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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.

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    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 :)

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      December 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks Eleanor!

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

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

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    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.

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      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)

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    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.

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      December 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm


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

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

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      December 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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

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    December 12, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I’m crazy for the sheepskins.
    Merry Christmas,

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      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

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    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

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      December 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      :) Thanks Alyssa!

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    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

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

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

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    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 :)

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

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

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    December 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

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

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    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.:)

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