It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

We've started to deck the halls at our place and I thought I'd share some of the simple ways we're bringing Christmas into our space. Our current home is all about clean lines and organic, textural, inviting minimalism. In the past, our homes have been more traditional spaces - which lend themselves better to the holiday knick knacks and collections.

This time around I'm cutting back on some of the seasonal clutter and trying to use light and space to create the warm, inviting holiday feel. Candles, Christmas lights, a tree and fresh greenery are the main factors in this plan. Pairing things down suits the home more and hopefully gives us back some time that would normally be spent lugging lots of boxes in and out of storage..

The tree is the one place where I went all out for Christmas this year. I've been collecting Christmas tree ornaments basically since the day I was born. My mom always gifts us a super special ornament in our stockings every year. They usually relate to our current lives - like a little camping trailer for the year we spent a few months travelling in our trailer - you get the idea. As much as part of me would love to pair it all down and do a super clean, Scandinavian-style tree, these ornaments hold way too much sentimental value for me to give up.

Ikea's inexpensive faux shearlings are a good camouflage for the tree stand. Perfect to lie on your back and rest your head on while you stare up at the tree like a kid again.

My favourite new piece - a firewood holder from CB2. As you can tell, we have a lot of fires over Christmas. Time to restock this baby!

Keeping the tropicals seasonally outfitted as well ;)

An inviting couch, sheepskins, blankets and candles for cozying up and watching the tree sparkle with a hot cider.

I picked these paper Christmas lights up at Ikea. In the day they blend right into the house. At night they provide a lovely glow and can be seen from the outside of the house. Another bonus: Super compact for storing at the end of the year.

I've been making homemade wrapping paper for the last couple of years. We spend so much time (and hard earned money) finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones. It seems only right that they should be wrapped with that love and effort as well. It really doesn't take much time or effort and saves some much needed cash during the holidays. I buy the $5 roll of children's drawing paper from Ikea and then go to town with pain, potato stamps and plain old pens.

Cabin-y scents like fir and cedar incense are my favourite during the cooler months. On days where we don't have time to have a fire, these make the house smell amazing. A word to the wise - don't burn them for too long as they're pretty potent, especially in small spaces.