual with which to identify and to contrast without attracting much attention with the rest of the house.”
The rest of the decor is simple and rustic Nordic breathes with certain strokes. “Ceilings with exposed beams, stone walls, old wood, natural fabrics, shades of cream, pickled … We were attracted to a lot of furniture, materials and unique pieces in which the passage of time becomes apparent.” The comfortable bedroom has solid wood beamed ceilings, sweetened by fir branches, pine cones and wreaths spread out on the antique furnishings.
Photos: El Mueble
Beautiful, private mountain retreats, with cozy living spaces, plenty of warm colors, and fireplaces are the perfect place to burrow for the winter holidays. Retreating to one of these cozy spaces, you can plan your whole day completely devoted to reading in front of the fire, curling up with a good book and watching the snow fall through floor-length windows, with a mug of hot cocoa in hand. We have put together for you an extensive collection of snowy retreats that will help put you in the mood of Christmas, wherever in the world you live. Some of the retreats we have featured have links to view the entire home if you would like further inspiration. Be prepared to be blown away by these fabulous homes. If you prefer burrowing in blankets of chenille to blankets of snow, these contemporary winter getaways boasting sweeping views will be right up your alley!
This light-filled living room owned by Estee Lauder’s global creative director, Aerin Lauder, is a fabulous getaway for the winter. Floor-to-ceiling windows, awesome 60s-inspired rattan chairs, and throws and pillows make the white and natural space warm and personal in Aspen, Colorado.
In Montana’s Yellowstone Club, a getaway home showcases the Old West vernacular with an industrial edge. To see more of this spectacular home, check here.
Four-Cornered Villa is an 840 square foot home situated on a horse shoe shaped island in Virrat, Finland.
This alpine chalet is a contemporary barnlike structure located on a cul-de-sac in a private ski club development in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Ceilings that reach for the stars belong in a home with plenty of windows and bring the outdoors in, sans the uncomfortable cold and wet aftermath of actually being outdoors. A cantilevered fireplace is the showstopper here, keeping you warm when you do head home after a day on the slopes.
Nottawasaga Bay in Ontario, Canada looks like a fine place to cozy up with a book. A stark contrast to the black exterior, the snow-white interior boasts a minimalist, frameless fireplace, and an assortment of furniture with ultra-sleek lines.
This super stunning concrete mountain retreat captures snowy views at every turn in Snowmass, Colorado. The rest of the home can be viewed here.
Enjoying mountain views throughout this home in the old village of Sugar Bowl in Norden, California, the windows frame views of horizontal snow drifts and vertical stands of pine trees. To see more of this stunning home, have a look here.
This contemporary Lower Foxtail Residence hovers in the pines stretching laterally to take full advantage of the bold mountain views in Big Sky, Montana.
At 15,000 square feet, this contemporary mountain home in Aspen, Colorado’s exclusive Star Mesa enclave is warm and approachable from the start, as can be seen here.
This gorgeous modern mountain home is set amongst the woods in Martis Camp, North Lake Tahoe. The rest of the home can be viewed here.
Nestled into the mountainside, with spectacular views of the resort and surrounding scenery, Chalet Trois Couronnes is a private Alpine Estate in Verbier, Swiss Alps, Switzerland.
This snowy retreat was constructed of steel, concrete, timber and locally quarried stone, built within the scenic Australian mountains in one of Victoria’s premier ski resorts, the Dinner Plain Village, overlooking Mount Hotham.
“Ski On Home” is a single-family home built for a young family of four avid skiers and snowboarders (mom and dad are also both world-class skydivers). It is located on the main ski run in Squaw Valley, CA and nestled into the mountain, naturally protected by the earth from avalanches and other extreme weather. The year-round residence has ski-in / ski-out access on all levels and sleeps up to 17 guests at a time (extended family and a constellation of friends).
This incredibly stunning modern rustic mountain retreat was built as a family compound in Telluride, Colorado, which can be viewed here.
When you have a kitchen like this, bake up a storm for your friends that come to visit you during the holidays. The huge floor-to-ceiling window will make you feel like you are in the great snowy outdoors sans the cold weather.
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It’s that time of the year again to get started decorating your front porch and front door for Christmas, welcoming your guests into your holiday home. With plenty of festivities over the winter holidays, you want to make sure your home looks its best, and the best way to get started is with your entrance. There are numerous ways to decorate your front porch and spread a festive atmosphere and holiday joy all around. Either done by yourself or with family, we are providing you with creative ideas of Christmas porch decorations to help you get inspired. Porch decorations usually include garlands, staircases, wreaths and any other suitable items for the place around your homestead. Even if you’re living in a narrow place where you don’t have much of a porch, you can create a bright look on your doorway with the simplest homemade ornaments.
