18 December 2015

Welcome to my Scandinavian Christmas home


I've been secretly quite pleased with the recent craze over all things Scandinavian. Suddenly lots of the things I find homely and lovely are cool and seem to be everywhere. Coming from Scandinavia (or sort of, Finland to be exact) I appreciate the whole lot, the white on white, the light wood and natural materials home decor trends.
 
And Scandinavian Christmas home decor - don't get me started. It is, unsurprisingly, my favourite. I think you always gravitate towards what you know best when it comes to that darkest and most joyful time of the winter.
 
 
scandinavian finnish christmas home decor table decoration

scandinavian finnish christmas home decor elf decoration
 
 
I don't always agree though with what is presented as Scandinavian Christmas decor. I am firmly in the traditional, homely Christmas camp. For me that is red, white, maybe gold or silver, and lots and lots of twinkling lights. Bright red elves watching your every step, dark brown pine cones and vibrant green Christmas tree branches. White lit-up stars, twinkling lights in glass vases and red table cloth. 
 

scandinavian finnish christmas home decor


For us, our Christmas decorations are very much Scandinavian this year. Little elves on the Christmas tree, and a white-red-silver decor. Candles, twinkling lights, and pine cones. A red table runner, and when it gets to Christmas, I have a red Christmas tea towel to match.  A lit-up paper star and home-made paper snowflakes in the window. Just like home. 



scandinavian finnish christmas tree elf decoration


scandinavian finnish christmas tree decoration angel

gifts under christmas tree brown paper wrapped red ribbon


The big lit-up paper star is so typically Scandinavian. Here you can get them from IKEA for about £10. The paper snowflakes were a favourite winter craft in school and this year I tried it again, after about 20 years, and stuck them on the window using milk (nifty trick!). With the gifts we thought we would go for simple paper, and decorate them with pretty ribbons in our Christmas colours. And that is pretty much it - our Scandinavian Christmas home decor.

And we did have a little reference to British Christmas too -  a little Christmas pudding hat for our Christmas tree! 


christmas tree christmas pudding topper






What style have you decorated this Christmas?





17 comments:

  1. Jee, sisustusjuttuja! Mä oon nyt oikein herännyt siihen, miten mielenkiintoisia ulkomailla asuvien kodit onkaan. :) Meillä joulukoristeet ovat myös ehdottoman skandinaavisia, tottakai. Niitä ei tosin ole mitenkään ihan hirveästi, koska ollaan kuitenkin joulu Suomessa, kuten joka vuosi. Oon lähinnä vaihtanut tyynynpäälliset ja keittiön pyyhkeet jouluisiin versioihin ja ripustanut sen perinteisen Airamin jouluikkunan ikkunaan.

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    1. Me ollaan vuorovuosittain joulu Suomessa ja Englannissa :) Joten olen raahannut tänne sopivasti koristeita Suomesta tuomaan tänne joulufiilistä! Joo nää on kivoja nää sisustusasiat - mielenkiintoista nähdä paikalliset vaikutteet ja sit tietty kuinka ihmiset yhdistää niitä kotimaansa tyyliin.

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  2. Oh I do love your Christmas pudding tree topper - that's hilarious! We've decorated with joyful abundance which is our theme every year - completely eclectic but most of our decorations are either handmade or souvenirs from holidays - starting with the star on the top of our tree which came from our honeymoon :)

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    1. That sounds like such a lovely idea - I would love to start doing something like that, picking up Christmas decorations from trips abroad. It must be lovely to see all those memories on a tree :) And then to add some crafts too from little hands later on... :)

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  3. It all looks very beautiful and I love the little British touch too #PoCoLo

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    1. Thank you :) That was my husbands idea, as we didn't have a Christmas tree topper bought yet. Maybe we'll have a star next year!

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  4. It looks so beautiful and very festive - love the colours and the decorations. Thanks for linking up so much this year - great to have met you :) Happy Xmas :) Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

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    1. Thank you :) red and white are IMO te perfect Christmas colour combo :) and thanks for hosting as well, I've really enjoyed #homeetc and have found loads of great blogs through it!

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  5. It looks beautiful, we have gone colour-mad here after a more minimalistic Christmas last year. Have a wonderful holiday season x

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    1. It is nice to try something different every once in a while isn't it :) I'm not sure if we will deviate from this next year as we usually spend Christmas abroad every second year, so might just stick with the same scheme biannually, probably won't wt too bored about it :)

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  6. Seesteinen tunnelma välittyy kuvista, varmasti ihanaa viettää eka joulu omassa kodissa. Siunattua Vapahtajan syntymäjuhlaa! -Tiina

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    1. Oi kiitos :) touhuikainen tenava pitaa kylla huolen etta seesteisyys on kaukana meidan huushollista ha ha :D mutta yritetaan! Hyvaa joulua myos sinulle :)

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  7. It looks wonderful, I have a very traditional decor throughout this year, alot of our tree ornaments remind us of a certain time. #HomeEtc x

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    1. Thank you :) I think we will have that in years to come as well - a really sentimental tree with lots of decorations from trips abroad and baby crafts :)

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  8. Happy new year Sanna! I cannot BELIEVE I totally forgot to do all my comments for the last #HomeEtc. So much was going on just before Christmas but that's no excuse!! Am so naughty!! AND sorry!!!

    Your Scandi home looks BEAUTIFUL!! I love this kind of decor — it looks so simple and effortless but I can't ever manage to pull off the less is more approach!! I'm definitely a 'more is more' kind of gal when it comes to decorating my tree! I miss all the pretty decorations and lights. January is so GREY!!!! Love your beautiful festive home :)

    Thanks so much for linking up with s last year — I'm ooking forward to starting another year of #HomeEtc tomorrow — I hope that you'll come and join us xxx

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    1. Ha ha all is forgiven! Chrismas was really a manic time for us too, I totally understand :) lovely that youanaged to pop in by later though, means a lot.

      And thanks ever so much for hosting - I have really enjoyed the linky and have found loads of cool blogs through it, it ha seen lovely! I will link up this year too - got already a few posts planned, just need to take pics!

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