Today is my turn to share our Christmas home tour as a part of the Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tours. Make sure you check out the links at the bottom of this post to see all of the other bloggers sharing their gorgeous homes.
For our Scandinavian Christmas home I've decided to go with a little more colour. My boys are always asking for more colour and this year I ended up DIYing some colourful decorations. I chose to go with the pastels that I seem to be bringing into our home a lot lately. In today's tour you'll see what we have up so far. I'm sure that I'll be decorating and DIYing throughout December which means things will likely change a little before Christmas Eve. You also won't see our Christmas tree in these photos. I couldn't bring myself to break our Finnish tradition of waiting until much closer to Christmas to go and cut down our tree (traditionally Finns in the past waited until Christmas Eve to get their trees). I'm also a little petrified of the tree completely drying out before Christmas if I was to put it up in November. I do have lots of greenery and other decor that I'd love to show you so I hope you don't mind touring my home without the Christmas tree.
For the tour today I'm going to take you in a bit of a loop through the main living spaces of our 60s ranch home starting in the living room. Below is the view you would have if you were to stand in our entry looking into the living room.
The fireplace is the focal point of our long and narrow living room. I decided to decorate the fireplace with a variety of wooden stars that I made (I'll be sharing the DIY for these soon) and a garland I made from pine branches.
I did dig up a small pine tree and put it in a planter that I had on the deck in the summer. I'm hoping I'll be able to replant it in the spring. The tree is perfectly Charlie Brown. I also think it's a nice way to display a few ornaments while we wait to get our real Christmas tree. You'll see that I like to hang our ornaments throughout the house in early December so that we can enjoy them throughout the month.
The opposite corner of our living room is very simply decorated. My grandmother's teak sewing table is the perfect spot for our nativity. I also like that our house tissue holder goes with the Scandinavian Christmas feel (usually I would have to hide the tissue box when taking photos of the house).
This is another corner of our living room. It's opposite of the sofa in the previous picture. This year I went to the antique mall and got that vintage ceramic Christmas tree. My grandmother had one and admiring all the little lights was one of my favourite memories of my childhood. I couldn't forget my black Christmas tree garland from two years ago. I ended up cutting the trees a little smaller this year so that I could fit a few more on the garland.
Now we're passing our entry on our way to my workspace which is opposite of the living room. If you're coming into our house the living room is on your right and my workspace is on the left. The entry has some very simple decorations: a couple of paper stars and more pine branches in vases.
In the workspace I've kept things simple with a few bottle brush trees and the boys' wooden dowel advent tree. We had the tree in their room originally, but it was getting a little abused so I moved it in here. I love the glow of the star lights in the evening when I'm working in here.
We're now back in the entry about to enter the kitchen. I hung some globe lights in front of the mirror to greet guests.
You probably got a peek at the chalkboard in the kitchen from the entry too. I very roughly and randomly drew some trees on it. I used a picture I found on Pinterest as a guide.
This is our floating shelf in our kitchen. I hung a few of the DIY ornaments I have made over the years on a dowel and hung it around a deer hook I found at Target in the fall. The Maribowl holds some of the origami Christmas trees I made last year and the little Christmas tree is actually sitting in a coffee mug.
You can find the tutorials for the ornaments here:
As you walk through our kitchen you end up in the dining room. You may notice some new chairs in there. I didn't really intend on buying new chairs, but the night before I took these photos I went to HomeSense to try and track down some affordable fairy lights and came home with a couple of pink Eames-style chairs. I think they're kind of fun and actually super comfortable and sturdy for knockoffs. I'm a tad worried that I may become tired of the pink, but since they were so reasonably priced I may give them a go. I think they would work well in my office if they don't stay in this room.
My himmeli hanging planter and my advent candle holder are still my favourite DIYs. I love lighting the candles now for advent.
I'm so happy with the centrepiece I put together for the dining table. I used the wood veneer paper chain I made a couple of years ago, some pine branches, some of the paper star ornaments I made this year and a few Iittala votive candle holders. I love how simple it is. You can also see from the above picture that we've now made it back to the living room.
I really hope that you enjoyed touring our early Christmas home.
Now it's time to take a tour of my Canadian blogging friends' gorgeous homes. Come back each day to see a new set of home tours from Monday to Thursday this week.