Holidays Are Coming

November 30, 2019 • Home Decor

it’s almost december and for me this feels like the actual beginning of winter. it somehow always boggles my mind that the lead up to the holidays is still technically fall, while it already feels so winter-y. this year i’m trying to get into the christmas spirit a little more gradually than usual. i’ve been into natural colors and more subdued holiday decorations for a few years now, and that helps make the transition from fall to holiday season more organic. does any of this make sense to anyone, or am i majorly overthinking things?

in any case, i didn’t come online just to ramble about seasonal technicalities – i also wanted to show off my new vase, designed by CECILIE MANZ for FRITZ HANSEN. it’s such a beautiful ceramic design, that looks just as gorgeous without flowers as a decorative object, as it does as a statement piece in the center of the table. and that is just as well, as my cupboards are currently overflowing, so i actually don’t have any choice but to leave this one out in the open permanently.

i found a nice place for it on our kitchen counter behind the coffee machine, and it makes decorating the rest of this space so much easier. i just added a few white pumkins and anything that i came across in our home that i thought might pair well with the colors, and i really like the end result. of course i had to throw in a few glittery christmas trees because i couldn’t possibly swear off all kitsch forever now could i? but admittedly, combining them with these rustic shapes and colors makes them feel less garish and more homely than if i had gone all out with red, white and green like i used to do. when december is a little more underway and we have set up our christmas tree, i think i’ll switch out the dried flowers for eucalyptus and pine branches to get a little more green in there.

on a semi-related note, this time of year is my absolute favorite. like with anything i really enjoy, the build up to the actual experience is often at least as much fun as the event itself. to me, ‘the holidays’ are actually more about the weeks leading up to them than the actual festivities. i love the weekends visiting christmas markets (our favorite is NOEL AUX BASTIONS in geneva) and going to the christmas tree farm to reserve our tree, our annual date night going late night gift shopping in the city center, ordering the girls their custom christmas ornaments (building them a collection for them to take when they’ll leave the house)… this year we’ve resolved to make smores happen and we’ve put our advent calendar in place for the third year in a row – one of my absolute favorite family traditions with the girls!

are you a holiday fan or can’t spring be here soon enough for you? what are your favorite times of year? and also, how many VASES is too many vases for one household (asking for a friend)?

photos by stephanie duval • CECILIE MANZ VASE kindly gifted by MISTER DESIGN


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