This Minimal Toronto Home Has the Coziest, Nordic-Inspired Holiday Decor

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Name: Jo Charron, husband, son, and dog
Location: Toronto, Canada
Type of home: Semi-detached home
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live in a century-old Toronto semi with my husband, Eric, and our 7-year-old sons, Owen (human) and Charlie (canine). Our house used to be a rental duplex, which we’ve slowly converted into a single family home.

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Our holiday shelfie. String lights make everything better.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Cozy, boho, minimalist-ish, Nordic, mid-century modern

What is your favorite room and why? The living room. We spend the most time as a family here. I like that it’s tidy and uncluttered, yet has a laid-back vibe.

Over the holidays, we like making it feel as cozy as possible with throws, candles, and more pillows. But, we also try to keep visual clutter to a minimum with neutrals and natural elements instead of the usual flashy stuff.

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Our cedar garland with added sprigs of eucalyptus and spruce

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? I wish our home were two stories instead of three (very narrow) floors.

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We used mostly natural materials for the ornaments: felt, wood, paper.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? These gorgeous turned wood candleholders from Canadian artist Bethanie Kaye.

Any advice for creating a home you love? I live by that saying “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” I would go further and suggest that the useful things should also be beautiful. In the most put-together homes, everyday items blend in, or contribute, to an aesthetic.

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Our front entry, decorated with a DIY deer head/wreath for the holidays.

See more of Jo’s home on her website or Instagram page. This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.