Two Iconic Holiday Looks for Your Home

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Designer Sarah Keenleyside shows us two different ways she loves to decorate her home for the holidays.

Scandinavian Inspired

Scandinavian-Inspired Holiday Mantel

Sources: mantel, Door Store; mantel décor and throws, West Elm; tree decorations and stump, EQ3; rug and white frame, IKEA; all other items, designers own

Just having returned from a recent trip to Stockholm, Sarah was inspired by the effortless chic look of Scandinavian decor. They have limited daylight hours this time of year so the look is bright whites, creams and pastels. Tea lights, reflective metallics, natural woods and greenery soften the look. Hits of black (found in the rug) help tailor the look and keep it modern.

Instead of a Christmas tree, small mini trees bought from the convenience store look stunning in clear glass containers. They add texture and a touch of green to this mainly monochromatic look. And a large twig tree is the perfect way to add a few interesting ornaments on display.

Vintage skies propped on the side add a sense of history and whimsy, while a mix of silver and gold accessories add warmth and shine to this clean and neutral palette.

Canadiana Inspired

Canadiana-Inspired Holiday Mantel

Sources: mantel, Door Store; red bungie straps, Canadian Tire; calendar, Studio Pazo; solair chair, INabstracto; pawn stool, Gus Modern; pouf, EQ3; pom pom trim, Designer Fabric Outlet; holiday decorations, West Elm; all other items, designer's own

This mantel is a take on contemporary "Canadiana" decor. Not being afraid of colour, we are finishing off the year with a nod to the hot colour of 2013 — emerald green. Here we used a deeper version to make the natural pine mantel pop. To freshen up the deep hue we are using whites and light natural birch woods to add contrast. The accent colour here is the tried and true red. It is the complementary colour to green and it naturally evokes the feeling of the holidays. Why fight it?

Instead of throwing logs by the fire, Sarah came up with this fun idea for stacking wood. Bundles of firewood wrapped with red bungie cords make it look like an art installation.

Small potted trees are a great way to bring nature into the home without cutting down a whole tree. This way you could transplant them in the spring to your garden. Plus the addition of natural, un-fussy boughs on the mantel keeps the look casual and easy.

Vintage décor items and woven textiles add warmth and texture. And if you don’t have a working fireplace, just use some chalk and draw it on!

 

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