For the best looks, always begin your work with wreaths and some garlands. They are the simplest ornaments and they can provide you with some sudden ideas while fixing them. Try buying garlands with fine ornaments or making them at home with glitter Christmas balls, organza flowers and glitter pinecones. Use artificial greenery and spray some Christmas scents to generate a stunning impact for anyone entering into your house. Light displays can be the most important thing to include within your arrangements; they give a wonderful look, and showcase many bright colors to highlight your holiday home.
Once you sweep away all those fall leaves and put away the fall decor, how will you dress your front door for the holidays? Have a look at all of the inspiration we have gathered together for you. Once you are done, get inspired to decorate indoors, have a look at some of our past articles to help get you started, Christmas decorating ideas to create a stylish home and Brilliant Scandinavian Christmas decorating ideas. Enjoy and happy holidays!
Urn planters could play a good role too. Bring some wide red ribbon and make a huge bow tie around the urn then place on top some pinecones and colorful balls; use artificial Christmas branches if you wish. Wrap the long garlands around your front porch pillars and hang the smaller ones with small bow-ribbons over your homestead fences. Use the same ideas with your front door to hang the garlands from the ceiling and fix them all around the door. Display much light on the same positions to enhance the look.
A bright red door means you’re halfway there without any decorations. This one uses a star in lieu of a wreath, while a long swag and lighted potted trees frame the door.
Celebrate the holidays with fresh greenery around your front door. You may have to drag your family and guests in as they linger on your front porch surrounded in the wonderful scent of cedar and pine.
Celebrate winter with ice skates and a vintage sled. Monogrammed stockings are a whimsical touch and look great filled with greenery.
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Scandinavian Christmas decorating can create a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere in your holiday home. We all have some typical style for decorating our homes for Christmas each year, but why not try something totally new this holiday season? In the past we have featured Scandinavian style Christmas homes such as, Beautiful Scandinavian Christmas home, Beautiful Norway home with Scandinavian interiors and School house converted into fabulous family home, where you can find some additional inspiration. We have gathered together for you a vast collection of an assortment of Scandinavian-inspired holiday interiors that will help you to emulate your own Nordic Christmas.
For a classic holiday with a fresh twist, go Scandinavian with homespun touches in red, white and wheat. Create a pleasing mix of creams, whites, silver, gold and reds, which offers such a clean approach to holiday decorating. It feels fresh, yet comfortable in a way that simply modern style can struggle with. Scandinavia is comprised of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (and usually Finland and Iceland) and thus has a wonderful European flair intertwined with deep-rooted history. There is a definite focus on nature and the use of greenery, candle light and handmade treasures. Where it differs from homespun decorating is, again, the use of light colors and keeping accessories to a minimum. Simplicity is the key to carrying off a true Scandinavian decor scheme, nothing too flashy or glitzy.
Deck the table with sprigs of green. Looking for supersimple table decoration ideas? Try this: Snip branch tips from your Christmas tree (or use rosemary branches) and place one in a clear glass votive at each place. Sprinkle a handful of small vintage ornaments in silver and gold randomly down the center of the table, and ground the arrangement with a few tall candles.
Decorate a mini Christmas tree. When you put up the big tree, snip off a piece of branch (from a place that won’t be noticeable) and place it in water to create a pint-size Christmas tree for the tabletop. It could be placed in the guest room to welcome holiday visitors.
Create this playful reindeer project with a couple of corrugated cardboard boxes and a handy template that can be found here.
Make a scrap-wood Advent calendar. Feeling crafty? Try creating a Nordic-style tree out of small wood scraps. It would look beautiful on its own, either painted or left bare, but you can also attach small packages to turn it into an Advent calendar.
Embellish branches. Another way to bring in a touch of the woods is with an armful of bare branches. Simply plunk them in a nice big vase (no water needed) and attach ornaments, holiday cards, or any embellishments you wish.
Dress the table in red and white. If you already have a set of basic white dishes and table linens, all you need to re-create this look are a few red accents. If you use items that are not too holiday-specific, you can reuse most of the items throughout the year.
Hang delicate window wreaths. Welcome visitors in from the cold with candlelight and simple green wreaths hung from each window. You can create these quite easily using wreath forms from a local crafts supply shop and greenery snipped from the trees outside.
Set the scene with a smorgasbord of cool, 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.
