Processed with VSCO with s2 presetIn a few days we will kick off the month of numerous celebrations. From local festivities to long-established traditions which are often celebrated with close friends and family at home. This gives us all a great excuse to focus on making our home a warm and welcoming place.
To get into the holiday spirit, we teamed up with friend and Dubai blogger House of Hawkes to create a styled interior space full of inspiration for Xmas, just like we did last year.

Our focus was to find authentic alternatives for the holiday classics. It probably won’t surprise you that it is all inspiration for a minimalist, very Scandinavian Christmas setting, featuring a contrasting palette of white and black with lots of natural elements and textures.
As we currently do not live in a place where we go out into the woods with the entire family to choose our own tree, it is necessary and fun to look into different ways to create that jolly vibe.

Minimalist botanics
Regardless of the season, bringing green into your home is always a good idea. Create the perfect atmosphere with single-ingredient arrangements using a variety of glassware and greenery.

Subtle smells
Using fresh rosemary to make a wreath is a very easy way to give a subtle sense of home cooking to your house. It is the perfect combination of DIY decoration and getting a good appetite.

Let there be light
Light up your home with a creative combination of exposed bulbs and fairy lights. We love to use different shapes and sizes like a diamond bulb to give an exceptional effect to your hallway or living room.

Horizontal ornaments 
A sophisticated alternative to a tree is displaying some original ornaments. Use various styles and shapes, adding some fine greenery to make it a whole. We love the simplicity of this set up.

Shop the look |
Glass ware, black flatware and dinner plates Crate & Barrel | Muuto design E27 & Frama lights by D.Tales | Ferm Living Black & White ornaments by Marmarland | Paint effect Linen, Brick wall and  NO. 57  Jotun Paint | Bowls by Wonki Ware available at Tribe and The Corner Shop | Black candle holder by The Bowery Company | White stool and art piece Ahoy trader by Tribe | Iron baskets, paper balls, golden balls House Doctor and Design Letter plates by D.Tales

A special mention and enormous thank you to the generous individuals and companies who sponsored the event and styled shoot:

  • The Studio for the shoot location and photography by Jannah Whalley and Artur Ismailov
  • The Lime Tree Café for their gorgeous and delicious food and keeping us fuelled with caffeine
  • Innovative Hiring for their awesome cocktail tables
  • Jotun Paint for their beautiful paint effects on the boards and table
  • D.Tales for the awesome goodie bags

ps. Keep an eye on our social media for more behind the scene pictures from the shoot, where we also hosted a fun social gathering_ART5581 _JAN0217

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  1. […] To read more about these ideas have a look at Kathryn’s blog at House of Hawkes. She delves into the art of minimalist botanical arrangements, gives you examples of unconventional tableware, exposed bulbs & fairy lights and more! To shop the look, find out how to use subtle smells to evoke a sense of cooking to your home or for more info on horizontal ornaments check out Linda’s blog post at LoudGirl. […]

  2. […] you are the creative type of not, this DIY wall mounted advent calendar tree we made for our Xmas styling shoot is the perfect accessory for the Xmas countdown. It is simply made of a few rods, hooks […]


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