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HOW I DECORATED MY SMALL NORDIC FLAT ABROAD FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s the last day of 2016 and a great day to share a couple of images of my Christmas decorations before it all gets taken down.. Anyone else sad that the festive season is almost over?

I have a confession to make, I am 31 and this year was the first time I had my own Christmas tree! Living abroad I always travel back to my family for Christmas, and because of that I never saw the point in decorating too much before leaving. But this year I decided it was about time to start a collection of decorations of my own. Growing up in Norway we always had a real tree, it was a lovely tradition I always looked forward to. Now when I am living in Italy there are less real tree’s available so people tend to go for plastic version’s. I was a bit sceptic, but decided to give it a go. We purchased our tree from IKEA, and I am very pleased with the result of my FEJKA tree. Not only does it look good, but it was also easy to put up and to store away again after as it comes with a bag. I also purchased the BULLIG bamboo box to put the tree inside, and added a lovely faux fur rug in it. The tree decorations was kept quite minimal and simple, with a colour scheme of copper, white and black which reflects the rest of the flat.

The light I originally bought to have on the tree thinking we would only get a tiny one, but since we ended up with a full size tree it would not fit. Instead I had it hanging on the wall which was very lovely. I might keep it up for a while as it’s not too Christmassy.. I also added tons of scented candles around the home like this one in ‘hot mulled cider’ to create that cozy winter feeling.

To keep with the theme I also got a couple of new pillow cases and a blanket. The pillows I already own have quite the summer vibe, so now I can change according to the season. I got one in white faux fur and a slight pink with copper details as well as this pretty blanket – the perfect spot for some hygge!

Last but not least I also created this super easy and cute DIY snow globe, all you need are some small trees, a jar of some sort and snow (I used rock salt).

That was it for this year, focusing on keeping it very minimal but cozy. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas time and let the countdown to 2017 begin!

// Photo credit; Ingrid Opstad

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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: SIMPLE DIY GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

I can’t belive how quick December has gone by, suddenly Christmas is approaching! I have already been home in Norway for a few days and looking forward to spend the holiday with friends and family, you can see more of what I get unto on Instagram.

Here in Scandinavia we celebrate Christmas with the family on the 24th, so tonight is the eve before the big day! For anyone needing some inspiration for their gift-wrapping, here’s a collage of simplistic and beautiful DIY ideas. You can find links to them all on my Pinterest page.

Hope you all have a lovely holiday full of hygge!

// Photo credit; found via Pinterest

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10 SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS DECORATION IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME

It’s finally December, and for me the time when I start decorating my home for the holidays. I see more and more people getting festive already in November, but for me it makes it even more special to wait until the start of advent when the countdown begins.

Here is a little guide of ways to decorate your home with a Scandinavian touch, focusing on being cozy but keeping it minimal and natural!

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1 // Create a Scandi-Chic Christmas tree with a minimal look like this one by The Merry Thought. I love the idea of using a basket to put the tree in, in-fact I’m on the look out at the moment for something similar for my tree! Make it extra cozy by also adding a faux fur rug in the basket or on the floor under.

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2 // At Christmas time pretty much all Scandinavian homes will have an advent calendar up, why not create your own DIY version like this pretty one on the Mode website.

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3 // Introduce fresh greenery in your home like pine tree clippings. This DIY candle holder by Vienna Wedekind is so simple yet stunning, and would make for a perfect centre piece on a Christmas.

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4 // For us Scandinavians its not Christmas unless there is gingerbread cookies, we love the smell and taste of them and even decorate with them around the holidays. Hang them up in the window, on the Christmas tree, have them in a jar or make a gingerbread-house.. This one by Made In Persbo is made to look like a typical nordic outdoor toilet, so funny!

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5 // Choose a natural colour palette for your home and add little touches of a colour you prefer. For me this year I am adding copper elements to not stick to the traditional colours too much and make my decorations a bit more modern. Remember to keep things simple, less is always more. Just look at how gorgeous this tree by Homey Oh My is with only white and copper decor. I also love her idea of keeping the old pages of her Stendig calendar and re-using them as wrapping paper!

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6 // It’s great to use what you already have, and if you have a big selection of gingerbread cake cutters in different shapes then this hanging wreath made by An-Margit is the perfect way to display them.

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7 // The cups from Design Letters is a statement piece and can be spotted in most Scandinavian homes. Why not have them spelling something festive like here seen on Ma Maison Blanche?

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8 // A table set with some though behind it creates a lovely environment for delicious festive dinners. This simplistic and natural setting from Bo Bedre gives a nordic vibe and a hint to the holidays without going over the top.

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9 // Add some natural wooden elements to your tree, like this lovely homemade garland by Pinjacolada for The House That Lars Built. It could also be hung on the wall or be lying on the table.

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10 // Your shelf can be the perfect place to display subtle festive elements, like this white String shelf found via Nordic Days.

What do you think of the Scandinavian Christmas decor trend, will you be trying it out this year?

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HAPPY FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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What is your advent tradition? In Scandinavia we have a lovely tradition of lighting one candle each of the four Sundays of advent. This Kubus candle holder from by Lassen is just as nice to use all year long, but fits perfectly for advent time too! I especially love the idea of giving it an extra festive vibe by wrapping fresh rosemary around it.

// Photo credit; Sabine Wittig

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IKEA CHRISTMAS INSPIRATION

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… 🎶 And if you haven’t already started with the Christmas decorations I thought I would help by sharing some lovely inspiration from IKEA. They have such a great range of both modern & nostalgic Christmas items, and the best part is that it’s all great value for money.

So here is some of my favourite holiday picks from the website;

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The STRÅLA pendant lamp gives a warm, cosy glow and spreads the holiday atmosphere in your home.

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I’m loving these VINTER 2015 hanging decoration, they are diamond-shaped and comes in assorted pastel colours!

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If it’s not snowing outside you can still create that wintery feeling in your window by adding cute snowflake ornaments from twigs. Also, these STÖPEN LED candles are so nice (and safe) to put up for instance in any bottles or jars you have. I quite like these ENSIDIG vases used here.

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And why not bake a traditional gingerbread house in true Scandinavian style using this PEPPARKAKA HUS pack! When I was young we would always build & decorate one, and wait until after New Years Eve when we got to finally smash it so we could eat it.. Yum!

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Find the whole festive range here.

// Photo credit: IKEA

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