A row of sweater stockings — stitched up quickly from secondhand cable knits — are ready to be stuffed with presents, while silver glass holders glow on the mantel (for safety, use LED candles). Store-bought and homemade wheat wreaths, staggered on the wall above. To make these clever stockings, use old sweaters from your basement or a consignment shop.
Plant paperwhites. Any sort of blooming flowers are most welcome in winter, and the delicate white blooms of paperwhites look especially fitting alongside natural holiday decor. Cluster pots full of the blooming bulbs in the center of the dining table or along a buffet or entry table. Just be aware that paperwhites have a strong fragrance once in full bloom, so if you are sensitive to flower fragrances, you might want to choose a different plant.
To make this no-fuss natural centerpiece, loosely cinch craft-store wheat stalks with red and white ribbon. Place faux snow inside clear glass vases and nestle stalks on top. Surround with almonds in the shell and evergreen cuttings for easy organic elegance.
Use twinkle lights liberally. Don’t limit yourself to the tree — white Christmas lights (with white cords) can be draped on shelves and mantels, coiled inside glass vessels or wooden birdcages, or hung vertically in the corner of a room. Covered twinkle lights make lovely accents, too, so keep an eye out for interesting versions.
Bring in the woods with potted tree cuttings. Cluster a group of vintage containers and fill them with fresh tree cuttings for a display that will last for months when cared for properly.
Throw a Scandinavian-inspired holiday fete. Looking for something different to spice up your holiday party this year? Get inspired by Scandinavian traditions and serve spiced cookies along with warm glogg instead of eggnog, or light real candles on the tree — just be sure to use a fresh tree and have someone standing by to douse flames if need be!
When in doubt, add a sheepskin. Whether you choose faux or the real deal, sheepskins are incredibly effective at cozifying any space. Place one where you can sink your toes into it upon waking in the morning, drape one over your sofa or place one at every seat around the dining table. Just looking at them will make you feel warmer.
Stick with a simple palette. Much of the appeal of the Scandinavian approach to decorating comes from the pared-down, neutral palette. Putty gray, natural wood and white plus a metallic hue create a peaceful mood; red, white and wood are cheery and fun.
Decorate with cut wood. Wood in all its forms is an essential element of Scandinavian decorating at all times of year, and even more so during winter. f you have a working fireplace or woodstove, you can make an attractive and useful display with the logs you plan to use, such as placing them in a large basket.
Make an ice wreath. This unique Scandinavian tradition would be the perfect project for a snowy day, and it would look splendid outside at a holiday party. Just fill a container with water, then place a second smaller container inside it. Use a few rocks in the smaller container to displace water until the top is roughly at water level, then gently arrange leaves, berries and acorns in the water below. Set the containers outdoors to freeze overnight, then unmold.
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This stunning Christmas decorated home was originally an old dairy built in 1750, now a family home for a couple with four children in Nordsjælland, Denmark. The 4,036 square foot (375 square meters) two level wood-paneled villa features a a unique fireplace where all the magic starts for the holiday season. Christmas starts in early November, decorating to the tunes of Ella Fitzgeralds beautiful versions of American Christmas carols. The family celebrates in the traditional way with family, always starting with an Old Fashion, a special Christmas drink of freshly squeezed orange juice, brown sugar and various strong alcohol that livens the Christmas mood. Also, in fact, a drink that is served at the Manor House of Broløkke during the Christmas month. As much as the family loves tradition, up until last year, there will never be silver tinsel on the Christmas tree!
Christmas decorating your home should be all about bringing the spirit of Christmas into the spaces throughout your interiors. As we get closer to the holiday season and it is time to start thinking about how you are going to decorate your home. It’s time to turn your home into a miniature festival of joy, get into the holiday spirit! We have gathered together a vast assortment of beautiful holiday interiors featuring charming decor for every room in your home. If you would like to see more, be sure to check out a few of our past inspiring homes that feature Christmas decorating ideas, such as Beautifully decorated Christmas home in Norway and School house converted into fabulous family home.
Transforming your home into any style that you desire can create a warm, cozy and colorful interior, creating lots of holiday cheer. Each of the spaces presented in this article exudes a happy feeling and seems ready to entertain many cheerful guests. Whether it is a fireplace with stockings that brings warmth to an interior, a decorated Christmas tree, a colorful lighting installation, or creating DIY snowflakes hanging from the ceiling or your mantel, we have something that will help to inspire you to create the perfect holiday look. Have a look through the photos and get inspired and please share with us your holiday decorating ideas.
Craft stick snowflakes
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