An All Modern Christmas

An All Modern Christmas

If you’ve been a Hello Lidy follower for a while now, you know that I gravitate toward that Scandinavian vibe in our home, especially during the holiday season. This year, I teamed up with AllModern to give our living room an all modern look this Christmas – pun intended! I was really searching for simplicity by incorporating the bare essentials to really give my space an authentic and warm atmosphere. Here are a few tips on how you can achieve this look in your home too: Go for a simple palette that consists of two to three colors. Lots of white is a must! White goes with everything and instantly makes a room look fresh, light and modern. Black and grey are also my go-to accents, which are great for a stylish Christmas interior! You can easily introduce these colors with throws or pillows, while creating a warm and inviting vibe. Try not to crowd your space with too many decorations. Get rid of your everyday decor by storing it away for the season and to make extra room for your Christmas pieces. I really kept the space simple as far as decorating was concerned, but when buying new holiday decor (which inevitably will happen) I made sure to gravitate toward pieces that added great texture and graphic elements to the space. Like a bold black star or grey bead garland. Invest in a statement piece that is both practical and pretty. For years my living room was missing something. We have two rectangular shaped couches and a rectangular coffee table. There were just too many harsh lines and not enough flow. We brought in this amazing coffee table that really helps everything feel a...
Fresh Evergreen Christmas Garland

Fresh Evergreen Christmas Garland

Today, I’ve teamed up with Command Brand to create this very festive and fresh evergreen Christmas garland for your fireplace mantle this season! If you don’t have a fireplace, no problem! You can easily hang this garland on your wall or to frame any area of your home that you desire! It’s the perfect way to dress up your space, while keeping things simple and modern.  Materials Command Clear Medium Hooks (that can hold up to 3 pounds) Fresh winter greens Floral wire Wire cutters Instructions Begin by taking your greenery and overlapping it one onto the other, working in sections. Attach using floral wire. Repeat until you have a long enough garland for your mantle or wall.  You can choose to add different greenery on top of your garland to add variation and texture. Simply attach one at a time using your floral wire once more.  To attach your garland to your wall or fireplace mantle, use your Command Brand decorative hooks and simply follow directions as shown. You may choose to use as many hooks as necessary in order to hang your garland. I used 4 in total. Two at the top and two on either side of my fireplace mantle.  Once your hooks are secured to your surface, be sure to hang your garland so the weight is evenly distributed. Step back, adjust where needed and enjoy! I have been really craving simple decor this season. I love how crisp the greenery looks against the white and it’s just what this space needed. My life seems very chaotic right now, so to balance it all out I’m really tempted to go...
DIY Hanging Evergreen Bouquet

DIY Hanging Evergreen Bouquet

For a few years now, we’ve had an artificial Christmas tree. There are positives and negatives about it. Some positives: No mess to clean, easy to pack and store away for next year, money-saver, can come pre-lit, available in different colors and shapes! The negatives: No fresh scent of Christmas.  Yeah, it’s a big deal. I find myself buying a TON of candles, but even then it’s not the real thing. An easy solution is to introduce evergreens in small doses throughout your home. Like this super simple hanging evergreen bouquet!  Materials  Assortment of winter greenery (which you can find at Home Depot or a local florist shop) Floral wire Wire cutters Directions Begin by arranging your greens as you would with a bouquet of flowers. Make sure to disperse them evenly throughout.  Once you like your arrangement, simply begin attaching them using floral wire until they feel secured together.  Attach a string of wire from one end of the bouquet to the other and simply hang!  It’s that easy you guys! It’s about creativity and really what you think looks pretty. And when you’re working with just greenery, you really can’t go wrong! Best part is, it smells amazing! Feel free to sit the stems in water overnight to keep them fresh and long lasting. Simply dry the stems and hang them back up again!  Stay tuned! Tomorrow I have another lovely option for bringing in fresh greens into your home this season. XOXO, Lidy  ...
A Nordic Christmas

A Nordic Christmas

When I think of what a Nordic Christmas means to me, I think of all the white that surrounds me during the holidays. The sun hitting the surface of the snow, projecting glimmers of silver specks. The air is clean and crisp, making it easy to want to find something soft and furry to snuggle inside the warm house. And really, when I think of how these attributes define the outdoors, it’s so easy to bring that feeling inside too! Our homes can translate on a design level, what we experience in nature. To really capture a nordic Christmas, this year I’ve gravitated to silvers and grays! I’m using a lot of white and a bit of black for accents. The overall tone of the space should feel monochromatic, because if you live somewhere that gets hit by a lot of snow during the holidays (like Canada), you know that everything seems to settle into one specific color and hue!!  I teamed up with Minted to bring simple and minimal elements to help decorate my space this Christmas. I brought in some winter greens for a touch of nature indoors and hung these beautiful Nordic Noel, Wintry Mix, and Silver Dipped paper ornaments on the branches. Because they are paper, they are lightweight and I won’t risk damaging any of my branches – they are perfect! What kind of Christmas would it be without mountains somewhere displayed in the home?! I love how majestic the Rocky Mountains are here in Alberta, you can see them from where we live and when the snow falls they are even more alluring. These lovely Silver-Foiled Dipped...
DIY Modern Candle Holder Two Ways

