VINTAGE ORGANIC

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 2:00 PM
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All you need are lemons, limes, oranges, fresh greens and a vessel for this easy citrus centerpiece.

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.

Stocking stuffers: You won’t find Edman’s holiday stockings in a Pottery Barn catalog. He hangs antique metal sock dryers, which he’s amassed over the years, above the fireplace. “I like them for their simplicity,” he said. “That’s how you dried your socks before gas dryers.”

Repeat a theme. Edman placed pieces from his white pottery collection across his mantel and on an antique sideboard surrounded by pine boughs. On the mantel, he tucked pheasant feathers inside pots for height. Near a window, he lined pots with foil and planted paperwhites and amaryllis bulbs.

Simple citrus centerpiece: For the table, Edman filled an earthy wooden bowl with lemons, limes and oranges and tucked in fresh greens. For a more traditional look, he suggested a glass pedestal bowl or soup tureen. For the final flourish, he set a clear acrylic antler next to the bowl. “It’s a modern take on a rustic shape,” he said.

Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619









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  • Edman gives woodsy organic elements a modern edge in his holiday decor.

  • He displays antique metal sock dryers on the fireplace mantel. “I like their simplicity,” he said.

  • Interior designer Rob Edman hangs nature-themed ornaments on his tabletop tree, including this birdseed star.

  • The windowsill is lined with tiny wooden houses passed down from Edman’s grandmother.

  • Edman plants paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs in pieces from his white pottery collection.

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