Decorating with treasures from nature

So here we go again! December is definitely here, and we all may feel the pressure (or panic) about the long to-do list. 

I can highly recommend a little bit of breathing in between, a little trip out in mother nature, to gather some silence, maybe something for your dinner table that day, or a branch to hang your decoration?  May you want to bring in the natural, fresh smell of forest and greenery to your home. 

On the fallen trees in the forest, the moss is so loose and it`s easy to take home and make something beautiful. Have a cup of tea and admire your creation as the light disappears and the mood of Christmas in the making fills the house.

Are you bringing anyone on your little excursion, maybe have some cookies ready for a delightful rest and breathe in the smell of wet moss and spruce. 

Did you feel the "forest- mood" by reading this?

I hope you did. Maybe this scenery, where I have aimed to recreate the feeling of being outdoors, will give you some ideas for your decoration. By bringing in the natural light and the smell from nature you create a harmonious atmosphere. I love earthy colours, for every season, but most of all for Christmas. You can add on whatever colour you want, and more lights as the evening get darker.

By using honest materials, such as wool, linen and cheap skins I think this space became warm and welcoming, and the green gifts from nature wrap it all in a heavenly smell.

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Green is the new Red this season..

Photo by Monica Hellem Photography

Decoration (& some photos by Helene Arentz;)

This headline is a bit random, it could have been; “Decorate the Scandinavian way”, or; “Go Natural”. None of them impressively good, anyway, the point is; I have a periodically strained relationship to the colour red. It`s depending on the context and may also my mood…. However, to me Christmas decoration can be “hash” if it`s too much red, or in some case, red at all!
so, I know it`s a little early, but Christmas decoration planning is allowed, so here`s some suggestion of using natural, green seasonal decoration. My favourites are light wood, green, white, and as you can see in this beautifully decorated Scandinavian home in Wimbledon, blue is a fresh supplement. And then it`s a beautiful rug, yes, it`s red, but it`s also orange, blue and white, and thats perfect!

Helene xx

Self- made simplicity for this season!

Make your own decoration for the coming season by using empty glass bottles (I used my Elderflower bottles), some nice warm coloured candle sticks, and tie up some small stems from a olive three or Eucalyptus.

The latter is my favourite this year, they smell so good, looks great, and dries perfectly. I`m planning to use Eucalyptus for a table decoration also. Simple and natural. Stay tuned if your up for some easy and beautiful decoration.

Helene XX

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LOVE IT (my pinterest board)

Pinterest boards can be a great source for planning your home improvement, collecting ideas and dreaming. Also it`s good communication between friends, or for me as an Interior designer, when working with a client, we can share boards to exchange ideas. By visualising possibilities, putting together piece for piece, it`s easier to navigate through an ocean of choices for colours, interiors and style. No matter if your process lasts for one year, or ten;)

This photos are from my personal Pinterest “LOVE IT” board… and can be considered as a long term planning!

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A little summary

I found my self browsing through my Pinterest boards this morning, and as stumbled over a few of my own photo`s from years back, I got the idea to smash them together in a pin board here on my journal, joined by some of my recent snaps. Fun to see photo`s from different projects and houses, and how they kind of speak the same language;)

Always fun also to look back at previous projects work, seems like I´m more or less going with the same favourites, and thats fine!

Autumn breeze from south of France

Late summer months is gorgeous, especially if you are looking for an Indian summer experience, and you end up in a place like “Maison Mondo” in South of France, like I did. When we went there in late September, the days were smooth and calming, and as the summer turns into autumn, we were surrounded by a beautiful Autumn colour palette and I could not help bringing out my camera.

The French have displayed an enviable degree of domestic chic in fashion and interiors since way back then. When it comes to creating rooms that are both relaxed and elegant, French country house style is hard to beat. The style is fortunately not impossible to re-create even on a different continent and despite of a quite new building … Think heavy linen, olive trees, heavy wooden coffee table, candle lights, beautiful vintage pieces or handcrafted objects.

The owner of Maison Mondo, Laila, is an Interior designer who is passionate about creating exactly this, and looking at the photos you will see what I mean. The way the material is combined, stone (love the stone wall with natural stones that she designed for the house) the tiled floor, the country chic kitchen (the stove!) and the generous sofas in front of a fireplace. I can ensure everyone that this sofa is premium seat when the sun goes down, with some French cheese and a glass of wine… Everything is fine, just mentioning it.

The secret behind Laila`s chic French, and I would say modern country house style, is to collect special vintage objects for the home: the books, the vases, the console table and the massive candle sticks . I dare say it does almost everything in the aim of creating the French countryside look. If you`d like more ideas head over to Mondo Interior: http://mondointerior.no/en/

Au revoir!

The Sunday morning pure basics

Sunday morning is the best. The sleep in of the week, lacy morning and breakfast in bed, or in the kitchen with fried eggs and soft music on the radio. It´s very easy to add a little luxury feel to it, like clean bed clothing, fresh flowers from the market the day before, and a clean kitchen for a good start..

My activities today will be sewing, as I have a pile of vintage fabrics waiting to be transformed. My best receipt for home decoration is to keep it clean and simple, and add only good, honest materials like rustic wood, heavy linen and personal belongings like photos and books.

Enjoy your day!