DIY Christmas Decorations With Scandinavian Style

Less is more, you guys. I’ve been absolutely drooling over these beautiful examples of Scandinavian Christmas decorations. I just love how simple and stunning these little decorative touches are. Many of the ideas you see here are simple DIY projects that you can complete yourself or with a little help from the fam.  Just check out these pics and get inspired!

For a full tutorial on these and other projects, head over to Apartment Therapy by clicking the link below.

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5 Thanksgiving Tablescapes That You’ll Adore

I’m awesome at cooking a meal for one or two people. Four people tops, but when you start getting into catering numbers like the 17 people that will be at my house for Thanksgiving, I pass the torch to my sister. The trade off is that I’m always in charge of decorating the dining room. Seems like a fair trade until you factor in how neurotic I am when it comes to staging the perfect table. There are so many things to consider. Color scheme, seating, floral arrangements. The list goes on.

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. What I usually do to get inspired is I scour the internet for snapshots of beautiful tablescapes, and then I just recreate them in my own dining room, usually at a fraction of the cost thanks in large part to stores like Michael’s, Target, Thrift Stores, and even the Dollar Tree! I rounded up some of my favorite tablescapes so you can get inspired too! It’s not too late to create a beautiful and elegant Thanksgiving.

via Everyday Occasions
via Casa de Perrin
via Annabode + Co
via Style Me Pretty Living
via Rooms For Rent

For more dining room inspiration, check out my Pinterest board Because Dining Rooms & Because Homewares

Scandinavian Design With a Bohemian Twist

My first love is definitely Scandinavian design. I love the muted colors. I love the simplicity. I absolutely love how practical, functional, and streamlined the furniture is. Most of all, I think, I love the lack of clutter. A place for everything and everything in it’s place, ya know? If I’m being completely honest, I’d have to say that I don’t mind bold colors or wacky furniture as long as there isn’t any kind of clutter. So how do you marry the sleek and functional with your inner bohemian?

Start with a Blank Slate

Paint your walls white. Before you get upset with me, just hear me out. White walls allow you to see your space in it’s natural state. This is a perfect situation if you live in a rental. You can add color in the furniture and the accent pieces you choose without having to paint and then repaint.

Layer Colors

Think of those white walls as a blank canvas. The colors you choose will really pop and create visual interest without compromising the overall streamline look of Scandinavian design. Try maintaining a simple color palette to unify the space.

Use Texture

Chunky knits paired with soft fabrics and jute rugs are really the unifying elements of both Scandinavian design and Bohemian design. To get started experimenting with texture, try draping your furniture with an interesting throw. Don’t fear the sheepskin, that’s all I’m saying.

Personalize the Space

Remember that awesome wood carving you got from that roadside shop in the middle of nowhere? Or that thrift store score? That funky lamp that nobody likes but you. You can put those items on full display! Create a beautiful mantel or a well thought out occassional table. The key is to keep your bohemian items from looking cluttered. Try to keep these items within the same color family and overall theme of your space.

Images: ElleDecor MyDomaine

Colorful New England Farmhouse

While it’s true that I’m totally in love with Scandinavian interior design, I still have a soft spot in my heart for farmhouse style. I have an even softer spot in my heart for farmhouses that aren’t afraid of going bold with colors. So when I saw this amazing farmhouse featured in House Beautiful, I went absolutely gaga. Feast your eyes on this!

Here’s the skinny on the paint colors used in this beautiful home:

Paint Colors
Kitchen cabinets – Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore
Kitchen walls – Green Ground by Farrow & Ball
Kitchen floor in Carriage Green by Farrow & Ball
Dining room cabinets – Minster Green by Farrow & Ball
Bathroom floor – Tidewater by Sherwin-Williams

Source: House Beautiful

Texture and Pattern: Interior Design Inspiration

There’s an ongoing debate between me and my sisters over my love of minimalist interior deign. They really think minimalist designs are generally cold and sterile, lacking color and warmth. I tend to think that lots of colors and lots of furniture tend to weigh a home down. To me, neutral colors allow you to play around more with texture and pattern and allow a more visually interesting opportunity to incorporate pops of color. Anyway, the debate rages on. I was swooning over what I thought was a compromise between our styles, but it didn’t go over too well. Instead, I want you guys to look at these pics from SquareFoot Interior Design and join me in coveting their amazing blend of texture and pattern in a beautiful loft space. You’re totally gonna be on my side when you see these pics!

I absolutely love this space. Simple, sleek, and cozy all at once. Admittedly, it doesn’t boast those pops of color (totally trending in interior design this year), but it’s just perfect in terms of that hygge style interior we’ve all been craving.

If you love the look of this space, but you’re like my sisters ad crave a little bit more color, check out this post for affordable, yet trendy, home decor items that aren’t shy about hues!