Guest Post, Inspirations

Holiday How-to’s: Haus Design

With so many talented and creative bloggers out there, how could we not have a holiday series to inspire and delight our readers?!  We’ve tapped some of our friends from all over the country to help with this “Holiday How-to” series and first up is the delightful Barbara from Haus Design (whom we got to meet when we traveled out west this summer!)

Introducing Haus Design

I am so happy to be here today on one of my favorite blogs, The Buzz!  We are new to the Seattle area, and new in our home, so this year will be a very special holiday season for us, full of new traditions and friendships.  I’m thinking that this December we will have a Holiday Open House to celebrate.  Notice I didn’t say *party*.  I’m not sure why, but I find it’s easier on me (and our guests) to have an Open House as opposed to a full blown party.  The difference is that people can just stop in when it works with their busy holiday schedule.  We provide a window of time when we’ll have drinks and appetizers, and they can pop in for 20 minutes or the whole time!  Here are a few of my favorite ways to celebrate this season.  My goal is to do all of these – we’ll see how successful I am! :)

Holiday Swags

I believe a festive welcome is a must to set the right one for the party.  I love the look of swags like these for a more interesting look.

Cranberry Mojito

My husband’s favorite drink is a Mojito.  I’m anxious to try this out 0 it will look so cheery floating around in guests’ hands at the party!

Cheerful Chairs

I’d love to dress up our dining room table with this type of detail.  Our dining room chairs are Danish – the sleek design lends itself perfectly to adding a slipcover and a flourish.

Elf Doughnuts

Since the kids will be coming, I want to provide some fun food, too.  How cute are these Elf Doughnuts?!

Gift Wrap with a Naural Touch

This is the Type A in me, but I truly adore when all of the Christmas gifts have coordinated wrapping paper.  This natural look won’t overpower the room and will give the tree a nice, cohesive, nature-inspired look.

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet Carolyn and Cynthia once before, and if they lived closer, I’d definitely love to be celebrating with them this holiday season!  C & C – if you decide to jump on a plane, let me know – I’ll have a cranberry mojito ready for you! :)


Thank you, Barbara, for your wonderful post –  just let us know when the party is and we’ll be there with sleigh bells on!

Photo sources and more Open House ideas can be found on Barbara’s Pinterest board here!


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  • Reply The Enchanted Home November 30, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Those elf donuts are the cutest thing EVER! And that mojito is sceaming out my name:) Looks sooo good. Love all the details Barbara that make a “open house’ you, get very into my gift wrapping too…the presentation is so important! Thanks to all three of you!

  • Reply quintessence November 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Love seeing Barbara here for a little early celebrating. Agree – the elf donuts are adorable and I’m liking the natural themed wrapping! Happy Weekend!

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass November 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I LOVE the swag and the greenery in the napkin. So pretty!
    Happy Friday.

  • Reply designchic November 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

    These images get me inspired for decorating this weekend – just love the dining room chairs and the donuts…adorable!! Happy weekend, ladies ~

  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann November 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    What a fun series and I love Barbara’s ideas! I think our white slip-covered chairs would look great with a little fa la la festive wrapping. I couldn’t agree more with Barbara that if you ladies felt like jumping on a plane and visiting Seattle again, I would just love to share a little holiday cheer with you! Happy Weekend! XOXO

  • Reply Donna with A Designer's Perspective November 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Great series for the holiday season!! I love the gift wrapping and the wreath on the door. Using natural garland is always that extra special touch!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita November 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Terrific ideas! I’m getting in the spirit!

  • Reply stitchfork November 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Love all of the above! And elf donuts – so making those!

  • Reply Stacey November 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    What a fun series! Loving the elf doughnuts too! Great ideas. XX

  • Reply pretty pink tulips December 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    An Open House sounds like the perfect holiday party! Come and go.

    Love the pretty slipcovers and embellishments….and those elf donuts could not be any cuter!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply Robyn December 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Beautiful decorations and ideas, Barbara! I think your post has finally got me in the Christmas spirit!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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