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10 SCANDINAVIAN EASTER DECORATION IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME

I can’t believe it’s April and almost easter already, where does the time go? I love decorating my home for the holidays, and Easter is such a lovely time full of joy and hope. This year in my own home I have kept it fairly minimal with a few little subtle decor elements, but I might add some more during the week. In the meantime, I have been browsing the web for some inspiration, which I thought I would share with you.

Here is a little guide of ways to decorate your home with a Scandinavian touch this Easter, going away from the more traditional style and instead focusing on creating a minimal and natural vibe!

1 // If you are having a family dinner or party with friends this Easter, why not decorate each plate with little, individual nests? I love this beautiful table setting by Stylizimo, very chic!

2 // In Scandinavia we always decorate our home with pussy willow branches or birch branches. They can either be decorated with feathers or eggs on, or simply put in a vase and displayed as is for a more minimal look. They are the perfect accessory to an all white table like this one from Medina Lind don’t you think?

3 // This is a little display I created in my own home, a modern nest! I used my two Danish design birds from Architectmade as well as one of the Kaleido tray by HAY. The eggs are recently bought from Flying Tiger, they have such a great range of Easter decor this year so it is worth a visit!

4 // As soon as I saw these cute DIY bunny napkins also by Stylizimo I knew I had to include them in my round-up, such a great way to decorate by using something you already have. Click through to find a link to a tutorial video if you also want to have a try.

5 // At Easter I love the idea of bringing more of nature inside, so what about decorating your eggs with moss instead of the traditional paint? I found this great tutorial from The Merrythought and thought the effect was beautiful. It adds a lovely pop of green in your home.

6 // For me, the gorgeous Unico pastel vases by Kähler oozes Easter, I have a yellow one myself and although I have it out all year long it comes to it’s right at springtime.

7 // But Easter doesn’t have to be about pastel, what do you think of this chic mix of concrete and black tones by Mielille via Instagram? I think it is very sophisticated and gives off a lovely dark Nordic mood.

8 // As I mentioned before, us Scandinavians love to decorate with branches at Easter, and these pretty ornaments made of folded paper are beautiful decorations to hang on a twig. They are handmade by Studio Äppel Päppel, a Swedish design duo.

9 // Easter is also about hygge, and I love the way Ma Maison Blanche has styled her String shelf with all white and wood elements. This minimal look is perfect for achieving the Scandinavian feeling at spring. Use your own shelf at home as your display area highlighting some of your favourite seasonal items.

10 // And for Easter morning, the egg cups from Design Letters are a great Scandinavian touch. Here styled by Hviit.

What do you think of these Scandinavian decor ideas, will you be trying any of these out this year? I hope you have a wonderful week and Easter celebration, ‘God Påske’ as we say in Norway!

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10 CREATIVE WAYS TO REUSE PACKAGING

1 // Use a egg carton as storage. We all have little things that tend to get lost in drawers, but it can be hard to find the right solution to fit. I love this simple idea from IKEA; cut an egg tray to fit your drawer and you’ve got a great jewellery organiser for free.

2 // Use a cardboard box as a penholder on your desk. You probably have a lot of cool cardboard boxes in different sizes from different homeware or design items purchased. Instead of throwing these out they can be great to use in the home. On my desk I use the cardboard box that one of my Design Letter mugs came in, it is the perfect size for storing pens but also has the perfect look for any Scandinavian design & typography lover.

3 // Use shoeboxes as storage. I usually don’t even take with me the shoeboxes from the shop, but next time I buy a new pair I will make sure I do so I can make some DIY storage boxes. These ones by Mormorsglamour are so gorgeous, and the idea of adding little leather handles is such a great idea! Keep the boxes as they are if you like the design, or paint them.

4 // Use old jars as plant pots. Small succulents or cactuses are the perfect size for storing in jars. These from Yesterdays Sweetheart are so cute, and a great way to reuse any jars you might have such as these candle jars or jam jars.. Wouldn’t they be a cute little gift to give to someone instead of the traditional flower arrangement?

