Sunday, December 9, 2018

Christmas In An Old Converted Church

 Chatelaine

Alison Westlake of Toronto-based floral studio, Coriander Girl, is living the charmed life in an 1887 converted church in pastoral Ontario. Like her quaint flower shop, she has adapted a pale, vintage white, rustic style for her home. She uses the same decor aesthetic when decorating for Christmas. Soaring white walls with rustic, worn flooring are complimented by natural elements like evergreens and simple bunches of cedar tied with twine. Simple cardboard boxes add a natural touch to vintage decor pieces. A subtle myrtle wreath hangs on a peaked window in her all-white kitchen. Live evergreen trees potted in galvanized buckets and tins and surrounded by natural moss are placed on and around her one-of-a-kind furniture pieces salvaged at local antique stores. A mixture of indoor plants decorated with festive ornaments and winter berries add touches of holiday cheer. Natural, rustic and winter white. Alison's style in her old converted rural church is the perfect backdrop for a magical Christmas.

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Sources:  Chatelaine  |  @AlisonWestlake  |  Coriander Girl  |  Photography:  Sian richards

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

25 Natural Gift Wrapping Ideas

 Hege in France

This Christmas I'm trying to scale back on my decor, spend less money and simplify things overall. Not only do I want to make Christmas a little easier and less hectic, but I also want to be more environmentally conscious by reducing waste and buying fewer things. Creating beautiful and festive decorations doesn't have to be difficult, nor involve costly materials or extravagant details. That applies to your Christmas wrapping as well! Here are 25 natural gift wrapping ideas made from simple materials and elements found in your own backyard.  

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You don't need special wrapping paper or bows to create unique and gorgeous packages. You can use plain craft paper, brown shipping paper, newspaper or even linen napkins. Try using twine, raffia, evergreen sprigs, pine cones, eucalyptus, rosemary, tags made from cardboard and numerous other recycled and re-purposed materials. To add a modern touch, use stamps and typed labels. These natural gift wrapping ideas offer inspiring ways to be creative and to have fun while saving money and the environment too!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Natural & Relaxed Christmas

 Hus & Hem

Mikael and Sandra Nilsson have a relaxed approach to Christmas. Decorating is completed in good time. Greenery comes from a relative's forest and consists of pines and mosses. Hyacinths, apple cloves and gingerbread cookies permeate their warm and relaxed 1940's Swedish home. Their decorating style reflects their overall approach to life. They aren't in any rush. There are no pretentious intentions, but rather, a natural and evolving spontaneity. They have lived in this house for eleven years and let the renovating of their dream home happen over time. It has slowly changed from a classic box-shaped 40's style house to a personal home filled with reclaimed wood floors, antique cabinets, handmade furniture and second-hand finds. Natural materials like linen, wool and sheepskin bask in the warm glow of the flickering candlelight.

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Sandra loves Christmas traditions. Her Christmas decor is always natural and relaxed. She makes her own wreaths and decorates with pine branches in urns and buckets. The traditional advent candles sit in an old wooden bowl filled with walnuts. Flea market finds, antiques, re-used floor boards and brackets along with no-fuss sprigs of evergreens and paper stars are the perfect ingredients of a natural and relaxed Christmas that give this Swedish home a warm authentic feeling.

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 Hus & Hem

 Hus & Hem

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Photos: Carina Olander  |  Sandra Nilsson  |  Styling:  Anna Truelssen
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