8 Dec 2016

Christmas Home Tour

It's Christmas home tour time and I'm so happy to be joining the Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tours again this year.  Each year my Christmas decor seems to get more and more simple and I would have to say that this year is no exception.  I tend to decorate using mostly natural greenery, decorations I have made and a few carefully selected pieces that I really love.  This year my decor has a lot of pastels again, but you'll see some more traditional red making an appearance in my entry and office which was not intentional at all, but I'll get into that more in the tour below!

Let's start in the entry and work our way around the main living spaces.  
The entry has just a couple of decorations.  I made a wreath from a pre-lit, faux birch twig garland and some fir branches. It hangs simply from one of the Muuto dot coat hooks.  I also hung a jingle bell star from the door handle that I picked up after Christmas last year.  A pine cone and a single pine branch add a little Christmas to the top of the shoe cabinets.

Directly beside the entry is my workspace.  I placed a mini Christmas tree right at the door so that you can see it from the entry, living room and workspace.  This little tree greets us whenever we come home.  It also functions as a spot for the boys to hang their felt advent ornaments and their special Christmas ornaments which happen to be mostly red!  The red jacket that's in the entry was also left there by the boys so I would say the addition of red was their design choice, but I kind of like it too. ; )

Before I turn the camera the other direction, I thought I'd share this little corner with the piano and my favourite vintage ceramic tree.  Nalle is clearly impressed with my decorating. Ha!

This year we managed to get our tree just in time for these pictures.  I wanted a fluffy tree and my boys helped me cut down this white pine.  I also let them decorate the tree entirely by themselves and when they decided they were done I let it be.  It's missing a bunch of the ornaments and it's definitely not perfect, but I love that it was their own not so little project. 
The fireplace is decorated with some greenery, a plywood star that Hubby cut for me and one of the beaded snowflake ornaments I made last year.  The print on the mantel is one I picked up when we visited Estonia last summer.  My mom knit those stockings for me quite a few years ago.

I like how the pink bottle brush tree works with the giant Birds of Paradise plant in the corner opposite the Christmas tree.  Somehow a pink tree feels like it could go with a tropical plant.  

 The dining room might be my favourite room this Christmas.  I pulled our blue-grey Saarinen chairs back in and hung up my DIY wall hanging.  The wooden bead garland is a nod to all the natural wood decor I have going on in the rest of the house and the wool felt star garland I made last year.  I also have another plywood star that I made a couple of years ago.  The sideboard seemed like the best spot for the DIY advent candle holder and I love the little Spruce tree in the cloth bag.  I also like to borrow the boys' wooden deer family during Christmas.  One of them is nicely on display under the cloche. :)  A pine garland, bottle brush trees and votive candles make for a centrepiece that I can keep up for the whole Christmas season.
The last space I'm going to share is our kitchen.  Christmas tree advent candle holders and some of the boys' toy deer house on a pink tray make another simple vignette that easily can be moved out of the way when I'm baking our cooking on the island.  My little kitchen shelf also got a little Christmas tree decor.  
In this last picture you've come full circle since this is the view of our kitchen that you would have as you walk in the front door.  I drew the chalkboard tree with the boys help (they mostly coloured in the christmas lights) based on some I had found on Pinterest.  Oh, and I always prefer to right December ("Joulukuu") in Finnish since it means "Christmas month"!

I hope you've enjoyed my Christmas tour and make sure to check out all these other tours happening this week as well!:



  1. I enjoyed your tour very much, I am always so impressed with simple modern design, I adore how you've (your boys) added pops of red and those bottle brush trees are so sweet! Your graphic wall paper is divine, what a statement, you contrast things perfectly! hyvää joulua (hope that's right?) Laurie @ VinYet Etc.

  2. I don't think I've been to your blog before but I'm so glad I came because your tour was so pretty! That wallpaper in your entry? Incredible.

  3. So beautiful! Your home is so fresh and inviting...I love your simple and classy decorating, and all of your holiday touches are just perfect! Happy Holidays!

  4. I feel like I just went back to Switzerland...I love it so much...xo

  5. You have the sweetest touches! And, your foyer is amazing!! I love your vintage tree. My Mom has one too and I've loved it every Christmas for as long as I can remember. Merry Christmas!

  6. Oh my gosh! Your home and Christmas decor truly resonate Scandinavian! Every one of your photos looks like it could belong in an IKEA catalogue. What a lovely home you have created for your family!

  7. Your home is absolutely STUNNING! My favourite scandi style! Also that pine tree is to die for!!

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  9. Everything you decorate is placed with purpose and care. It's so so beautiful and I always look forward to seeing your tours. Hope you and your family are doing well Anu. Merry Christmas

  10. Beautiful! I can't believe I hadn't heard of your blog before! Holy entryway eh?! Love the wallpaper.

  11. I love how clean and crisp but cozy it all feels - your gorgeous scandi chic style always makes me want to get rid of 3/4 of my stuff!! Beautiful tour, Anu!

  12. Incredible how clean, uncluttered everything is.I should take lessons from your style, so austere and soft looking, love it. As most other comments said, love wallpaper in your entry. How interesting is shoe holder on wall, no messy shoes anywhere, no wonder your floors look so gorgeous and clean. Love light wood floors,really light up rooms. Enjoyed tour of your home. Have wonderful holiday season.

  13. So pretty! I love the softness and simplicity of everything! Happy Holidays :)

  14. So pretty! I'd love to know where you got the tree holder for the tree next to the fireplace!

  15. I love your minimalist Scandinavian style. So beautiful. Love the colours, and the Christmas decor is gorgeous.

  16. I love all your simple, yet beautiful festive touches! Happy holidays.
    Hugs, Jamie

  17. Love your scandi style! So many beautiful Christmassy touches. Love that chalkboard with the tree!


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