Hey! I think this is the first year that I have posted my Christmas home tour before Christmas! Yay and welcome!
This year our Christmas decor is a little more neutral and modern and I hope you'll notice some of the Scandinavian/Finnish influences. I kept with a mostly black, white, grey and gold colour palette with some natural greenery thrown in. A little bit of red has crept in here too. What I love about this year's Christmas decorations is that at least 90% of them are DIY and/or handmade.
Let's start the tour in the living room.
Here's our tree that Little Pilot helped his daddy cut down. It was SO exciting for him. I tried to find a sparse tree that was not too big and this is the best they had at the farm we went to. They did a really good job of pruning their trees to be full and the tree farm lady thought I was a little cra cra to want a sparse tree. I really like my tree to be simple with lots of lights and a few ornaments. I couldn't be happier with the DIY Himmeli and Paper Ball ornaments I made this year! The star tree topper is actually an ornament that I got at a thrift store several years ago. It was wrapped in a spiralled gold wire and had a gold ball hanging in the centre. When I took the wire off and got rid of the hanging ball, the star instantly had the simplicity I was looking for. I probably could have snipped the ring off the top of the star though.
Here's a look at our mantel all ready for Christmas with the cable knit stockings (made by Mummu). The stockings have each family member's initial (they're ornaments purchased at Super Store last year). I added black and white ribbons to them this year. I really love my DIY paper tree garlands. They make such a statement. My latest craft is the elf family inspired by the Aarikka tontut/elves and I think they like their spot on the mantel.
This side of our living room is one that I don't show too often on the blog. It's our DIY entertainment centre. It's styled with branches, vintage ornaments, paper wheels (from the boys birthday), spray painted jingle bells, various Iittala glass, greenery and, of course, a nativity. I also taped up a few extra black paper trees leftover from the garlands above the mantel.
Over the sofa I have an Ikea star light that I picked up from the as-is section. It's supposed to be the one on the stand, but I hung it anyway. My amaryllis started to lean quite badly so Mummu came up with the idea to stake it. I used a paint stir stick and some more of the black and white ribbon and I think it looks really cute. If you look through the window to our neighbours across the road, you'll see Santa looking straight at our house. We told Little Pilot that Santa's watching to make sure he behaves. One day when he was misbehaving he told me that Santa couldn't see him because he was in the hallway. :)
You have also seen my desk space (a work in progress in one corner of the living room) decorated for Christmas with the washi tape tree and some fairy lights in gold (their Lord and Taylor brand from the Bay). They are so nice and on for a super deal right now if you're in the market for some fairy lights. :)
Our kitchen has just a little bit of Christmas decor. Our advent tree that I shared last year is on the island and the chalkboard reads Merry Christmas in Finnish. I also made a garland from gold card stock circles (the same ones as we used to decorate the airplane print in the dining room).
Lastly, the boys room is sporting our DIY Danish wooden dowel tree and their starry advent calendar.
That's most of the decorating that I've done inside. We do have a fun light show outside this year including the boys' favourite Joulupukki Helikopteri/Santa Helicopter. Hopefully, I'll be able to take some pictures of the outside at some point before Christmas is over! Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you liked visiting our Finnish-Canadian Christmas home. I wish you all a very blessed Christmas!
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