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Nordic Holiday Inspiration Shoot..Featured on Style Me Pretty Living!

It's almost Christmas and we are so excited that Style Me Pretty Living is sharing this Nordic inspired, holiday table and shoot with all of you today!  This shoot was inspired by my recent travels to Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden); I often find inspirations from my travels around the world so this shoot was a labor of love and my personal way of saying "cheers" to Scandinavia for showing me the magic of their region!  See the full feature here and see some more photos from my shoot with Gladys Jem below.

If I had to summarize Scandinavian design in the simplest terms, they love utilizing natural elements such as wood and they like to incorporate playful elements into their designs such as childhood motifs of toys and the memories evoked of childhood.  They also like to use textures like furs and for the most part, a lot of Scandinavian design is very monochromatic, mostly in hues of whites, blacks and greys.  I decided to combine all of my favorite elements into this shoot and created a Modern, Scandinavian, California Holiday table by using elements of wood paired with furs, white and greenery.

We draped each of the dining chairs with a fur piece to create the feeling of warmth and coziness and used white to contrast against the wooden table and wall.  I love the wooden chargers that we brought in, paired with clear glass plates, topped with engraved wooden menus.  We used etched glassware and included a copper, moscow mule mug to celebrate the season and for whimsy, added a small white deer figurine per place setting.  For the floral design, we used lots and lots of eucalyptus paired with peonies (peonies in December?  Score!) and garden roses, accented with tall tapered candles in white.  We also added wooden trees as tabletop decor for whimsy and added a larger deer figurine to complete the table.

For extra whimsy (if you haven't noticed, we love using whimsical elements in our designs), we hung simple eucalyptus wreaths with checkered red ribbons, of varying sizes at varying heights, to complete the look and aesthetic of our holiday table. 

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It isn't a party unless there is a beverage station!  We created another custom, wooden engraved sign with the note "let's get festive" and created a holiday drink station of eggnog and hot chocolate.  I think that snow globes sometimes have a negative and cheesy connotation to them, but when I found this one of a golden moose, I knew that I had to have it and incorporated it into the beverage station.  Snow globes are nostalgic in a good way, it reminds me of the magic of Christmas that I experienced as a child and there's something about that memory that I want to re-live.

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This shoot was one that was conceptualized on a whim over lunch with my pal Gladys Jem, I'm so grateful for her heart and her friendship and for the magic that we created for this shoot.

Wishing you and yours a magical Holiday season filled with love, warmth and the happiest of memories to come!