7 Favorite Things For Christmas From Martha Stewart (+ 3 Cookie Recipes!)

Around the holidays, I used to love when my mother sang, “Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, wild geese fly with the moon on their wings, these are a few of my favorite things,” from the Sound of Music. It was always such a comforting and loving song to hear as a young girl. Do you have a favorite holiday song, too?

Each year around this time, I’m thinking a lot about my favorite things, especially family and friends - the people I love, the wish lists and the many hopes we each have of getting something new to cherish from someone we care about.

For my second and final post about The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s, I’m sharing a few of my favorite things from her holiday collection around the theme of EATING. If you remember from Friday, my first post from the collection centered around SLEEP. Now that you’re awake, it’s time to eat, so below are 7 things for mostly the kitchen, and yes the wreath again because the second one I have is on the door and I wanted to show you how it looks, and - the bonus - 3 cookie recipes from Martha!

Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's

Here are my “things” but do allow me to geek out a bit, because details make me deliriously geeky when they are done right. BUT I honestly can’t stop looking at my new cast iron dutch oven (below) in raised letters “MARTHA STEWART” on the lid, I mean, no one in Germany has that on their stove this holiday season but me (and maybe you too if you order from Macy’s, they ship overseas now). I wish I had ordered more, because I know at least a few of my foodie girlfriends over here are going to want one too.

Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
7 Favorite Things For Christmas From Martha Stewart (+ Cookie Recipes!)
Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
Favorite Things From The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's

These are my 7 favorite things from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s BUT they are selling out quickly so you better watch out, you better not cry, you better click fast, I’m telling you why….

1/ 24" Lightly Frosted Wreath with Mercury Glass Balls

2/ Tree Bowl

3/ Grey Plaid 2-Qt. Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven - also available in red in two sizes

4/ Stainless steel bottle/thermos (we are taking ours over the weekend to the mountains for a snowy hike, and filling it with hot cocoa!)

5/ Tree s+p shakers (Update: Sorry they just sold out).

6/ Cookie cutters and tray (Update: Sorry, they also just sold out.)

7/ Martha Stewart Tea Kettle

Now, how about 3 lovely Christmas Cookie recipes from MarthaStewart.com? You can view more on her website HERE. I found these, and I’m definitely baking the gingerbread this weekend with my little boy + friends. Nom Nom Nom.

I hope that you have lovely plans lined up for the holidays. What will you do? My last day of work for this year will be this Thursday, then I’m off until 2 January. BUT, I have good news for you… I have home tours lined up from tomorrow until the first week of January, so I’ve scheduled them to all run while I’m away… If you want to see what I’m up to over the holidays, I’ll definitely be posting on my Instagram and Instagram Stories (@decor8), so please stay in touch with me there.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a gorgeous home tour - TO DIE FOR - stay tuned friends!

Love,

Holly

(WERBUNG/AD: This post was sponsored by Martha Stewart and The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s. All thoughts, words, photos, styling and product selection is my own, and none of these products were selected for me or recommended. That you for supporting my site by reading and sharing my posts on your social media, it’s because of you and my occasional sponsors that I can keep decor8 up and running for nearly 13 years!)

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My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's

I was so happy when Martha Stewart called! Well, ok she didn’t call, but her people did, and they asked me to create two posts to share some of my favorite things from The Martha Stewart Collection, created for Macy’s for Christmas. Best of all, they gave me so many options that I spent about half a day making my choice for themes and products and I decided on two core themes: Eating and Sleeping. That about sums up the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve for most of us, right?!?

This is my first post decided to Sleeping but with a twist, a Christmas-y bedroom that doesn’t scream Christmas, but instead is festive enough for now. When I shop, I always look for things that I can keep and enjoy so in January, I can keep everything on my bed except for the little hats pillow and the wreath above the bed, and then I have a look that is understated and clean. I can even fold back the quilt so you only see the stripes, and replace the shams with clean white ones, and create a wreath from fresh eucalyptus over my bed for January and pack this one from Martha away until next year.

