An easy and affordable way to decorate your doorstep in the wintertime or for Christmas, is to make ice lanterns. They are nice with just using water, but if you add some greenery, flowers or/and pine cones they will get even more beautiful and impressive for your guests.

ALL YOU NEED IS:

• A bucket or a big bowl. I used baking bowls making these.
• Smaller bowls to make a hole for the candle.
• Something heavy to keep the smaller bowl in place. I used rocks.
• Flowers/greenery that you want to use.
• Water

After you have filled the bucket/bowl with water and the flowers/greenery that you like to use, put the smaller ball in and fill it with rocks ( or something heavy ) . You can use tape to keep it strait in the middle if you need to. Then you put it in the freezer or outside (it needs to be cold) over night. Add a little bit of hot water on the bowls to get it loose when it´s all frozen. Then you have made yourself a ice lantern.

PS! Use candles with plastic if you have – they will produce less heat than the one with aluminium.

Ice lantern with eucalyptus, juniper and a Christmas rose in the making…

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photos © Nina Holst

Green Christmas table setting

A TABLE IN GREEN WHITE AND GOLD

Have you planned your table settings for Christmas yet? Or maybe you are in need for some inspiration? Let me share a table setting where I have used green, white and gold as a theme. If your not up for a red theme, this might be a nice alternative…

As you can see I´ve used both a green tablecloth and linen napkins to add a lot of green to the table. As a cute little detail, I have made a napkin ring out of a green leather strap, a couple of bells in gold, and a little twig of juniper.

In the middle of the table I have small glass vases with Christmas flowers and greenery together with small bowls with hyacinths and moss. I have also made a couple of Christmas candles in the same bowls. An easy, but very decorative decoration.

You can find more of my table settings here.

Green Christmas table setting
Green Christmas table setting
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photos © Nina Holst

Our home in Bonytt

In the latest issue of the Norwegian magazine Bonytt ( Norway´s most read interior magazine ), you will find a 12 page article about our home. I´ve taken all the photos myself so it was extra fun to see how they turned out in the magazine.

Here are some of the photos from the article… You can see the rest in the magazine.

It´s not a typical Christmas feature but more of “light” New Year´s eve/festive-home kind of feature. All set for a party!

I went for a black and green theme for the table. This will of course work as a Christmas table setting as well..


photos © Nina Holst for Bonytt

Make a Christmas candle holder

If you are in lack of candle holders for your Christmas table, you can easily make some using small bowls like I have done here.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN:

• You need a small bowl.
• Fill it with flower foam/oasis.
• Stick a candle into the oasis.
• Cover the oasis with moss.
• Decorate with cones on top.

Remember: Candles require attention – all the time!

photo © Nina Holst

Kitchen Christmas

I´m proud to say that our kitchen is featured in the latest JKE Design Christmas magazine! You can check out their magazine online here.

Happy Friday, everyone!