I confess, I’m a holiday decorating scrooge. My family doesn’t exchange gifts and I forget how much stress that removes from the season (if you don’t have little ones, I highly recommend it). Plus, our resident Christmas cheerleader, Morgan Michener, is starting to win me over.
I love Scandinavian style — the light palette, lots of wood, natural textiles — and its pared back, crafty take on holiday décor. This vignette is from Norway’s Vakre Hjem & Interior, one of my new favourite inspirational magazines, and shows a festive look I could easily embrace.
This vignette is from Swedish interior designer Edie van Breem’s home. I love the simple foliage and wheat wreath on a ribbon hung in the centre of the window.
These environmentally-friendly, natural lupis twine cone trees and star garlands by David Stark for West Elm fit the light, tactile Scandinavian theme but give it a cool, beachy spin.
A small Dr. Seuss-like version of a tree could make a big impact with a few decorations. Display it on a table to give it height and make it a focal point. Use a rubber planter, vase or urn for a DIY version.
Of course Ikea is a great source for affordable Scandinavian ornaments, like this wheat wreath ornament.
Since days are as dark as nights during the winter in Sweden, a lot of decorations are lighted ones. These fluffy balls are 16” wide, so not small enough for a tree, but they could be pretty hung in varying heights in front of a window.
And Hans Wegner’s iconic Wishbone Chair doesn’t fit the Christmas topic but has always been my favourite hallmark of Scandinavian design for its cord seat and the stunning silhouette inspired by Ming chairs. A pair of them is definitely at the top of my wish list!
View our Christmas Decorating Ideas gallery for more easy tips.