My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's

Here is my bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection, created for Macy’s. It’s only available for a very limited time, and the sales on these products right now are extremely good, so if you really want to buy something that you see then do it NOW because once it sells out, that’s it! You can also shop these things (and more!) at Macy’s store nearest to you.

My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's

AND if you don’t live in North America, Macy’s ships overseas. I got my order within a week, and I’m in Germany! I also appreciated that their was no tax nightmare, things came directly to my door without a trip to the tax office to pick it up. love how Macy’s ships here now, it gives me a chance to have some more typical “American” things in my home that I don’t have access to but have missed.

So now I have a funny little story to tell you about a small robber in my home. He appeared during my mini home photoshoot today. Do you know who it could be?

Why yes, it was my little boy, who turns 5 in only two months (!!!). He came in while I was taking photos and jumped on the bed (such great timing and so much fun some days to work from home, NOT, #momlife) and he quickly grabbed the pillow with the little hats and ran off! The pillow thief! I called out to him, “Where did you take the pillow, Schatzie?”, and he replied, “You aren’t getting it back, I like it!’. So look carefully at the pillow on my bed below because it’s the last time anyone will see it there.

It’s on HIS bed now. #$%*&!

My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's

I actually really like it on his bed though AND I really like my room with only the faux fur pillow, it’s more me. Both pillows are cute, but my little boy likes nice things in his room so I can’t say no if he swipes my decor stuff. AND I do like my bed the “new” way below, too. I guess we both win.

What do you think? Do you like the bed with or without the hat cushion? Here it is without, below:

My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's

Now it’s time to SHOP THIS LOOK: (but do it NOW because everything is on a super special offer at the moment and once it sells out, that’s it!)

24" Lightly Frosted Wreath with Mercury Glass Balls

Holiday Decorative Pillow with hats

Box Plaid Reversible Yarn-Dyed King Quilt

Windowpane Reversible 50" x 60" Classic Sherpa Throw (available in grey or red)

Faux Mongolian Fur 20" Square Decorative Pillow (available in silver or ivory. Please note ivory is really pure white and looks great, for faux fur it looks and feels real and its very soft and cozy, and the fur is on both sides which I love.)

To see what else Martha Stewart has for bedding, you can view her entire collection HERE.

My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's
My Holiday Bedding from The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's

I hope that you enjoyed my first post for Martha Stewart: SLEEPING! Next will be EATING and I’ll show you what I have to share with you next week on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend, more home tours will be on the site Monday. I have 12 more home tours schedule for December, so stay tuned for almost a tour-a-day until New Year’s Eve!

Love,

Holly

(This post was sponsored by Martha Stewart and The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s. All thoughts, words, photos, styling and product selection is my own, and none of these products were selected for me or recommended. That you for supporting my site by reading and sharing my posts on your social media, it’s because of you and my occasional sponsors that I can keep decor8 up and running for nearly 13 years!)


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Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen

Are you ready for another home tour, as part of the new #mydecor8 series? Remember, if you want your home featured on decor8, tag your favorite rooms with #mydecor8 on Instagram so I can see them and maybe you’ll be next here with your own home story and interview. I’d love to welcome you to my blog!

Today is very special because I asked Swantje Hinrichsen (@swantjeundfrieda on Instagram), someone with a lovely style that I adore, to share her home with us. Eeeeee!

Swantje is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and interior stylist and her good taste certainly shows in her home. It’s cozy, warm, natural, open, soft tones, charming and definitely has a Scandinavian vibe. It’s so HYGGE! Swantje rents her 1920’s brick house in Münster, Germany, which is 145 m2, and lives there with her boyfriend.

When I look at her home, I see so many nice design pieces as well, some that I want to own. It was also nice to see the new Muuto Pebble rug in her living room - I have the same rug from Muuto in my dining room (mine is pale rose and hers is burnt orange) and it’s a big favorite of mine because it feels so good to walk on with socks, like a little foot massage, and it’s so understated but still very much a design element in the room.

