DIY Minimalist Paper Christmas Tree For Small Spaces or Tabletops

If you have a small space or simply want to decorate a tabletop in a new way, then this non-traditional Christmas tree just may be your new favorite DIY project. Not only is it super cute, but I have the DIY "recipe" for you below along with very good news -- it's super cheap to make and looks lovely!

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This tree is just so sweet and I like it because my dear friend Leslie Shewring made it for the Scandinavian-inspired decorating story in our book, Decorate For a Party, and it can be made with paper in any color,  or even a monochromatic theme with the same color or use many colors and turn it into a rainbow tree! You can decorate it as you wish too, perhaps with white twinkle lights, colored lights, ornaments or anything else that catches your eye. You can even make several smaller versions in green and craft a woodland-theme party for a child's birthday - trees are not only for Christmas. Make it your own!

Here are a few simple instructions on how to make this paper fringe tree. This DIY can be found directly in our book in the holiday craft party section, complete with our playlist of songs to put you in a mood that is merry and bright!

DIY PAPER FRINGE TREE

Tools: You will need a hot glue gun, glue sticks, cardboard, black paper, lightweight white paper, black tape, scissors, craft knife.

ROW ONE (left to right)

STEP ONE: Cut the cardboard to your desired triangular tree shape.

STEP TWO: Start about 5cm (2 inches) from the bottom of the tree and cut approximately a 5cm (2 inches) wide strip of white paper to a length just wider than the width of the tree.

STEP THREE: Glue the top edge of the strip of white paper to the cardboard and then trim the width to the angle of the cardboard.

ROW TWO (left to right)

STEP FOUR: Create a fringe along the bottom edge of the white strip of paper you just glued down. Make the cuts about a 1cm (1/2 inch) apart.

STEP FIVE: Repeat with more white strips, making sure to overlap each one over the previous one.

STEP SIX: Finish by adding a black strip of paper to cover the exposed 5cm/2 inches of cardboard along the bottom of the triangle. Use black tape to wrap around the sides of this base, or just wrap the black paper around.

Decorate For a Party, Available in English, German, French and Italian and available where all fine books are sold.

Decorate For a Party, Available in English, German, French and Italian and available where all fine books are sold.

I love Holly and Leslie’s new book. Page by page with new and chic party ideas, all using inexpensive materials. Happy party everyone!
— Paul Lowe, Founder, SWEET PAUL magazine

Decorate For a Party is available in GERMAN, FRENCH and ITALIAN and of course in BRITISH ENGLISH and also AMERICAN ENGLISH. It also available in Australia via Murdoch Books and Hardie Grant.

See you again tomorrow everyone with a little decorating project from my home to share.

Love,

Holly

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9 Simple Swedish Things For The Home That I Love

Hi everyone, I hope that you are doing good. We've had a lot of snow the past few days and this weekend was filled with relaxing moments with friends and family and lots of good food. I love this time of the year when everything starts to slow down, don't you? Have you finished all of your holiday shopping yet? If not, I will tell you about a great spot to shop in Europe if you are still on the prowl for nice gifts. I went to Granit in Hamburg earlier this year and now, I've shopped them again for some things to cozy up my home.

Photo for Granit by Seraina Silja Hürlimann

Photo for Granit by Seraina Silja Hürlimann

In fact, I picked up linen cushions, a wooden bank, a zinc plant holder, string lights, a tee-pee for Aidan's bedroom, and a lovely fur throw. Tomorrow here on decor8, I'll share how everything looks all set up in his room - I need to take some photos for you because it's very sweet! The tee-pee is his new reading nook and a spot where he can dream and play during these cold, winter months. I can't wait to show you!

But first, here are 9 things from Granit that I love - I consider them all useful and also decorative, and I believe that they will stand the test of time despite how trends come and go. And if you are living in Germany, I have good news for you... This Swedish design staple now has 4 stores here (the closest to me is located in Hamburg, there are two in Berlin (I shopped there over the summer at Granit in Mitte) and also you can go to Granit in Cologne. I hope they'll open in Hannover because it's really the perfect spot for them - fingers crossed!

