MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Wishing you all a very merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful time with your loved ones.

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10 OF THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS

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For those in search for some last minute holiday gift wrapping inspiration I have composed this post with 10 great ideas to give your Christmas presents a unique and personal touch. I hope you enjoy them. You can find the links to sources and/or instructions at the end of the post. Good luck with all Christmas preparations!

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MINIMALISTIC STYLE CHRISTMAS CARDS BY IN HAUS PRESS

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In Haus Press is always a great resource if you are looking for (Chrismas) cards. This modern letterpress brand of paper goods slow-printed in San Francisco combines modern technology with age old printing methods to create pieces that represent their minimalistic style. Their products include small batch social correspondence, note cards, and limited edition prints that feature a mix of original hand-drawn typography and historic wood type. Everything is designed, printed, photographed and packaged in their San Francisco studio, thus the name “In Haus Press”.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BRIGHT HOME IN MELBOURNE

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This absolutely stunning home in Melbourne, Australia, was featured on The Design Files earlier this year. The renovated 1970′s time home which is affectionately nick named ‘The Log Cabin’ belongs to Simone Haag and Rhys Haag. Before the renovation the home was dark and run down. The goal was to lighten the space and give it Scandinavian feel. All the rooms are so airy and light so mission completed!

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A COZY CHRISTMAS TABLE WITH IITTALA CANDLE HOLDERS

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I love this fresh looking Christmas table setting styled by Maiju of Finnish blog my second hand life. Through the dark winter months natural light is scarce in Scandinavia (in The Netherlands as well) and people take every opportunity to use candle light. The beautiful white candle holder in this table setting is Nappula from iittala. This Finnish brand has some more lovely candle holders in their collection, I have featured some below.

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1. Nappula in white | 2. Kastehelmi votives | 3. Nappula in black | 4. cast iron candle holder Allas.

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Source: images by my second hand life, via My Scandinavian Home.

A NEW YORK FAMILY HOME IN HOLIDAY SPIRIT

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This is the home of Sacha Dunn who is the cofounder of Common Good, an eco-friendly cleaning-supply company. Sacha lives in this 200 year old cottage in Hillsdale, New York, together with her husband and their two children. The family prefers to keep holiday decorating low-key and focused on traditions. I like that they use a mix mix of precious ornaments that they have collected over the years, including new things the kids have made. Which is what we do here as well.

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A WINTER BBQ IN A DUTCH BARN

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SIMPLY SLOW, a lovely community initiating small get togethers, recently organized a winter BBQ in bio dynamic farm ‘De Stadshoeve’ in Zunderdorp (which is by the way not far from where I live). During this get together the participants learned to make a loaf of bread. They were taught how to knead the perfect dough with just some basic needs: flour, water, sourdough and a little salt. From experience I know that this is all you need to make delicious bread. It is very simple but you just have to know how to do it. In the meantime a warm fire was lit outside in the yard where kids baked their bread on large sticks. Inside the barn glühwein (mulled wine) and hot chocolate was served. SIMPLY SLOW: “Simple life was embraced with warm companionship, honest laughter and pure food.” I just wish that I was there to enjoy this wonderful initiative..

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