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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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SCANDINAVIAN HOME WITH NATURAL TONES

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This beautiful home in Sweden has a lovely and calm mood. The natural tones and soft colours, along with large windows and natural light creates a harmonious and relaxing feeling.

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My favourite feature is this large window with the cosiest sitting area! Wouldn’t mind sitting there with a good book and a coffee for some hygge time..

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// Photo credit: Petra Bindel

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MAKE YOUR HOUSE A HOME WITH FLOWERS

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Happy Friday! I have spent the whole week recovering from a flu, so I decided to start the weekend by adding a bit of joy to my home in the form of a bouquet of flowers. They are the perfect autumn touch, don’t you think? Note to self: remember to buy more flowers because it really does make your house a home..

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // THE DREAM HOTEL IN FINLAND

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I have never been to Finland, but I hope to visit one day! And when I do I would love to stay in this Dream Hotel designed by Studio Puisto. I’m loving the use of hanging basket seats and the strips of timber, it gives a very minimal and nordic look.

The hotel is located in an old factory building in the city centre of Tampere, along with a hostel. The rooms were designed in a basic style to keep costs low, and the focus was to create a private sleeping area for the guests. The rooms are very minimal, in the hallways you can find seating so that this space acts as communal living spaces. This helps to merge the hostel with the hotel, a great way to offer accommodation for all needs within one building.

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// Photo credit: Patrik Rastenberger

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HIDDEN BEDROOM IN A NORDIC HOME

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Have you ever seen a bedroom hidden in a closet before? This vintage closet gives off the perfect Narnia vibe, and is a great way to get more out off a small space. Imagine being able to just close the door during the day to hide away a messy bed, very creative & handy!

Would you sleep in a closet? I think it could be quite cozy.

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// Photo credit: Entrance Makleri

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IKEA CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF THE ICONIC ‘POÄNG’ ARMCHAIR

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IKEA is celebrating the 40th birthday of the iconic POÄNG chair with the launch of six new limited edition cushion covers as well as one new armchair frame. It was designed in 1976 by Japanese designer Noboru Nakamura with IKEA’s design principles in mind; sustainability, affordability, form, function and quality. Would you believe that this chair has remained almost the same for all these forty years? In fact, the POÄNG armchair with it’s clean Scandinavian frame is one of the top-selling products at IKEA, with approximately 1.5 million sold globally each year.

“POÄNG is one of our most popular products, and our customers see it as a failsafe home essential. Its affordability makes it accessible to all, and the classic yet stylish design means that it fits into any décor scheme. POÄNG is a trusty favourite which can easily be personalised through the years with new cushion covers and materials to suit changing styles, all with the same comfort! When you buy POÄNG armchair you choose everything yourself, except the comfort – which is always included!” – Luis Lopez

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Here are a couple of facts about this iconic chair;

✖ The chair was originally called POEM, but was renamed POÄNG in 1992 to correspond with a series of changes and improvements made to it.

✖ Today’s price of the POÄNG chairs is approximately 21% lower than the price forty years ago.

✖ You might have seen a test machine in your local IKEA store, well they have had them since 1978! It shows the durable form of the POÄNG chair, and pressure-tests the chair 20 times per minute at 1000 newton for a standard 50,000 times. That’s like a 220lb person sitting in the chair 20 times per minute.

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Do you have this classic yet modern armchair in your home?

// Photo credit: IKEA

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