White Country Christmas & Nordic French Falala: How to Get the Look is très belle inspiration for Francophiles. So indulge in rich, fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free (but joyfully not vegan since talented humans are at the heart of every design) glimpses of muted, natural, lovely and serene Christmas wonder. With visions of sugarplums dancing in your melon, maybe slow down for some holiday baking with my prize-winning homemade cookies.
Wait. What? Too early to bake my Christmas cookies? Enjoying your pumpkin spice first? Your Thanksgiving buffet will not accommodate buttercream-iced cookies? Well, here’s an excuse: shouldn’t you practice the recipe a few times before the holidays?
White Country Christmas & Nordic French Falala: Get the Look!
That is enough nagging from me. I bake all the time, all year long, and it’s maybe my love language.
Psst. Word on the street is everybody’s putting the tree up early this year. Can’t imagine why folks are anxious to get the holidays ON and welcome 2022. 🙂
In case you were wondering, our house is not ready for its holiday tour close-up.
You know how things can grow worse before they get better when you’re in an organizing frenzy and sifting through holiday decor?
Yeah, that’s happenin.
Like you, I marvel at what inspiring holiday beauty creative souls around the web manage to roll out. There is so much hard work behind the scenes! Let’s face it. Many of those editorial photoshoots happen in July.
This fairy is especially partial to the simple, subtle, and also mostly white moments.
I couldn’t resist gifting you with silly and inspiring quotes as well…please pin them liberally too to spread the love.
Holiday Magic With White & Neutrals
Below, Pam Pierce keeps a fire going in the living room and drapes a French period carved stone mantel and surround with mixed garland.
Olive branches gathered from the yard mingle with ripe brown pears.
A pair of early Song dynasty jars anchor the scene, and white roses are an element of this designer’s interior décor signature.
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Don’t you love seeing alternative Christmas trees decorated whimsically?
If you have visited Pinterest, you may have noticed all the vintage ladders strung with twinkling lights and hung with ornaments like this:
How’s that for the ultimate renovator’s alternative Christmas tree? And green walls! We’re seeing them left and right. Here are ideas for paint colors.
And who can blame the folks turning to green? Especially with white. It’s a natural combination in nature ’round these parts in winter!
Ideas for a European Inspired Farmhouse Christmas
There’s something irresistible about little felted antlers, oui?
Oh these weathered doors! While we may not be able to make a Target run for this look below, we can steal this idea: try a wreath on an interior door…even a bathroom door.
Candles in the window. And candles in simple glass jars scattered everywhere. But maybe not stairs unless your house is pet-less, child-less, and wine-drinking-humans-less.
(Call me cautious Kate, but I’m thinking for photoshoots only!) And don’t you love the tree in the urn?
We can never have too many reminders to put our trees in something interesting to elevate both them and our spirits.
Don’t think amber glass can make a statement with white for Christmas?
If you have an excuse to decorate a fancy table, tulle draped into a bow makes a simple yet dramatic statement. (I have seen my mama do this to decorate tables for special occasions more times than I can say.)
White Country Christmas Decorating Magic
Is the next Nordic French Christmas moment calling my name once again since it features so many elements I adore?
Isn’t it humble yet sophisticated?
I have been seeing posts in social media pop up expressing sadness that folks are too anxious for Christmas and neglecting Thanksgiving. I get it.
Christmas is such a commercial enterprise in the USA. But I also know how hearts are moved to give during the holidays.
There are so many folks left in the cold or left off the guest list and locked out of the warmth of the inn.
I love this humble banner proclaiming NOEL:
You could easily string together a few kraft paper squares with a ribbon, yes?
Simple Farmhouse Christmas Decor Inspiration
I love the rosier faded reds that feel so much more gentle than traditional ones.
But traditional Christmas red has its charms when paired with pink!
Subtle pops of red from apples and strawberries are an easy way to work red into the decor when you’re more inclined to keep things pale and lovely.
How in the world can it be time to be thinking advent calendar!?! Don’t we still have tan lines?
I wonder which of these whimsical gifts you’d be happiest to unwrap?
If you’re a certain age, you probably recognized Elton right away! I have an Elton Kokeshi doll on my dresser this moment, and it brings back such sweet memories of childhood.
How genius is this bicycle wheel “hoop wreath” at Brambles and Blossoms?
There is something so utterly enchanting about a blue Christmas!
BTW, are you Team Mariah as far as her famous Christmas song? Because in our family, we ADORE her classic and never tire of it all season long!
Quiet French Country Christmas Beauty
Understated, elegant, and quiet French country holiday decor sets a tone of such calm wonder.
I am always impressed when folks are able to capture holiday decorated rooms twinkling at night. Personally, I have never been able to get the lighting right!
Elegant French Christmas Chateau Entry
Whether yours is a fancy door framed with French limestone…
or an old, raw, beat-up door weathering in the bright sun,
I hope it opens to blessings this Christmas. Unexpected blessings, heartful blessings, wholesome blessings, awkward blessings, impossible blessings, and soulful blessings that help you remember your worth.
That help you see that even some curses were simply in disguise.
I hope your door–with or without adornment–opens to a warmth and wonder that makes you glad to be alive.
It’s not a small thing.
If there is gladness and warmth in your heart to be alive today…what a blessing!
Tarte Au Soleil
Here’s a beautiful tutorial to make a relatively simple and quick appetizer two ways: sweet and savory. So relaxing just watching Beth make it!
I hope you’ll enjoy making this imperfectly lovely sunburst of pastry!
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