Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nordic Woodland Christmas

I love a playful take on a traditional Christmas tree.  When the woodland theme came out, I fell instantly in love with it.  Slowly, I have been collecting a few woodland ornaments here and there.  This year, as I was looking around Pinterest I saw someone do a Nordic tree.  Right then and there I decided I had to do a Nordic Woodland tree.  As I went around collecting different items there year, I fell instantly in love!  This is my tree in my TV room. I love all the colorful pops of red with the playful woodland creatures.  
The picture below is a new addition that I added last year.  My room is a little bit of a hodge podge right now.  I bought the condo with the cute paint, and had most of the furniture already.  So for me, I needed something to tie it all in.  The deer brought it all together perfectly, and I love how it looks with my Christmas.

 Next year, I want to get pillows for this room to go with the fun handmade pillow that was a gift from Andrea at Its The Life. She creates the cutest designs and always spoils me for Christmas.  Its nice having talented friends.  She also gave me the woodland village you will see in a few pictures down.

Yes thats real carved wood lit garland... swooning!

I love the overall look of a Christmas tree, but to me in order to really see the beauty of it you need to see all the gorgeous detailed shots.  With a Woodland tree, one of my favorite things about it, is all the hidden creates you place around the tree.  Its a tree that keeps you exploring.

 What Nordic woodland tree wouldnt have a gnome hidden in it, and yes there are actually two hidden in the tree!

 When I found this ribbon I was so obsessed that I refused to cut it.  So i had to get creative about how I put it in the tree. I wanted it to look like a scarf.  It could be a scarf in fact, if it wasn't so long.

 My Mom found this playful deer for me.  I almost returned him because I already have the silver deer.  But honestly... who could give up this little guy!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Blue Christmas

This Christmas I was feeling a little blue about the holiday season, so I let it inspire my entire color scheme for my living room.  Typically, we do a huge Christmas Eve part with all of my family, friends, and extended family.  This year will be the first year that I'm the only child at home this year.  It's weird being older and single, holidays that you waited all year for that used to be your favorite time of year, no longer hold the appeal that they once held.  Dont get me wrong, I have loved the Christmas season. I have decorated amazing homes, been in magazines, have had amazing nights with incredible friends, been sick a day or two... but all in all so far its been one of my best.  Yet I just am not excited for it.  So I went with a very soft and mellow color scheme that reflected me. Its a room to unwind and relax when I come home from a crazy day of work.  I just wish I could keep it up all winter!
 I love all the different tones of blue.  To me Winter inspires so many different shades of blue.  Starting with the fresh morning teal sky, when the sun rises and the soft winter frost is in the air. to the deep rich winter night sky.  There are blues everywhere, and that was my inspiration for this room.  I wanted it to be based off of a Winter Frost, since clearly Utah wont get its act together and give me a white Christmas.
 I kept things simple, using plain frosted garlands and frosted trees, deer, a classy Bethany Lowe Church and sleigh.  Working at the Gatehouse No. 1 its pretty easy for me to pick up items there.  So as you look around a lot of items are from there.  The silver deer, fur wreath, fur tree skirt, and fur throw are all finds from last year at other places.
 Bethany Lowe Church with my favorite bottle brush trees.
 I made the garland simple this year,  I only used two picks on both sides.  I have white fur stockings that match, but I couldn't find them.  So just imagine how cute this would look with my fur stockings!
I dressed my highboy up with the blue pottery, and a simple garland with a sleigh and reindeer above. Simple, classy, and elegant, thats the best way to go.

 I love my little white antlers at the top of my tree! I did my little happy dance when I unboxed them at work this year, and you can bet they were the first things I purchased... among many others!

 With the strong black accents in my room, I added this darling black ribbon with chalk board writing on the ribbon.  It tied the entire room together, and added a modern feel to the tree.
 I wanted to show you close up of the sprays and ornaments used in the tree. I took all different shades of blue. In fact some ornaments I only have 3 of in every color.  It was a risk adding different blues in a lot of different shades, but in the end I loved how it turned out!

 Every year when I pull out this tree skirt it just makes me swoon!
 Overall look of the room.

 When the sun sets, its time to turn on the lights.  I love the warm golden glow my room takes on at night.  It creates a warm and cozy feel to such a cool color palette.

This year I splurged a little on this room and got these beautiful ottomans and custom pillows.  As you can see in this picture, I was too lazy to move the coffee table. I had the flu when I did the photo shoot and didnt you think you would see it.  Makes me so bummed that you can, but oh well.