Granit has an online shop in Germany too though so it's easy to buy online and for the rest of Europe, here is their EU shop.

1. Buchstabentafel Klein / Letterboard, Small (shown above). These are fun to put inspirational quotes on, and to change them up as you need to.

ROW 1

2. Lichterkette 10 Lampen LED / String of LED Lights - Totally versatile and I like the black mixed with the large bulbs, looks industrial and they're great for indoors or out.

3. Zelt Tipi / Ivory Teepee - This was so easy for me to set up and it's very sturdy too!

4. Korb Gummi mit Deckel Groß / Large Rubber Container - I like these rubber containers for plants or to use as paper bins for the office.

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5. Blumentopf/Schale Beton Gerade / Cement Flower Pot with base - Gorgeous for bulbs this time of the year.

6. Lichterkette Ball 80 Lampen LED / Twinkle LED light string - I like these in white and the fact that their are 80 of them, wow!

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7. Bank Holz/Metall / Wooden bench with black metal base (you can paint the wood any color you wish!)

8. Pflanzenampel Einfach Schwarz / Black plant holder - I love seeing these with glass pots for plants, looks so unique!

9. Kissen Leinen Weiß / White linen cushion (other colors are available). I like these because the quality of the linen is so, so good and the fillers are great too - plus they are big and cozy to cuddle with.

And to "wrap" up this post, I need to show you some very simple Scandinavian ways to wrap your holiday presents, and everything you see can be purchased in the office supply section of Granit in-store or online here. I love how they've used sprigs of fresh greenery too. It's so easy and uncomplicated to wrap beautiful gifts this way!

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I'll be back tomorrow to show you how I've created a cozy corner for my son's bedroom using things I found at Granit in Hamburg. See you soon!

(This post is sponsored by Granit. All words are my own.)

 

 

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Big News: Jonathan Adler Germany + Meet Jonathan In Berlin!

I have such great news to reveal that you've not heard about yet and it's all about American potter, designer, and author Jonathan Adler...

Jonathan Adler is now available in Germany AND he will be hosting a gorgeous press event and customer event at KaDeWe in Berlin on January 17, 2018 located at Tauentzienstraße 21-24 in the brand new Jonathan Adler section of the store, on the fourth floor.

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

I will be there with Mr. Adler since the night before, I am part of a very special and intimate dinner party to honor him and his launch into the German market.

Then on the 17th, I'll be at KaDeWe to give a warm welcome to Jonathan along with (hopefully) all of you. It will be just gorgeous to meet you all and for him, very exciting as he is so interested in learning more about the interiors scene here in Germany and to share his designs with all of you which range from furniture to pottery, small accessories and gifts. 

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler dining room

Jonathan Adler dining room

ABOUT JONATHAN

Starting his career as a potter, Jonathan opened his first store in Soho, New York, in 1998. Figuring “why stop at pots,” he launched throw pillows and then started imagining the sofas those pillows could sit on. Soon enough he was in the home décor biz, working with artisans of all kinds to craft everything from swanky side tables to divine dinnerware to custom upholstery. If you’re not familiar with his designs, do browse his website in the United States or the UK site.

Polished, eccentric and unexpected, Jonathan describes his aesthetic as ‘Modern American Glamour’, a look which he achieves by creating a foundation of timelessly chic furniture and accessorizing with abandon. Jonathan’s favorite motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it”, reflects his continued commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and irreverent luxury. But his love of pottery remains at his core: his office in New York sits between a giant kiln and a working pottery studio. Ultimately, Jonathan believes that your home should make you happy – and I couldn’t agree more!

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

DID YOU KNOW?

Several years ago when I was making my first book, Decorate, I spent a day styling his home in New York City alongside my team and photographer Debi Treloar. I will never forget the experience of working in his gorgeous, colorful home which is filled with so many things he designed. I walked away from that experience forever changed; which is why his home story in my first book is one of the most meaningful shoots I've ever been on.

