I love this time of year! I actually love early December more than Christmas itself – I love sequins, the cocktails (I recently tried my first ever spiced rum espresso martini and it was delicious), the twinkly lights, the roasted chestnuts and the frosty mornings, and I’m already loving December – let’s hope it’s a nice end to a bit of a bumpy year. Today I’m going to be showing you some of my favourite Scandi Christmas decorations to help you hygge up your home this month – wallets at the ready…
I’ve been a massive fan of Nordic homeware retailer Cloudberry Living for years now, and their Christmas decorations certainly haven’t disappointed this year. I love the simplicity of these beautiful Swedish wooden hearts, traditional snowflakes and birch angels, but my absolute favourites are these adorable white dala horse decorations. These are about as Swedish as it gets, and I’ve never seen these anywhere else before in the UK, so it’s well worth snapping a set up before they sell out. Cloudberry Living’s Christmas decorations are really affordable and genuine Scandi products, giving you an authentic taste of Sweden this Christmas. I really do recommend you go quickly if you want some – these are an absolute bargain for Scandi-made decorations, and they look absolutely beautiful on the tree against all the fairy lights.
A Nordic forest
OK, so these aren’t strictly Scandi, but I wanted to include them anyway. The colours of these mini glass baubles remind me of a Nordic forest, and they’re ideal if you only have a little tree and don’t want to overload it. This is a very loose interpretation of the Scandi theme, but I think it’s beautiful all the same. Imagine a winter walk in a Norwegian forest with all the evergreens straining under the weight of the snow, with the Northern Lights dancing in the night sky. These are also tiny enough to thread onto string as a pretty garland, or to tumble into a dish for a simple table centrepiece. If you have any left over (there are 180 in a pack, so this is very likely), you could even thread them onto gift tags to kick your wrapping up a notch.
A deer little antler
My family seem to be obsessed with anything stag related, which is probably what attracted me to this pretty little silver antler decoration.
Fill my stocking
Look at this sweet little stocking! This is from Tiger (or Flying Tiger as it’s apparently now called), which I always describe as being like a mini, less manic IKEA. It’s a Scandi shop which sells loads of little home pieces and accessories, as well as some delicious food (I’m looking at you XXL marshmallows). This teeny weeny stocking is so cute, and just £1! You can’t buy online yet, so check out the store locator on the website to find a shop near you. I can guarantee you won’t come out with just one thing…
Over the Finnish line
I think I speak for a lot of us when I say I’d love my own Nordic cabin one day (if you’re another cabin enthusiast, then this is the book for you). Unfortunately I don’t have thousands of pounds laying around, but I’m happy to make do with this lovely metal Finnish cabin. I’m not a fan of anything too matchy-matchy, so I’d probably also want to pick up one of these little white ceramic house lanterns and make a little Nordic village. With flickering tealights, these would look absolutely adorable, especially on a mirrored charger like this one from The White Company.
At one with nature
One of my favourite things about the bus ride to the city from virtually any Scandinavian airport I’ve flown into is the beautiful evergreen forests you’ll inevitably pass. You can’t beat the smell of a real Christmas tree, but if you can’t have one in your own home then all is not lost – you can give a nod to nature with this gorgeous pine cone and snowflake garland. Or, if you’re feeling crafty, you could try your hand at making your own. And if you want to enjoy the smell of a real tree without finding needles under the sofa until April, why not spruce up your garland (sorry) with a sneaky Scentsicle?
Sleigh my name
I have a real soft spot for personalised items (check out my personalised stocking fillers post for gift inspiration), and I absolutely love these monogram decorations. I love the rustic look, and the red, white, green, pink and blue colour palette manages to strike the perfect balance between classic and contemporary. The popular letters will sell out FAST, but if you know any Xaviers or Quentins you may be able to pick one up in the sale after Christmas as a cute little stocking filler.
Which Scandi decorations have caught your eye this year? Are you going for a Nordic theme? Do you like a matching set or more of a ‘casual’ look? Let me know!