Sunday, December 14, 2014

Church Street Christmas

There is no question of a white Christmas this year as December has already delivered quite a bit of snow to Vermont. It is a beautiful start to winter and we are looking forward to celebrating at home.

In keeping with my general aesthetic, holiday decorating at Church Street leans toward the minimalist but this year I wanted to make a change from the traditional color scheme. The blue was inspired by some Swedish Dala horses I found online. Our travels through Northern Europe last summer only intensified my interest in Scandinavian culture.

I love to set a beautiful table though never want it to feel too formal. This mix of our wedding silver with pottery handmade in Vermont and linens from Ballard Designs sums up my personal style in a nutshell.

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions; I tend to act when the idea strikes. In November I met a photographer who inspired me to give up my 26-year coffee addiction - impressive because of a previous failed attempt in 2011 that I long referred to as the worst four days of my life. I am now going on week five so here's to perseverance.

A departure from the usual Christmas crackers, this year I will be offering these 'fortunes' found at Anthropologie with dessert - something fun to ponder as we consider what lies ahead.

To all my readers, many thanks for your visits to Henhurst and all best wishes for the new year!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blue Christmas

My love of all things Scandinavian goes into overdrive as the holidays approach and the icy winter wonderland outside my window has me thinking blue and white for this year's holiday decor. It began with my ordering a version of this Advent candle wreath from The Linnet's Wing on Etsy. Following is further inspiration and as I am linking up to the Blue and White Bash at The Pink Pagoda today, please click over and see who else is sharing the love. Thank you, Jennifer, for organizing!




We traditionally start decorating the weekend after my daughter's birthday which falls on December 4th. It is going to be a great weekend!