Thursday, 12 December 2013



INSPIRATION: natural fir, spruce branches, geometric, origami, white, black, grey, blush pink, fur, paper, knit, modern nature, deer hides, stars, animals, stripes, honeycomb, snowflakes,

KEY ELEMENTS: Kubus 4 candle holder, honeycomb tissue balls, oversized stars, a real Christmas tree with minimal or no ornaments, strings of lights draped over furniture, spruce springs and branches in textured 'origami' vases or smoked glass, touches of black and a hint of blush pink
Above image: natural spruce Christmas tree with simple black geometric ornaments and candles, a white honeycomb paper ball is placed beside the simple black metal star tree holder - the gorgeous home, photography and styling of Annaleena Leino-Karlsson - her blog Annaleenas hem 
Above images: 1.grey honeycomb paper ball decorations from Pipii snowflake gift wrapping idea from the blog Tonje Boganes 3.reindeer antler candle holder from Nordic Bliss 4.detail from the first photo photography and styling of Annaleena Leino-Karlsson - her blog Annaleenas hem  5.pine cone decorative tie set and gift tags from The White Company
Above image: gorgeous modern Christmas styling at the home of Daniella Witte - black festive accents, prints and photographs on her Besta storage unit from Ikea  
Above images: 1.the iconic Kubus 4 candleholder and Kubus Bowl by Lassen to buy from Story North 2.spruce spring in textured white vases (by Bloomingville) and honeycomb ball and photography from Wendy van Woudenberg (her fabulous home)of Dutch design blog Beeldsteil shown here on blog Bloesem Living 3.set of 3 'almost black' honeycomb decorations from Rockett St George 4.striking black Xmas tree advent calendar at the home of Norwegian blogger Forever Love I adore the black Eames chairs against the white interior and copper Kubus candleholder with black candles    

Above image: modern Christmas - minimal decoration with undecorated real fir tree and iconic Kubus 4 candleholder from design blog Studio Karin
Above image: black and white Christmas gift wrap inspiration and styling photography from blog Weekday Carnival
Above paper star from House Doctor available to buy from Bodie & Fou 2.essential Nordic elements styled by Cathrine from the Norwegian blog Trettien (31) - Icelandic sheepskin rug (available in the UK from The French Bedroom Company, log coffee table (French Connection home have a cube version) , iconic design classic wooden bird by Architect Made 3.Nordic tree print "Gran" blck cushion by Fine Little Day from This Modern Life with a hint of pink Christmas ornaments and home styling from House Doctor 
Above image: the gorgeous home and festive holiday styling of blog Forever Love
Above images:"Glasbox" lanterns by House Doctor from Black Balloon 2.white paper star from House Doctor available to buy from Bodie & Fou 3.honeycomb balls in grey and white with black and white Mountain print and spruce sprig - photography from Wendy van Woudenberg (her fabulous home)of Dutch design blog Beeldsteil shown here on blog Bloesem Living 4.geometric paper tree decorations by Ferm Living     
Above image:modern Christmas styling using twigs and branches  from Norwegian magazine Bo Bedre photography Christian Brun
Above image: fabulous inspiration for Christmas from blogger KROnPRINSESSNE huge paper star ornament textured white vase and spruce sprig in soft candlelight 

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With warmest wishes


Greet Lefèvre said...

Dear Glenda,
It is all so very beautiful! Love the Nordic way of Christmas decoration!
I wish you and your family a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much Greet and the warmest of Christmas wishes to you and your family! Glenda

The Charm of Home said...

I just spent a long time on your Pinterest boards. Sooo pretty! Thank you for posting!

therelishedroost said...

What simple yet Chic Christmas decor!! Love them all!!

Sue Marrazzo Fine Art said...

I like your design ideas!

Francine Gardner said...

I love,love your nordic style…we have snow on the ground, so white Christmas it will be. My tree is simply adorned with lights and white doves, my white living room sofas covered with plush white cashmere blankets, pillows and throws, my Christmas table with white linen and lace, my gifts simply wrapped in white paper and twine.

Ivy Clad said...

I love the pure simplicity of it all. It's anti-clutter, and that suits me very well at Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you!


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Algodão Tão Doce said...

Feliz Natal!!! Que a manjedoura do seu coração esteja pronta para receber o Menino Jesus que irá nascer!!!
Um ano novo repleto das bençãos de Deus!!!
Doce abraço, Marie!

Foxanddahlia said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Glenda. Thank you for all of your inspiring posts during the year.


Unknown said...

Your tree is so beautiful! I love its sparseness and the way you decorated it with birds and votive candles to illuminate. Your home looks wonderful inside and out. The snow is so beautiful to look at but I'm sure not to live with! Hope you have a very merry Christmas! Christmas decoration ideas


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