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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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SAVOURING THE LAST OF AUTUMN

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Another month has gone by and days are getting darker and colder as we speak. November has been a very cozy month, and we have seen many lovely moments shared on the Instagram feed (in-fact we have now passed over 500 images!) For me November has been all about savouring the last of autumn as well as greeting winter. I’ve packed down my summer clothes and changed them with warm winter clothes, scarfs, hats and gloves to be prepared for what’s in store.. For me the Christmas decorations are not put out until December starts, but I have been out purchasing some new items which I am very excited to start incorporating into my home. Oh, and I have been lighting candles pretty much every evening (as well as a couple of grey days when I needed a bit of an extra pick-me-up.)

I have selected 4 of the November images from Instagram to share with you, as well as a little quote from each about what That Scandinavian Feeling is to them. If you haven’t already had a look, be sure to check out the beautiful #thatscandinavianfeeling feed where all the hygge is happening! I’m especially looking forward to see what festive images will pop up now as we are heading into December. Just click on the hashtag below and it will take you to the feed;

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1 // ​@cathrinewefall
​”For me That Scandinavian Feeling is the cold & Nordic light, the raw nature and the faded palette.”

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2 // ​@hildeandhercamera
“​To me, That Scandinavian Feeling is enjoying the little things and being cozy and snug inside when it’s so cold and dark outside. A new knitting project and a cup of tea goes a long way!”

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3 // ​@lukindae
“​For me when that first snow comes it triggers the Christmas feeling. Living in Finland snow is a must at Christmas (otherwise it doesn’t feel like Christmas.. Yes we have had Christmases without snow too but definitely something missing then!) Winter is a long season in Finland and snow lightens everything up! It’s fun to play in the snow, making snow-angels, riding the sledge… Winter-sports are not really my thing but I love long walks in the neighbourhood on a crispy winter day. I also love the hygge effect snow gives when you are cozy indoors with the fireplace on and a lot of candles lit + warm chocolate and/or coffee is a must too! It snowed here a little last night so now the snow is back again. Really hope we will get some more and it stays until Christmas!”

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4 // ​@north_polar_bear
“For me That Scandinavian Feeling definitely means chunky layers and lots of them! It’s about being relaxed and comfortable whilst embracing the less is more lifestyle – only wearing and surrounding yourself with things and people that are special to you!”

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I hope you get inspired by these lovely images and words to join in and share your images on Instagram too! Or even just some words here in the comment section as I would love to hear. So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment at home at Christmas time or make those dark days more bearable during winter?

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HOW TO GET THE HYGGE FEELING

With days getting shorter and Christmas getting nearer we can all use a bit of hygge in our life. You know, that feeling of coziness. This Danish & Norwegian word that everyone is obsessed about lately has us all longing for those little moments that makes us happy and relaxed. With synonyms like cozy, comfortable, warm & welcoming, hygge is definitely the way to go!

So with these words in mind, I have created a little compilation of items that will get you into the spirit!

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  1. MOODS OF NORWAY ‘PAMELA’ SLIPPERS 
  2. VIFA ‘HELSINKI’ LOUDSPEAKER
  3. SKANDINAVISK ‘HYGGE’  SCENT DIFFUSER
  4. ‘THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE’ BY MEIK WIKING
  5. CHEMEX SIX CUP COFFEE MAKER
  6. HAY CRINCLE THROW
  7. ANDERSSEN & VOLL ‘ILDHANE’ CANDLEHOLDER
  8. & OTHER STORIES BIG KNITTED JUMPER
  9. MARIMEKKO FURRY CUSHION
  10. BLOMINGVILLE ‘SANDRINE’ MUG
  11. STUDIO MACURA LAVA VASE
  12. SWEDESE ‘LAMINO’ CHAIR


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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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COZY AUTUMN MOMENTS OF JOY

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So autumn is in full swing, and I love seeing all the cozy moments shared this month over on Instagram. For me October has been all about getting out my lovely knitted jumpers and socks, finally having the chance to light candles in the evening as well as enjoying multiple cups of hot drinks! This period is so nice, its not too cold yet (well, at least not here in Italy) but still cold enough to start appreciating those little moments of joy. Christmas is still a while away, so for now lets enjoy the beautiful autumnal colours in nature, the softness of knits & our favourite fabrics, staying in and decorating our home.

