Archive for: December, 2013



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These make-your-own clay Christmas tree ornaments and decorations are quick and easy to craft, making them an ideal DIY for the busy holiday season. The air-drying clay means that there’s no firing or kiln needed – you just roll, cut and stamp, and your decoration is good to go. These are perfect to use as personalised gift tags or as decorations to hang from your Christmas tree; you could make them for friends loved ones by personalising them with their Twitter handle or name. These are quite delicate, so be sure to gift them in person and handle with care! Here’s the step by step:

1. On a clean surface, roll out the pack of air-drying clay with a rolling pin.
2. Use cookie cutters to stamp your desired shapes and remove the excess clay.
3. Stamp the Twitter handle or name onto the clay, taking care not to snag or dent the surface with your fingers.
4. Use a darning needle to make a hanging hole at the top of the shape.
5. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours and then string with bakers twine.

Have you tried any stylish Christmas DIY’s this season? I’d love to know your ideas for making things personal!

// Photography by Will Taylor

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Everyday I see more Christmas trees popping up in the windows of my apartment building and gradually the whole neighbourhood is becoming more festive by the day, so it’s no surprise that I’m on a roll with the festive inspiration this week. While yesterday’s post focused on a beautiful pared-back organic Scandi approach to Christmas decorating, today’s post swings the tables to look at nine other looks. Whether you are yet to decorate for the festive season or are looking for a few finishing touches to your existing decorative touches, this eclectic mix of last minute Christmas decorations from Rakuten’s Play.com is guaranteed to offer one or two pieces that are ideal for your festive theme. With that in mind, I’ve picked out nine decorations to match nine different looks – here are my ideas on how you could incorporate each piece into your home this festive season:

1. Whimsical: If there’s a time fairytales really come to life, it’s Christmas so there’s no better time of year to invite a touch of whimsy int your home. These toadstool decorations have an instant Alice In Wonderland feel about them and would be perfect for adding festive charm to a children’s room.
2. Scandi: The antiqued effect of this hammered metal tree decoration ouzel understated Christmas style. For best effect, go for a minimal look by only decorating your tree with a sporadic smattering of these decorations and white lights – the simple approach will deliver style by the bucket load.
3. Industrial: If your home has a more rustic or masculine feel the chances are that many traditional Christmas decorations won’t go. No need to fear because these metal bells in a series of weathered seasonal shades will give a gentle nod to the festivities of the season without a hint of twee.
4. Luxe: These heart, star and tree shaped tree decorations key into the current market trend for metallics thanks to their copper effect coating. With this look a little goes a long way, so mix and match these shimmering metallic designs in with some exposed wood natural pieces to set the luxe look off and give it extra emphasis; if all the decorations are metallic then they would blur into one and loose impact.
5. Frost: Why not take inspiration from the sparkle of an ice blue winter frost and introduce a palette of blues to your Christmas scheme? If you like to opt for something different to the traditional fir tree, these decorations would look very striking on a snow-effect white tree because the white backdrop would make the blue baubles shine.
6. Organic: I like how this rustic twig wreath has been embellished with silver stars to give it a Christmas twist. Hang it on your front door for a stylish and understated festive finishing touch.
7. Natural: I must admit that I’m not a big fan of artificial trees but this option certainly does look very realistic, plus I know that when you have playful pets or crawling kids a real option is not a safe choice. So if you’re in the market for an artificial tree this natural looking design would be my choice.
8. Glam: Perhaps you like to go for an art deco inspired black and gold theme when it comes to bringing Christmas spirit into your home? If so, this sparkling glitter gold star would be the perfect tree topper for such a glamorous theme.
9. Country: This heart and star duo make for an ideal country house decoration; try hanging from the drawer pulls on a dresser for a small but stylish festive finishing touch.

Which look and decoration work best for your festive decorating at home, friends?

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I first discovered the beautiful work of Jeanette Lunde back in 2010 when I featured her online magazine, BY FRYD, on the blog. Since then her beautiful frost pictures popped up here in 2012 and now as we approach 2014 it’s a delight to shine the spotlight on her latest issue of BY FRYD.

The fourth instalment of Jeanette’s magazine is split into two main themes: the first focuses on the renovations of an old barn into her new studio space (seriously, do click over for interiors inspiration in spades), while the second is a visual festive feast for the eyes! After being inspired by the outstandingly beautiful natural beauty of Norway last month it was a delight to see how Jeanette translated the abundance of Norwegian nature to create an natural and organic inspired Christmas decorating scheme. I love how these organic decorating ideas call on natural elements such as fir, bark and foliage to deliver effortlessly stylish and homely christmas decorations. There’s so much razzmatazz and noise during the festive season that this pared back Scandi approach to christmas decorating feels oh so refreshing and calming, don’t you think? What inspires you about Jeanette’s organic Christmas decorating ideas?

// Photography by Jeanette Lunde for BY FYRD

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