Holiday Home Tour 2019

I love Christmas, and this year i’m even more excited than usual as we get to host my parents and some of our friends at our house for Christmas dinner.

Minnesota is a magical place to be over the Christmas holidays, it reminds me of Narnia with the snow covered pine trees, it’s beautiful. But Christmas is also a time for family, and being ex-pats we mostly travel back to the UK to be with our family. The drawback is, we miss our furry family! Our two Cockapoos Molly and Phoebe, have to stay with dog sitters, and we miss them dearly. So this year we get to enjoy a cozy Christmas together.

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This year, I moved away from my usual red and white Scandinavian style Christmas decorations, and opted instead for a palette of white and champagne gold with natural tones such as bark and greenery.

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I felt the color scheme better suited the newly renovated dining and kitchen area, which is neutral in color.

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I recycled some champagne gold feather tree decorations I bought from Hobby Lobby a few years ago as place setting decorations. And bought some new linen napkins with a slight sparkle to them from Home Goods. The charger plates I found through Facebook Marketplace.

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We re-used the white box planter we made a few years ago, and just swapped out the red berries for champagne gold berries, and added a few white Poinsettias.

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The tree has lots of sparkle from the champagne gold balls, but also plenty of natural tones from the woodland animals and pine cones.

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I added champagne gold and white berries to a plain garland to decorate the new staircase banister.

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I hope you enjoyed the home tour. Happy holidays! And happy decorating!

Jo (aka Britflipper)

3 simple steps to creating your own personalized Christmas stockings

If you want matching stockings but still want to know who’s stocking is who’s, adding a hanging letter does the trick. They’re quick and easy to make, and you can easily make new or swap them around depending on who comes to visit at Christmas.

You’ll need:

  • MDF or wooden letters
  • Spray paint (I bought gold and a gold sparkle)
  • String or twine
  • A drill

I bought the spray paint and MDF letters from Michaels, but you can buy these from any good craft store.

Step 1: Spray the MDF letters with gold spray paint and gold sparkle spray paint if you want extra sparkle. You can spray them any color you like; red, white or silver would also look great.



Step 2: Next you need to drill the holes. Drill them all in the top left corner so they all hang the same way.


Step 3: Add the string. I chose to use a natural jute string to tie in with my rustic theme. But you could use any ribbon or string you like.


Then all you need to do is tie a knot in the string and hang them on top of each stocking.



These were really easy and quick to make and look great. Now all I need to do is fill them with presents!

I hope you enjoyed reading this, and have fun making your own.

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How to create a rustic table centerpiece in 6 easy steps

I wanted a rustic centerpiece for my dining table, similar to this one here from Lenny and Jenny Designs on Etsy.

Photo courtesy of Lenny and Jenny Designs, Etsy

The problem is, my table is over 8 foot long, and it’s very hard to find a box planter that size. I also wanted a white one to contrast against the weathered elm tabletop, so it stood out more. So we decided to make our own…




6 Steps to Make Your Own Rustic Box Centerpiece:

  1. First you’ll need to buy some wood. We used rough-sawn timber from Home Depot to ensure it had more of the rustic look we were wanting.
  2. We cut the wood to size. You can make these box planters any size you like, ours was just under 8 feet.
  3. We then painted the wood in white paint, roughly.
  4. Next we screwed all the pieces together to form the box shape. We left the screws exposed to give a more rustic feel. Tip: When screwing the pieces together do this on a hard flat surface to ensure all the angles are perfectly 90 degrees.
  5. Then we sanded the edges and the face of the wood to give it that well-worn feel. Because the timber was rough-sawn, the sanding gave a lovely effect as it revealed the wood grain underneath.
  6. Finally we added some rope handles to add another element of rustic charm. To do this we drilled two holes at either end of the planter then threaded some rope through the holes and tied a knot at each end to secure it in place.

I then filled the box centerpiece with an assortment of berries and Christmas greenery and added mason jars with candles in and scattered fairy lights throughout to give some extra twinkle.

You can switch up the contents for whatever season it is. Hydrangeas would look equally nice in a spring / summer display. Or fill it with acorns and pine cones and Fall colors for a Fall-themed display. You can really be as creative as you like!

Ready-Made Options:

However if you’d rather buy one ready-made there are lots of options on Etsy, here are some of my favourites:

Lenny and Jenny Designs, Etsy

Red Oak Road, Etsy

Limb and Lime Co, Etsy

Recycled 2 Rustic, Etsy

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