I have selected 4 of the images from Instagram to share with you here on the blog, as well as a little quote from each about what That Scandinavian Feeling means to them. And if you haven’t already had a look, be sure to check out the beautiful #thatscandinavianfeeling feed where all the hygge is happening :-)

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1 // ​@ingvildye
“That Skandinavian Feeling for me is to be able to snuggle up in large hand-knitted woolen socks with a good cup of coffee in my hand, especially if I can see the snow or cold taking its toll on the outside of the window. That is the perfect feeling after a day when the fresh Norwegian air has whispered on your cheeks.”

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2 // ​@sagalagadesign
“​Calm and quiet moments by the sea. Simplicity and beauty in details. Functional life. That’s That Scandinavian Feeling for me!”

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3 // ​@mykindofprettythings
“​That Scandinavian Feeling for me is that nature and the sea is never far away… And because of that its easily available to enjoy the silence and feel life itself… The moment!”

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4 // @mine_hverdagsgleder
“​That Scandinavian Feeling for me is clean lines with only a few well chosen accessories. Less is more! I love the colours in Scandinavian interiors, and since I’m not that fond of glitter & glam I really feel like I’ve found my style.”

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I hope you get inspired by these lovely images and words to join in and share your images on Instagram too! Or even just some words here in the comment section as I would love to hear. Its a great way for us all to get together and spread some hygge. So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment now in autumn time and where do you go for a little time-out of from all the everyday stress?

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LIKE A WARM AND COZY HUG

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What is That Scandinavian Feeling? To me its like a warm and cozy hug, one that just makes you smile and feel happy. It makes your grey days feel better, your coffee taste even nicer and puts a smile on your face. If you have been following along on Instagram you might have seen my monthly #thatscandinavianfeeling post, as well as all the lovely images shared by people using the hashtag. It makes me so happy when I scroll though the feed and see all the beautiful moments, and I love getting to know everyone more through this little hygge community we are creating.

I have selected 4 of the images to share with you here on the blog, as well as a little quote from each about what That Scandinavian Feeling means to them. Its getting harder and harder each month as more of you join in, I’m starting to think I might have to do this more often.. Well anyway, here is this months collection!

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1 // @mariethorsen
“It’s about the small things in life. About that warm blanket on your sofa or the first cup of coffee when you wake up on a cold day. It’s about the morning sun when it hits the green plant in the corner of your living-room.”

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2 // @naomile
“I find a rich cocktail of simplicity, minimalism and clever functionality in That Scandinavian Feeling. Its a genuine love for the natural, for durability and clear lines.”

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3 // @luxeandthelady
“To me, That Scandinavian Feeling is about enjoying the little luxuries in life – lighting a beautifully scented candle, curling up under a blanket or near the fireplace to read, being surrounded by nature on a hike, time spent in the garden, or even a lazy morning testing out some recipes in the kitchen and sitting down to a slower meal than usual. I think it involves a calm peacefulness that comes from living in the moment. It is natural, lovely, and fresh.”

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4 // @capsulewardrobe_
“To me, That Scandinavian Feeling is being home, surrounded by the people I love and by the few things that make me feel safe and calmed, like a hot cup of tea, a good book and a blanket. Oh and a candle burning. It’s everything I miss when I’m away. Every time I get back home after a couple of days abroad I instantly feel that ‘feeling’.”

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I hope you join in and share your images on Instagram too! Its a great way for us all to get together and spread some hygge. So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment in your home or where do you go to feel peaceful and calm?

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