Now, so many years later, I am overjoyed to welcome Jonathan Adler to Germany officially. I am also so proud because I've been writing about him on decor8 since I started this site nearly 12 years ago, so you can be sure that to finally get to meet him for the first time next month is, for me, a great honor and I'm happy to extend the invitation to all of you if you're able to be in Berlin on January 17th. It will be a special chance for you to meet Jonathan (one in a million, really!) and I know that you will walk away inspired and happy since I've heard that he's a delightful man to spend time with.

If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it.
— Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

MY JONATHAN ADLER GIFT GUIDE

In addition to this wonderful announcement, I thought to give my German audience a bit of a preview of what you can find in his concession at KaDeWe with a round up of my 8 favorite Jonathan Adler products below. Links are all out to the UK website, as no German website exists yet, but if you’re looking to get your holiday shopping done, all products listed are available to purchase now in KaDeWe. He also has concessions in The Interior Club, Düsseldorf and Coop Raumwerk, Munich where you can buy his products, too. For those of you heading to Maison et Objet, you must check out his fabulous stand in Hall 3.

ROW 1: Dora Maar condiment bowl €59, Carnaby Zebra stacking dish, gold €39, Globo boxes €198/€298/€398 and Bel Air mini scoop vases yellow, turquoise €89.

Row 2: Boss Lady needlepoint pillow €119, Futura Bullseye vase €159, Holiday Hearth candle €45, Acrylic pills € 98/€169/€269.

Jonathan Adler at KaDeWe, Berlin - Meet him live on January 17, 2018!

Jonathan Adler at KaDeWe, Berlin - Meet him live on January 17, 2018!

JOIN US IN BERLIN - RSVP

If you would like to join either the PRESS event from 5-6pm on January 17 or the CUSTOMER EVENT from 6-8pm on January 17 at KaDeWe, please email me at press@decor8blog.com and I will make sure to put you in touch with his PR manager and they'll be in touch with you.

CONGRATULATIONS to JONATHAN ADLER - So happy to see him and his products in Germany!

Photography: Jonathan Adler

(Note: This post is in collaboration with Jonathan Adler Germany. All opinions expressed are my own.)

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For December

Ready for a little holiday shopping with me today? Hi there, it's Allan and can you believe that it is the last month of the year? Are you excited for the holidays? I know I am because I will be celebrating Christmas with my entire family, which hasn't happened since I was 8 or 9.

Photo: Ann Ringstrand

Photo: Ann Ringstrand

I love this season because spending time finding the perfect gift for everyone and to just take my time with shopping makes me happy. I hate stressing, so if I don’t find everything on my list, I don’t sweat it. I’ll try it again next year. I am currently in Los Angeles, until mid-month, then I'll take a quick trip to Mexico before heading back to Copenhagen. It’s nice to get a few drops of the sun in before the long months of darkness.

I really hope that you enjoyed last months' "10 Favorites" list. I've received a bunch of very nice comments, so please keep it up – and feel free to recommend your favorites, maybe you know of brands and products that I don’t. This month, I have once again collected some of my favorites. Really pay attention to the art section, as these iconic photos are perfect for the wish list this year.

I also want to highlight the grooming sections, which are so much fun, I really am testing every product too, only the best for you guys!

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1 // FURNITURE:

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have noticed I just purchased the George Nelson bench designed in 1946. The ash seat has been on the top of my wish list for years, and just a few weeks ago it was finally delivered. I use it as a coffee table, as the width is just perfect in my narrow living room. It comes in two different lengths and the clean linear aesthetic lines make it perfect if you want a simple look in your home.

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2 // ART:

I just love the old Hollywood glamour and I am such big fan of those great actors. Some of my favorites are Paul Newman, James Dean, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Sonic Edition has made it their sole mission to make iconic photographs available in super high quality perfect for any gallery wall. They are not only able to deliver magnificent photos of great actors, but also some of the most historic moments in sports and unique moments of some of the greatest musicians of our time. Check out my favorites among hundreds of photos in the Sonic Edition collection.

