Designer: Rob Edman, Edman Hill Interior Design, Minneapolis, www.edmanhill.com.
Holiday style: Edman’s childhood roots in small-town northern Minnesota influence his decor in his 1930s Tudor-style bungalow in Minneapolis. “I’ve always liked woodsy, organic things,” he said, “but with a little modern edge.” Edman also combines vintage collectibles with cherished decorations passed down from his grandmother, including a whimsical wooden Scandinavian elf peering from a window.
Bird lovers’ tree: Edman filled his Douglas fir tabletop tree with silver, white and nature-themed ornaments accented with a touch of red in the wood berry garland. He mixed a birdseed concoction (for the recipe, go to http://bit.ly/1bdYbG1) and pressed it into holiday cookie cutters to make birdseed ornaments, which he hung from the tree with garden twine. “After Christmas, I’ll set the tree in the back yard and the birds can eat them,” he said. His version of a tree skirt is an old menswear-patterned blanket wrapped around the base. A West Elm twig ornament with a “modern, organic shape” tops the tree. “With a real tree, you don’t have to hang as many ornaments,” said Edman. “They’re pretty just the way they are.”
Grandmother’s houses: Edman displayed his collection of miniature red wooden houses from his grandmother on a kitchen windowsill. “I mostly like to decorate with things that have some meaning,” he said. “But a little bit of retail doesn’t hurt.”
Ghosts of Christmas past: Edman scours estate and garage sales for holiday decor that “lots of people think is trash but adds vintage interest,” he said. His finds include 1940s plastic tiny reindeer, metal cookie cutters, a wooden “Merry Christmas” sign and old glass ornaments placed inside pedestal bowls for pops of color.