As you may already know, around here Christmas is in full swing. I just can’t help it. Once I set out the holiday merchandise in my Gift Shoppe, I’m ready to decorate the rest of my house.
Last year time flew by way too quickly, and I ended up barely decorating my house for Christmas. I got so wrapped up in everything else, I completely lost the motivation and time to decorate. I’m chalking that up to a lesson learned and getting started early this year.
You probably know that my style is a mix of vintage and modern with a splash of traditional and glam. Talk about eclectic, right? I’ve always had a hard time defining myself because I’m a fan of so many different styles. The one thing I love about today’s trends is that eclectic design is totally “in,” and even encouraged.
Anyway, one area of design that I’m constantly pulling inspiration from is Scandinavian style. It suits me so well. In my opinion it is the perfect mix of old and new. It’s simple and clean while still full of color and character. I love that! I love it even more around the holidays. It reminds me of the Christmases of my past. The Christmases that focused on family and tradition, not gifts and Black Friday sales. As I decorate this year, I am going to try and recreate my most beloved holiday memories.
So the other day I searched Pinterest for beautiful Scandinavian-inspired holiday decor. Here’s what I found:
What a delightful†project! It’s great when crafters think outside the box and use nontraditional colors. Totally modern with a touch of rustic coziness!
Good Housekeeping knows what a wonderful and warm touch Scandinavian design provides during the holidays. Their mantel display is gorgeous.
And that cardboard Rudolf head. Fabulous! Thankfully no reindeer were harmed in the making of that beauty.
Written in Swedish, I have no idea what Emmeline is talking about, but that doesn’t stop me from being inspired by her glorious holiday photos. Her displays are magazine worthy. That adorable tin village is begging for a place at my house.
Even one of my favorite stores has a touch of Scandinavian style. Check out these fun twine trees from West Elm. I’m also loving that star made from string lights. So simple, yet so dramatic!
This is probably among the best holiday houses I’ve ever seen. The simplicity and charm is breathtaking.
The pops of red and green set against white walls and blonde, rough finished wood floors†make†my little holiday heart flutter with delight. I’m also a huge fan of their almost-Charlie-Brown-looking Christmas tree.
I even found some Scandinavian style in my own Gift Shoppe. Who knew I could be inspired by things I already had in my own house!
Beautiful inspiration, right? This year, why not muster up a little design courage and decorate from your heart? Use the things you love and cherish to create a home you are proud to share. And, let’s get the decorating done early so there is plenty of time left to fill our homes with friends and laughter!
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