Annette Joseph is a big fan of the simplicity and organic elements often seen in Nordic Christmas decor. She’s an author who knows all about how to style a party, as you’ll see on her blog Annette Joseph Style.
She shows off her Nordic Christmas decor styling here as part of our Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent Annette a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations, and let her work her holiday decorating magic.
Annette set up a dessert table that’s lush, but simple, and full of lovely details. And, she reminds us just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean you have to entertain indoors.
Take the party outside and treat your guests to some hot cocoa and toasted marshmallows after dinner. I love the idea of dessert out by the fire.
We built a fire pit in our yard a few years ago. We use it from October through March and enjoy roasting marshmallows and making s’mores all winter long.
I love serving hot chocolate bundling up with cozy throws and ending the evening with friends and family gathered around the fire pit. A fire pit is a great investment.
Now for the Challenge
For the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge, I was happy to see beautiful Martha Stewart Living ornaments and lit green garland, and some lit decorative balls. In fact, all the items in my mystery box were very neutral and perfect for the outdoor Nordic-themed holiday décor I had in mind.
I decided to make a DIY hanging wreath. Our outdoor chandelier is the perfect structure to hang the wreath from over our table. Creating the wreath was a snap, green floral wire and a few ornaments and neutral satin ribbon did the trick. I posted a tutorial showing how to make this hanging wreath on my blog.
Since I received a few evergreen garlands, I decided to use one of them as a natural table runner. The lit garland adds a lovely sparkle to the table.
I always love natural greenery as a table runner. I added a lit sparkle snow ball on the table. Although they are meant to be hung, I thought one sitting on the table looked sculptural, and in place of candles it added a lovely glow.
I added neutral sparkly ornaments and neutral ribbon to the wreath. I kept the palette very organic and very monochromatic with lots of textures, like the linen runner, natural napkins and white mugs. Very Nordic and wintery.
I had this cool lit star hanging out in my prop stash, I thought it added a very holiday touch that was graphic and unexpected.
I love the idea of using a Home Depot utility bucket, and a large rosemary plant from the Home Depot Garden Center. This is a very inexpensive touch of greenery and very earth friendly all at the same time. Living elements like this rosemary plant on a tablescape, especially because it can be used year-round for cooking.
Christmas does not always need to be the classic interpretation of green and red. When you style for the holidays, think outside the box. I love the natural elements, especially when styling in the great outdoors.
We have a zinc custom table under an arbor in our outdoor living area. It’s a very intimate and comfortable place to sit and enjoy dinner and snacks year round. I wanted to create a lovely gathering place for guests to collect their marshmallows and head to the fire pit.
Next time you think about a holiday gathering, collect all the holiday décor and head outside. Bundle up and enjoy the party.
Annette Joseph is a photo stylist and producer who specializes in lifestyle editorial images for national magazines. She writes about entertaining, decorating and more on her blog Annette Joseph Style. Annette lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.