DIY Modern Candle Holder Two Ways

Remember when I mentioned the The Holiday Collective? Well, here‘s a refresher just in case! For the past three weeks a handful of bloggers have been sharing lots of holiday inspiration for you all to enjoy and today it’s my turn to share with you a DIY Modern Candle Holder Two Ways! Be sure to check it out and feel free to browse the other projects you might have missed. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook for even MORE projects coming up!  XOXO,...
DIY Modern Gold + Wood Votive

DIY Modern Gold + Wood Votive

Alright friends, I’m pretty excited about today’s post! I’ve teamed up with Porch and 8 other amazing bloggers to share DIY projects for Thanksgiving all under $30. Pretty fun, right? And if you’re visiting from The Blissful Bee – welcome! So thrilled you are here!  First, I have to admit that our Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone already and I kind of have my Christmas stuff out already! Eek! But this DIY Modern Gold + Wood Votive will work just as well for any holiday tabletop – including Thanksgiving! Materials Waddle 2-1/4″ Pine Round Bun Foot Wood Table Legs Sandpaper  Damp Cloth Acrylic Paint  Painters Tape  Pliers Drill and Forstner Bit Candles Instructions 1. Remove the old rod using pliers.  2. Drill a hole into the center of your wood, using the drill and a forstner bit that is the same width as your candle.  3. Lightly sand and wipe wood clean.  4. Tape off sections if you want a fun design or to protect paint from dripping in areas you do not wish to paint. Apply first layer of paint. Allow to dry in between each coat. 5. Remove tape. Simply place your candle into the drilled hole and enjoy!  I decided to paint two – one black and gold, but you can choose any color! To keep the project under $30, you may just want to stick to one. I love the mixture of raw wood and a bit of metallic, color or both! It’s certainly perfect for your holiday tabletop, a shelf or even windowsill to add a pop of color and a festive touch.  For more fun...
DIY Scandinavian-inspired Centerpiece

DIY Scandinavian-inspired Centerpiece

Sometimes, it feels nice to dress up the table for the holidays. As a host, I feel a lot fancier and experienced than I really am – tee hee. And dressing up the table is really not as hard as it seems. You need a few items on hand and a little time.  Be sure to head on over to Curbly for the how-to and come on back to let me know what you think. Does it look ok?!  XOXO,...
The Entryway Makeover | Before

The Entryway Makeover | Before

The entryway is where first impressions are made. And if it’s true that first impressions never die, let’s hope it’s a good one! Our entryway definitely had an impact when you first walked in, but it wasn’t a good one. The floors were outdated, the walls were a light green and the banister. Oh, the banister. A clean oak wood, with dark forest green posts, I’m sure it was meant to look modern and unique. But really, it translated as confused and a bit tacky. There was so much going on in such a small space, it was sure to overwhelm all who stepped into our door.  When you try to make your home feel cohesive and smooth flowing, it was always interrupted by our entryway. Something had to be done and quick. But you guys, if I haven’t said it before loud and clear – let me say it again! Paint. And as always, Sherwin-Williams is that super hero that flies in and saves the day.  Boy, does paint give a space that magical touch. So, here was the overall plan: 1. Install new flooring.  2. Paint walls. 3. Remove forest green posts and paint banisters a solid color. 4. Change out lighting.  5. Keep decor clean and simple.  With this is mind, we were more than motivated to start the entryway makeover. Let me be honest, stripping the paint off the posts took us TWO days. It was so incredibly intense and I lost a lot of my enthusiasm. I just kept thinking, what have we started. Because if you’ve done renovations or makeovers before, you’ll know they are always...
DIY Faux Mercury Glass Vases

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Vases

As much as I love to go out and shop for new holiday decor, it’s always nice to come up with ways to create those pieces in the comfort of your own home. I created these very easy-to-make DIY faux mercury glass vases to spice up your holiday decor this season!   For simple instructions and more pretty pictures – head to Curbly!!  XOXO,...
Scandinavian Style Christmas Card Holder

Scandinavian Style Christmas Card Holder

Let the Christmas posts begin! Too soon? Nah. Every year, it seems I’m the last one to get family pictures taken. The last one to order Christmas cards. And let’s be honest, the first one scrambling to hand them out to family and friends (because it’s too late to mail them out). I can never seem to get ahead, but this year was going to be different! I put a lot of effort into planning ahead! We got our family pictures taken during Thanksgiving and I ordered my Christmas cards as soon as our family pictures arrived. Which means, I had time to put some thought into a fun and creative way to hand them out to family and close friends this year, rather than just the norm. I decided to create a fun Scandinavian style Christmas card holder.  Materials Pine Wood Table Saw (or Circular Saw – which you can rent!) Sand Paper Damp Cloth Painters tape Paint Paint brush Hot glue gun Photo metal clips (I found mine at Michael’s) Directions Trace your house shape onto the piece of pine.  Using your table saw (or circular saw), carefully cut out the shape.  Sand the edges and wipe the excess dust using a damp cloth.  Tape off sections of your house-shape to create a fun design.  Paint your house and allow to dry completely in between coats.  Carefully remove tape.  Using a hot glue gun, attach the metal clip to the center of your house.   Press your clip firmly into the glue until it is completely secured. Clip your Christmas card onto the house and enjoy!  These little houses...
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