5 // Use a cool bottle as a candle holder. Don’t let glass bottles go to waste, and instead wash them and use as home decor. The Hendrick’s gin bottles have a great look, so if you are a gin lover be sure to keep your next empty bottle (or any other liquor or soda bottle for that matter). This image is by Daniel Leon Stern via Instagram.

6 // Use a paper bag as a planter. Nowadays a lot of shops will have their own designed paper bags, and its a shame to just throw these out when you get home from a shopping trip. I love the idea of using these in your home to store anything you like in, but especially as a planter as seen on Sanctuary. This paper bag is from the Merci shop in Paris, known for cool packaging. I visited the shop last year and still have my bag (the smaller version), so now the hunt for the perfect plant to keep in it starts!

7 // Use cans as kitchen containers. Just remove the labels, give them a good clean and they are ready to use in your kitchen. If you want to customise them with paint, but I like the simplistic look created by Weekdaycarnival.

8 // Use old calendars, magazines or newspapers as wrapping paper. Keep a stack of old paper items you don’t use anymore for wrapping birthday, Christmas or any other gifts, this is from Deko magazine. The monochrome look is great, but the possibilities are endless and it is easy to customise.

9 // Use a perfume bottle as a vase. Next time you have an empty perfume bottle, don’t throw it out but keep it to put a nice branch or flower in. This would be a lovely nightstand decor idea or on a vanity. This one was found via Tumblr.

10 // Use wine corks as candles. What? This seems a bit weird.. But according to A Subtle Revelry you can create super easy candles, all you have to do is soak them in a capped mason jar filled with aceatone alcohol for a week. Then afterwards, put them in little candle holders and light them up!

Do you have any other creative ideas on how to reuse packaging? I would love to hear them!

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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: PRETTY DIY LEATHER STRAP INTERIOR IDEAS

Finally Friday and almost weekend! Today for my Friday inspiration post I wanted to share some DIY finds with you. I’ve been seeing so many great ones using leather straps lately, so I have compiled my favourite ones below. Leather straps are so versatile, I absolutely love the idea of using them as magazine holders or handles on a cupboard.. Would love to hear if you have used them for anything else creative! Now, lets get ready to start the weekend! Maybe time do to a little DIY project?

You can find links to them all on my Pinterest page or click on the sources below the image collage.

// 1: Planter / 2: Tray / 3:Magazine holder / 4: Handle / 5: Potholder / 6: Shelf

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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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DIY // HOW I CUSTOMIZED MY IKEA KALLAX SHELVING UNIT WITH DOORS & KNOBS

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I’m all for affordable and fun solutions when it comes to my home, and that’s why I love a bit of DIY. We’ve had this white KALLAX shelving unit from IKEA for a while now, but I wanted to do something to it to add a bit more character.

Here is what you need;

💛 A WHITE KALLAX SHELF
💛 1 BIRCH COLOURED KALLAX INSERT WITH 2 DRAWERS
💛 1 BIRCH COLOURED KALLAX INSERT WITH DOOR
💛 3 DIFFERENT KNOBS OF YOUR CHOICE

The process is pretty simple, as these doors and drawers were made to fit the KALLAX units perfectly. All you have to do is drill them into place inside the shelf, and add your own handles for a more bespoke look. I Like the contrast between the white shelf itself and the birch doors, the doors do also come in white but I’m trying to add a bit more light wood elements into our flat to break off from all the white.

The three door knobs I used were all from Maisons Du Monde, but to find the best fit for your home I suggest browsing websites like Etsy & Not On The High Street as well as going to vintage markeds to find unique ones. I am really happy with how it turned out. All three handles have a touch of copper in them to fit in with the current theme in the room, and its good to know that these are quite easy to change if I want to.

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This shelf is mainly our music station, so I am keeping vinyl records in it which the shelf size is perfect for. On top I have our loving Crosley player – it has a great vintage look and can be closed off as a suitcase when not in use. I have also added a TJENA cardboard box from IKEA with a fun pattern on to keep other random items in such as headphones etc. Next up I might add some legs on it, so stay tuned for updates!

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// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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