In addition to Swantje’s home tour, I’ve ask her a series of questions to learn a bit more about her likes, dislikes and favorite things from music to Instagrammers. Ready to check out her space? Let’s go!

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Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com

What does home mean to you?

Home is where I can fill up my energy, where I can be myself, where my heart is. Since I am a highly sensitive person, my daily routine and work cost me a lot of energy. It happens really fast that my energy level slows down, especially in the evening. Being at home, surrounded by art, music, my interior space… gives back the energy that I need and recharges my batteries. I always say that my home is my filling station.

How would you describe your style?

Graphic, artsy, crafty with a cozy crisp Skandinavian touch. I love furniture and things with history, especially if it’s a second-hand piece or a has a history of good craftsmanship. 

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What do you love most about your home?

The old floor and the stairway (see above photo).

What would you like to change at home?

As much as I love the open floor plan on our first floor, I sometimes would like to have doors in our big kitchen-dining-livingroom area to have more of a cozy feeling in each room. Also, I’m not the biggest „Möbelrücker“ (someone who moves furniture around); when I’ve found a place for the furniture or a furniture for a place, it stays where it is. So in this way, there is nothing I would change concerning the furniture arrangement. But I love to change wall colors because this is an easy way to achieve a whole new atmosphere, especially when you paint all of the walls in a room - and I like to paint drawers and heater in the same color as the wall as well.

Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com

Favorite thing to do at home?

Just be. In the moment. Relaxed. Aware. Happy.

Your dream piece for the home?

The Spanish Chair by Fredericia Furniture.

What is important to you when you visit someone else’s home?

To feel comfortable.

When you have people over, how does that usually play out?

I keep it casual. Mostly we cook, just sit together and talk all night long.

Favorite meal to cook?

It’s mostly my boyfriend who cooks at home, but when I do, I love to make all kind of bowls. (Editor’s note: Bowls in Germany are a big trend at the moment, for breakfast they can be with yogurt, fresh fresh, nuts, seeds and for lunch or dinner, with a base of rice for instance and then toppings like veggies, tofu, chicken, etc. Generally, they are arranged in a very artful way, which makes them different from a normal bowl of yogurt with toppings or a stir fry).

Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com

What is on your playlist?

Anemone by Slenderbodies

Slip Of The Tongue by Flora Cash

Seafarer by Tennis

Hold on by Alabama Shakes

Tennis Court by Lorde

Fresh flowers or a plant?

Both, but I always prefer just green or dried flowers instead of colorful ones.

Favorite candle/scent?

Skog by Skandinavisk, it smells like pine trees, which are my favorite ones!

Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com
Tour the Hygge Home of Swantje Hinrichsen on decor8blog.com

Red wine or white?

None. I don’t drink that much alcohol.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Definitely Chocolate.

Favorite city to shop and why?

Copenhagen, forever. I always feel so comfortable, inspired and welcomed in that beautiful city. 

Your favorite Instagram accounts?

@herz.und.blut - For that special dose of inspiration and the best content every single day.

@billie_and_i - I just love everything about Ulrikas style and photos. And the kids are the sweetest.

@annacate - I was following Catarina’s instagram for years and this year I got to know her in person: we immediately felt connected, she’s a very special friend.

@emmawallmen, @idalauga and @elinodnegard - My favorite interior stylists.

@presentandcorrect - For my daily dose of Graphic Design, stationary and color.

That’s already 7, I could name so many more!

Thank you so much Swantje for sharing your lovely home with us today on decor8. Happy Holidays!

