When Emily from Table & Hearth emailed and asked me to be a part of a holiday-themed blog hop of all her favorite bloggers, I didn’t hesitate for a second before I readily agreed. Then, I looked around our house and sadly saw one lone Christmas decoration. What exactly was I thinking?
Since moving halfway across the country, decorating for the holidays has taken on a whole different meaning. We always do some modest decorating, but because we spend such a huge chunk of the holidays back in VA, it often is so minimal, you might miss it. Between our Real Housewives of Connecticut Thanksgiving and our Virginia Christmas Vacation (Griswold style), the most decorating we do is 6 year old led. We have a 3 foot Charlie Brown Christmas tree we picked up one day on the way out of Home Depot, because it looked so sad and lonely. Not exactly holiday home tour material.
Enter my friend Michelle Havens, a visual merchandiser and event planner. I have been hoping to do a house crashing post with her for a while and when the holiday home tour came up, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to beg her to let me come see what amazing holiday things she had done with her space.
First, let’s meet Michelle and her nephew Ron.
Michelle and Ron live in a beautifully decorated open concept apartment space above a dive bar in an artsy neighborhood of Minneapolis. When I first met Michelle and had the occasion to visit her apartment, the moment I opened the front door my jaw literally hit the floor. I instantly Instagrammed a photo of her perfectly styled bookshelf (because beauty like this needs to be shared.) When I recently heard her waxing poetic about the modern black and white geometric themed Christmas tree she and Ron were putting together, I knew I had to go see.
As I walked up the stairs to their apartment door, this little vignette greeted me on the stoop right outside their door and I knew I was in for a treat. (Because, really, a person who decorates the hall outside their apartment is a person who cares about the details.)
Michelle and Ron create an entirely new theme each year for Christmas, foraging for ornaments in thrift stores and hand crafting the rest. This year they settled on a modern black and white geometric theme.
Michelle thrifted the glass ornaments and made the garland from wooden door beads that she painted black and white.
Ron handcrafted the interesting geometric shapes and Michelle added dotted paper pinwheels to the mix.
Dotted throughout the tree were unique touches like this cookie cutter sprayed painted black.
Looking back from the living room into the dining room, you catch a view of the winter table scape and that killer bookcase.
This next picture is literally my favorite in the whole place. I told Michelle I want this to be my Christmas card next year.
Next year, the whole theme will be transformed. Michelle and Ron give away all the ornaments they created and start fresh. (And, I hope I will be allowed to come back. Hint. Hint.) And, if you liked this little sneak peak of Michelle & Ron’s home, you do not want to miss Monday’s full house crashing post. It is jaw droppingly gorgeous.
If you can’t get enough holiday decor, hop below to the full list of the Home for the Holidays blog hop hosted by Table & Hearth! Show the ladies a little holiday cheer. Thanks to Emily for inviting me and for Michelle and Ron for graciously inviting me into their home.
As for our holiday plans, I am loading up the kids, presents and copious quantities of coffee for the 20 hour trek back to Virginia today! Send your prayers, warm wishes and a Red Bull, please!
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P.S. Don’t forget about the Found & Foraged Linky Party starting Saturday night at 9PM! Can’t wait to see what beautiful projects you have in store!