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And so from Memories of Green, we move towards the living room door and blend in our Scadinavian Christmas with a bleached, twig wreath, complete with silver stars and then we start with a hint of red in the Christmas stocking, nestled between the neutral blankets and vintage skates, hanging from the solid hardwood shaker peg shelf.  Remember to click on the images to enlarge them …

Next we cosy up by the fire with a basket of  yummy wool and another basket containing drift wood and pine cones.  Each piece of driftwood has been carefully selected and is awaiting a new lease of life when inspiration strikes.

So what did I do with the Nisse napkins that brought back my creativity.  I turned them into pictures by stitching them onto different fabrics and framing them in simple white box frames.  I also stitched some onto luggage labels, which I stamped with Merry Christmas before hanging them from the tree.

Ahhh the tree … yes the tree that isn’t a Christmas tree!  I decided to use a Lelandii as when planted outside after Christmas it will quickly grow to provide shelter for our feathered friends.  Next year I will hang fat filled pine cones from it as extra winter nourishment for them.

The beauty of a Lelandii is that it also lends itself beautifully to the overall nordic feel with only a tiny sprinkling of white lights and hand made fabric baubles and stars, along of course with my gorgeous mini nisse, tiny dala horses and felt robins.

On the chair that normally houses floral cushions for the summer are a couple of home made stag cushions and a double heart hanger, symbolising “Two Hearts, One Love”.

Bridging the gap between Scandinavia and out Winter Woodland is a gorgeous whitewashed wooden heart shaped bird box from which hangs two crystal robins and then next we have our wonderful meeces with a little tree all of their own.

The mice themselves where only £3 each from TK Max and we made them their sleigh bed complete with mattress, sheets, patchwork duvets, overstuffed pillows and cushions with a knitted throw for those extra chilly nights.

Underneath the olive tree which houses more tiny white lights and crocheted snowflakes, is a basket containing cyclamen and hydrangea, fallen lichen covered twigs and tree ivy, all bedecked with faux crystal droplets.

So as you open the lounge door and look left and forward, the only part of the room you don’t see is our Christmas Vintage Brights which we may just bring you tomorrow.  In the meantime you can see our little star Beanie, the Yorkie, fast asleep on her giant dog bed (some might call it a sofa!!!)

Finally, there in the far corner you can see photographs of my beautiful brother.  I didn’t want to over decorate this area as it is the favorite playground of our Lovebird and Rosella.  4 Simple baubles are tied with gray organza ribbon to the duck egg blue lamp shade under which my adorable sleepwalker smiles her beautiful smile.

Of course the hand tie has now been removed else it would have ended up as beak blended pot pouri but just up at the top you can see one of the many projects on which Brian and I are currently working … automative models, starting with boats for the summer.

Some of these models may well go on sale this side of Christmas but don’t hold your breath as they say … the best laid plans of mice and men and all that …

Always With Love … Denise xxx

21 Responses to “A Scandinavian Inspired Christmas 2013”

  1. Yeah, source of inspiration for everyone is different and our taste is also different. Really a nice set of gift baskets here for everyone.

  2. Kungphoo says:

    What you toss into that fire must make the house smell very good!

  3. There is something about Scandinavia, that I really like. As a matter of fact I prefer Scandinavian furniture, always have.

    • tillybalou says:

      Me too Meli … A Danish friend from the inteiors company Greengate once told me that their winters are very dark which is why they have so much white decor to maximise the light. x

  4. jo Casey says:

    I adore that Scandinavian look – it’s so clean and crisp.

    • tillybalou says:

      Me too Jo … out of the 4 themes I did, Scandinavian was my personal favorite. It suits our home which is all painted white so that the furnishings can be changed to reflect the seasons … it’s also great for me to photograph for the blog. x

  5. Jim Striegel says:

    Enjoyed reading about this culture and how you decorated for the holiday.

  6. Stephanie Clopton says:

    I really like your decor that you chose…simple and clean.

  7. Jeff Brand says:

    Crisp, clean and fresh is how I would describe this. Nice article too.

  8. Veronica says:

    I love your simple yet homey Christmas décor. Very nice

    • tillybalou says:

      Most of them were very simply home made too Veronica. I also love gingerbread hearts hung from the tree with gingham ribbon but couldn’t get to Ikea this year and after everything else I really couldn’t be bothered to bake lol xxx

  9. Nate says:

    Beautiful decorations! Makes me wish Christmas was here again! :-)

  10. Dov Shapira says:

    What is Scadinavien Christmas ?
    Do you have in Europe Santa ? I mean, the Coca Cola guy

    • tillybalou says:

      Sorry Dov … should be spelt Scandinavian … over here in the UK we have Father Christmas, who used to St Nicholas … In Sandinavia they have the Nisse but I’m sure they must have a Santa too :/ x

  11. Tom Holmberg says:

    I like Scandinavian Christmas theme. My family is Sweedish, so I have seen many elements of this in my childhood

  12. So very awesome! We are actually thinking of possibly going to Sweden possibly this June! :) Sounds like a gorgeous holiday you have there. Thank you for sharing!

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