Love,

Holly

(Photography + Styling: Swantje Hinrichsen)

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Tour The Home Of Jason Grant, One of Australia's Most Beloved Stylists

I’m so happy to welcome the ever fabulous Jason Grant to my blog today as part of the month-long #mydecor8 series of home tours on decor8 (and Instagram - add your home using #mydecor8 to take part!). I remember writing about THE Mr. Grant many moons ago after first discovering his work in some of the Australian home magazines I’ve been reading for the past 15 years. He is such an inspiring man - not only is he a leading stylist in Australia, but has authored several bestselling books, designs products and paint collections, and works for some mega brands on campaigns and catalogs. Yet, while he’s quite a design star, he manages to keep it real and to stay in close touch with his friends and fans which is one of the best things about Jason - his fame didn’t turn him into someone you don’t really enjoy hanging out with anymore. He’s still mega cool and down-to-earth and so his personality, along with his beautiful sense of style, makes him someone special. No wonder why everyone loves Mr. Grant.

Anyway, I’m honored and flattered to have him here on decor8 today to show you his home and to meet all of you.

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Jason lives in Byron Bay NSW Australia and rents a fabulous 160 sq m flat, which you will soon see below. He shares his space with Sophia, his sweet Boston Terrier who you will find often in his photos and books. She’s so cute!

So friends, I had a flash interview with Jason which is below, so that you can learn more about him like what’s on his playlist and his 6 favorite instagram accounts at the moment that you simply MUST follow!

What does home mean to you?

Home is my sanctuary and my creative space.

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic, creative not always neat, I love mixing new with old, designer with vintage finds and adding finds from nature, its always evolving.

What do you love most about your home?

It’s a huge open warehouse space combining home and studio with super high ceilings and heaps of space and best part of it its 5 minutes to the beach.

What would you like to change at home?

I wish I had swimming pool!

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Tour Jason Grant's Home on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of stylist Jason Grant on decor8blog.com

Favorite thing to do at home?

Create and relax in equal measures.

Favorite meal to cook?

I am spoiled with access to so much produce from the local farmers’ markets - I love simple healthy meals and am working towards becoming vegan and literally everything comes with a side of hummus at the moment.

Favorite candle/scent?

I’m currently working on a signature candle collection - launching in 2019!

What is on your playlist?

Rita Ora - her whole new album Phoenix - its fun and upbeat!

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Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of stylist Jason Grant on decor8blog.com

Your dream piece for the home?

I have my eye on the mags sofa from Hay.

When you have people over, how does that usually play out?

Everything is super casual, late afternoon usually aperitivo after a swim in summer, I’m a fan of a signature cocktail of the season (summer) currently a pineapple margarita or a pomegranate negroni, music, conversation and shared snacks hanging out in my outdoor courtyard.

What is important to you when you visit someone else’s home?

To bring a gift, usually flowers or wine or maybe a candle, fresh flowers or a plant? I love house plants and fresh flowers and often have both but I am also a recent convert to dried flowers too (but done well).

Red wine or white?

Rosé always in summer!

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Tour the home of stylist Jason Grant on decor8blog.com

Chocolate or vanilla?

And strawberry! But made from coconut not dairy!

Favorite city to shop and why?

Byron Bay - I love to shop local and support the place I live, its filled with many clever creatives and heaps of great places to shop.

Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of stylist Jason Grant on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour the home of JASON GRANT on decor8blog.com
Tour Jason Grant's Home on decor8blog.com

Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

Well, besides yours of course! @wearepampa - Beautiful thoughtful wares from Argentina (think handmade rugs, amazing photographic prints and other authentic pieces run by two equally lovely humans.

@nikau.store - Small but mighty plant and ceramics emporium run by two awesome woman in Byron Bay.

@riverhawkranch - My friend Kim has the best eye, natural style and is super creative and the mother of three.

@kellywearstler - I love clever, strong creative woman and she is a power house.

@theshop_keepers - Always inspiring!

@mategallery - I love their cool edit of seaside, vintage and retro wares.

Thank you so much JASON for this fantastic peek into your mind and world. BIG FAN over here!!!!

Wish you a wonderful holiday and happy new year Jason, and to my friends here at decor8, enjoy the day but first, don’t forget to FOLLOW JASON on his instagram - it’s beautiful!

Love,

Holly

(Photos/Styling: JASON GRANT)