Interior Design Lifestyle Personal Posts

condo life: our halls, decked


| a simple pine wreath transforms our door |

As I mentioned yesterday, I much prefer understated decor when it comes to getting ready for Christmas. In lieu of knick-knacks and tchotchkes strewn about, we’ve opted to go for a natural vibe using white and green as our palette with hints of red thrown in for good measure. Here are just a few things Justin and I have done to ensure our condo is holiday-ready.

| faux-fur sheepskins set a cosy vibe (and are only $12 at Ikea) |

| a wooden bowl filled with seasonal fruit
(because clementines totally smell like Christmas) |

| we didn’t forget to show the washroom some love |

| a handful of simple snowflake ornaments
(picked up at the dollar store of all places) on our tree |

| Guinness coasters (from Ireland) & a cupboard filled with Christmas mugs
show festiveness in unexpected places |

| tree trimming remnants in a “cable-knit” vase adorn our table
and a mulled wine candle helps set the mood |

tip: when picking up your tree, ask them if they have any tree trimmings they’re willing to part with. I ended up leaving with far more than I knew what to do with – all for free! We have vases filled all over the place and the scent is intoxicating.

Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    December 12, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Love your decor- it’s all so simple and lovely. The vases of greenery are such a great idea :)

    • Reply
      December 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks Eleanor!

  • Reply
    Victoria | Haute
    December 12, 2012 at 7:59 am

    OoOoO YAY!!! I love it!! Let the festivities begin!

  • Reply
    December 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Asking for tree trimming is such a wonderful idea! I love the smell and would love to have them all over my place, but we have a fake tree… Boo.

    • Reply
      December 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Hey you could always go up to a random vendor and ask anyway! I could never do fake because I’m obsessed with the scent (though I could do without the clean up)

  • Reply
    David Ip
    December 12, 2012 at 8:52 am

    JC, you’re making it really hard for me to maintain my grinchiness with all this great stuff you’re posting.

    • Reply
      December 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm


  • Reply
    Gaby [The Vault Files]
    December 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I’m in love with your decorations! Your dinning room looks beautiful!

    • Reply
      December 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Gaby! It’s been almost 2 years but everything is starting to come together haha

  • Reply
    December 12, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I’m crazy for the sheepskins.
    Merry Christmas,

    • Reply
      December 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      me too! Justin calls them chair fluffs and thinks they’re silly but they make me so happy

  • Reply
    December 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I wouldn’t expect anything less than gorgeousness in your home. You have such fantastic taste!

    The Glossy Life

    • Reply
      December 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      :) Thanks Alyssa!

  • Reply
    December 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    ahh your place is just heavenly! the perfect amount of christmas cheer going on! i love it x

  • Reply
    Tiffany @ Savor Home
    December 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    So gorgeous!!! Your dining room is fantastic! I might have pinned it immediately… :)

  • Reply
    lauren | eyes/ears/mouth+lens
    December 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Such a good idea to ask for extra trimmings! And they accent all the white in your apartment so nicely :)

  • Reply
    Sarah O'Brien
    December 13, 2012 at 12:43 am

    i love love love wreaths. they make all the difference! lovely post today!

  • Reply
    December 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I love your simple decor! And a basket of clementines is a must!

  • Reply
    Welcome to the Weekend!
    December 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    […] Understated Christmas decor. […]

  • Reply
    Some bloglovin’
    December 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

    […] lark&linen […]

  • Reply
    Some bloglovin'
    December 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    […] lark&linen […]

  • Reply
    December 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I am so glad that you posted that last tip. Too many moments where I’ve wanted more from the Christmas tree but had no idea how to ask…now I know. So thank you for that! Oh, and of course, your place looks winter wonderful and so elegant.:)

  • Reply
    Instant kerstsfeer: kersttakken in een vaas -
    December 2, 2013 at 7:59 am

    […] Als je een doorzichtige glazen vaas gebruikt, kun je onderin de vaas eventueel nog wat nepsneeuw doen of dennenappeltjes (of allebei) voor een extra touch. En je hoeft natuurlijk geen versieringen of lichtjes in de takken te hangen, puur natuur is ‘ie ook prachtig (voor als je van minimalistisch houdt). Zie voor meer foto’s zoals die hierboven: […]

  • Reply
    IKEA LUDDE+EAMES CHAIR | Design Therapy
    March 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

    […] The Kitchn, Vintagepiken, Eenig wonen, For the love of pretty,Lark&Linen, Frichic,La casa è dove si trova il cuore, […]

  • Leave a Reply


    Sign up to receive new posts & subscriber-only design advice straight to your inbox.