Rustic Christmas

The holiday season is the perfect time to try something new with your décor! Kalen Mehlman with Kalen’s Place in Phoenix suggests using a Scandinavian and Rustic approach! So, what exactly does that mean??!!

The Scandinavian and Rustic aesthetic entails bringing neutral colored elements from the outside right into your home. She uses branches in a silver vase to showcase her Grandmother’s hand crocheted Snowflakes while mixing different textures all in neutral tones. She also uses numerous sizes of white beads strung together to bring blend everything together.

Reindeer objects are always a bonus this holiday season, and Kalen says don’t be afraid to mix gold and silver together. Neutral holiday pillows always add a pop of festivity as well as Christmas trees in various textures like wood, feathers, and faux fur. Ornamental deer antlers painted white can add a lot of dimension to your table or mantle. And speaking of table centerpieces, she found a vintage wood bowl at a local shop that she uses year around on her table. Adding some ornaments, even ones with sayings like JOY, along with some smaller beads make something old, look new again.

While you want to stick to neutral colors, don’t be afraid to add a touch of color. With a tan and white palette, a punch of red is always fun to see! She found a garland of red wooden beads at a local craft store and she strings them throughout her décor and around candle votives that add a special sparkle!

The best part of this décor—you don’t have to break Santa’s bank. She gathers items from stores like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Target and local vintage shops. She also picks things up after the holidays on sale and stores them for next year.

Here are some of my favorite places to explore when trying to decorate my home for the holidays! Happy Shopping!

The Scottsdale Marketplace at Lincoln and Scottsdale Road -

Dozens of vendors display their unique items all under one roof! No matter what the season, make sure you give yourself plenty of time because you’re bound to find a treasure around every corner!

Another local favorite of mine is The French Bee -

Located roughly at Indian School and 38th Street, they always carry festive items like holiday towels, faux arrangements, and décor. Their linen kitchen towels come adorned with Nutcracker men, scenes of a Vintage Christmas or holiday well wishes. While you’re there, grab some hostess gifts like their candles and linen designer-esq cocktail napkins. They’ll wrap a classic black and white bow around it and you’re out the door with a great gift. If you want to learn more, you can find out more information on their Facebook page.

You can find more information about Kalen’s Place at or call 602.316.8596.

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