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 3 // DECORATE:

It is the season of lamps though finding the right one(s) is never easy. One thing is certain, you can (almost) never have too many, and most importantly choose lamps that give a warm, soft light. There is nothing worse than a harsh bright glare. For perfect ambiance, you need lamps in every corner, and you certainly do not have to go big, but a small lamp is perfect for a subtle cozy feeling on rainy, dark winter nights. I really recommend the new small, ripped table lamp Fitting #03 from Danish Lyngby Porcelain, which is just so perfect in any corner of your home.

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4 // SLEEP:

Just a short train ride from Copenhagen you can check-in to the perfect spa hotel, Skodsborg. A former hospital now transformed into a beautiful spa retreat with a massive spa and sauna area, state of the art fitness facilities, multiple restaurants and amazing rooms. The junior suites have just been updated with new interior – and the views from the balconies are the best overlooking the Baltic Sea.

5 // LISTEN:

What can I say; it’s the holiday season. Just be happy I didn’t choose Jingle bells, jingle bells. Get out your Christmas cards, pop this on the stereo and start writing those cards to all your loved ones. It's Mariah Carey, All I want for Christmas is you! Classic.

By the way, what's your favorite Christmas song?

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6 // GROOM:

I am over the moon. We finally got our very own Le Labo store in Copenhagen. I quickly dropped by to snatch some of their new men’s grooming collection, including great beard oil and face bronzer, which is just perfect to get you a little bit of a sun-kissed face.

I came across all natural unisex skincare brand, Surface, which claims to be perfect for skin that faces the city, so I snatched up their city set #2, which includes a face mist that works perfectly for a quick fix up when on the go. I also enjoy the energizing face cream; it seems to really boost and revitalize your skin.

Finally, I have been washing my hair with products by Australian brand Kevin Murphy. Honestly, I don’t really wash my hair too often, so when I do, I do like nice products and the Stimulate-Me wash really spoke to me. And while I won't admit it just yet, I am getting older, which you can see on my fast retrieving hairline, so I had to try the thick.again spray. So far all I can say is that I really like the scent, does it work? I don’t know yet, but keep following me on IG and you might see me rocking a full-on mullet next year.

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 7 // READ:

Remodalista has a new book out, a companion to their new website. This compact tome shows how to accomplish an unencumbered life in a home that makes us happy, with more than 100 simple and stylish tips, each clearly presented and accompanied by full-color photographs that are sure to inspire. A really nice book for the coffee table and a great source for updating your home in 2018.

Photo: Rose cafe

Photo: Rose cafe

8 // EAT:

One of the most iconic restaurants in Venice, LA, and one of my all-time favorites is Rose café. They recently did a major makeover making the outside restaurant even more perfect. The 5-course tasting menu is amazing and lets you taste more or less everything on the menu, and a few you won't find on the menu. Skip the butcher’s board, but do order the ravioli with braised pork. It is to die for.

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9 // SHOP:

As you are probably all shopped out after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and slowly regaining your strength for the Christmas shopping, I’ll make it easy for you this month. If you are in Europe, check out one of my favorite online shops for great design,  Rosborg. Rosborg is just a great site to source those presents – and if you are in the US, you have to check out TRNK, which is ultra-curated designer furnishings and decor that are simply chic. 

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10 // SMELL:

Scented candles are everywhere. The trick is to choose the ones that don’t smell too much unlit, as the oils will really send out the scents when heating up. A new one on my radar is Swedish Hope founder Ann Ringstrand, who has started a new brand in her own name. I love the style and scent of the candle in the reusable ceramic cup by Gustavberg. Just perfect as a treat to yourself or perfect on your Christmas wish list.

Happy holidays and I will see you next year. - Allan

(Text, Photos by Allan Torp unless otherwise noted)

[Editor's Note: Le Labo, Surface, Kevin Murphy, Skodsborg Hotel and Sonic Edition are part of an "in kind" partnership between Allan Torp and the brands. The lamp was part of a paid collaboration between Allan Torp and Lyngby Porcelain for Bungalow5. This review is provided by Allan Torp for decor8, any collaborations are his own. All words and opinions are his own.]