Christmas Inspiration #1 – Scandi Style

One of my absolute favourite things about Christmas is the decor. Not just the actual decorations but the fact that you get to decorate and make everything look so pretty. Best of all it’s totally up to you what you do. You really can get crafty and make everything from paper for pence, or go all out with the most luxe decorations money can buy… ok, so maybe in my dreams. 😉

This is the first in a series I’m going to do about Christmas Decor… I’ll be including images from the decorations you have sent into me (and it’s not too late, as soon as you put yours up, read this post and send in your Christmas decor inspiration,) combined with the super stylish and often professionally styled interiors and vignettes that inspired them. I hope they will fill you with Christmas cheer and inspire you to get creative this Christmas.


God jul! and Bauble chandelier

Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favourite takes on Christmas… Scandinavian style. Think red and white, natural rustic decor, lots of wooden decorations and paper but all done in a very pared back way. If you have a very neutral or modern home this works really well, but it’s equally as comfortable in a barn, or country cottage.


Tiny red and white treeSparse Spruce by the fire and heart decorations – Ebay

This is actually pretty close to the style of decor I have used previously in our house and I can’t believe I won’t be putting up the red and white decorations this year. The red and white look and childlike element to Scandi style decorations in painted wood and paper really lends itself to our Victorian home so this one is nothing if not versatile. I know I’ll be using the decorations in the future again…


Multi-coloured decorations and Branch hanging decor over turquoise table.

Although red and white is the most common colour scheme in a Scandi Christmas, it’s as much about the type of decoration and the way you display them. It might not seem as festive, but a scantily decorated tree looks simple and elegant and this look also co-ordinates well with touches of metallic or actual metals and clear glass or an all white scheme.


Red paper heart wreath and Tiny tree with White decorations.

Reader Christmas Inspiration…
I should have known that Hannah‘s Christmas decor would be fabulous, but I was really excited when I saw her decorations. (You will remember her from this post.) Working perfectly with her pale kitchen as a backdrop, her take on the Scandi style is fresh and clean but still super festive, and not so fussy that it looks wrong in a kitchen…


Image Credit: Hannah Gooch of Ebury Home and Garden for Florence Finds

Each Christmas our tree looks a bit different. Last year I added quite a few red and white Scandi-inspired decorations, so this became the focus in our kitchen/diner. We already had a large bottle vase in the centre of our dining table which has some Autumnal twigs in it that I’d collected during walks in the park. So this is where I hung some of the decs, along with some on the twigs we’ve got hanging between the lights above the breakfast bar.


Image Credit: Hannah Gooch of Ebury Home and Garden for Florence Finds

I love that Hannah has gone the extra mile here and added the hanging decor above the breakfast bar… it’s super chic and actually really cheap to recreate – all you need is a branch from the park and you could make similar decorations from felt cut outs.

So readers… do you like a Scandi style Christmas?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Introducing… Ebury Home and Garden

This afternoon, it gives me great pleasure to be introducing you to a new online Home and Garden destination… Ebury Home and Garden.

Already well known in the Wedding industry, Hannah Gooch also runs The Ebury Collection, a wedding blog and directory of wedding industry suppliers but is now branching out into her passion for interiors.

With a background in photographic campaigns and art direction for a major high street store, further honed by her recent successes in concept direction and shoot styling for Ebury Collection, Hannah certainly has the credentials for the task.

I’ve loved interior design for as long as I can remember (even studying it at university). I’d always have a project on the go, whether it’s revitalising an old chest of drawers or renovating our own home. I’m much happier hunting round antiques fairs than shopping for fashion and have lost count of the number of design books and magazines I’ve collected over the years. So it made perfect sense to launch a business that I have a real passion for.

The choice of products reflects Hannah’s personal sensibilities and varies from vintage finds to rustic recoiled, handmade and sustainable treasures to perfectly finish your homes look.

I’ve chosen an eclectic mix of products that are inspired by countryside living. I like to call it ‘Rustic chic’. Our products are practical as well as being beautiful to look at. We’ve hunted for one-off unique vintage pieces and products which are Fair Trade, recycled or made from FSC wood

I have already spotted a few ‘finds’ that I’ll be putting on my interiors wish-list but for now I thought I’d leave you with my edit of the Ebury Home and Garden offerings… Florence’s favourites.

Smoke bottle vase – £29
Vintage Compote Dish – £38
Zinc box with drawers – £39
Patterned Tumblers – £4.95

Please do head on over to Ebury Home and Garden and drop us a comment if it’s right up your street… I have a feeling there will be a lot of credit cards burning this afternoon 😉

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

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