Christmas

SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS :: GRANIT and a little Swedish cabin

Oh, skandinavisk jul! (Yes, I have an obsession. But that’s okay, because that’s what this series is all about).  So let’s get the fifth annual Scandinavian Christmas series rolling!

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Every winter in October — yep, not autumn, winter — Swedish  decor (and clothing, and gardening) chain GRANIT unveils their Christmas collection. And you can just feel that arctic afternoon darkness, folding over the cabin like a wool blanket, while the cardamom and anise wash over you.

Skandinavisk Jul! Styling by Swedish interiors and gardening store GRANIT

Skandinavisk Jul! Styling by Swedish interiors and gardening store GRANIT

Skandinavisk Jul! Styling by Swedish interiors and gardening store GRANIT

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Skandinavisk Jul! Styling by Swedish interiors and gardening store GRANIT

Want more from GRANIT? I love their Pinterest board that’s chock full of Christmas-y images like the ones above. So, so gorgeous. (And this isn’t even a sponsored post! I did say I had an obsession, right? ;))

Want to be a part of the fifth annual Scandinavian Christmas series? Email me at oaxacaborn@gmail.com with a URL, guest post, photo, Pinterest board, or anything else relating to Scandinavian and Nordic holiday traditions. Stay tuned for more Skandinavisk jul!

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SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS :: Nordingården

The Swedish blog Nordingården blog is an absolute treasure trove!

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A picture really is worth a thousand words — I can’t understand the words, but my goodness! Nordingården is a wonderland. There are SO many more lovely images; I hope you’ll check it out!

P.S. Did anyone notice the first and last photos are the same room?

Christmas, Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Christmas Greenery

There’s nothing like the piney, earthy scent of fir boughs inside this time of year, don’t you think?

Deconstructed Christmas tree via Free People
Deconstructed Christmas tree via Free People

Herriot Grace Handmade Wooden Grain Spoon

Handmade wooden spoon via Herriot Grace

The home of designer Maria Cornejo and photographer Mark Borthwick
The home of designer Maria Cornejo and photographer Mark Borthwick via Totokaelo

Martha Stewart's Cedar Wreath Chandelier
Wreath chandelier via Martha Stewart

How do you bring the outdoors inside at Christmas?

For your merry perusal, here are some [Christmas-y] Monday’s Pretty Things from the 2012 archives:

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SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS :: Christmas by H&M

The Swedish clothing and home brand H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) was founded in 1947, but it’s only in the last decade that they’ve really gained popularity in the United States. But unless you were lucky enough to live near one of their stores, H&M still remained out of reach. But this year — less than six months ago — H&M opened up online shopping to US customers. Woohoo!

In case you, for some odd reason, haven’t already obsessively stalked the Christmas section of their website ;), here are some of the prettiest Christmas images from H&M Home’s Christmas selection.

6 - H and M Home goods - Swedish Scandinavian Christmas

H and M Home goods - Swedish Scandinavian Christmas

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5 - H and M Home goods - Swedish Scandinavian Christmas

See more from H&M.

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CHRISTMAS :: Petra Bindel

White and green for Christmas — so lovely and bright! I especially love the use of moss and princess pines.

3 - Petra Bindel - Christmas Decorations for Elle Mag

2 - Petra Bindel - Christmas Decorations for Elle Mag

Petra Bindel - Christmas Decorations for Elle Mag

I blogged a little of photographer Petra Bindel’s work some time ago, too. She’s a genius at the use of bunting.

Above images by Petra Bindel for Elle magazine.

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CHRISTMAS :: A Use for Trimmed Christmas Tree Branches

Christmas Tree Branches Bouquet in Vase as Tree - What do to with leftover trimmed Christmas tree branches -- via enjoyourhome.blogspot.com

How is it that I have never thought of taking trimmed Christmas tree branches and making another tree? Sheer brilliance from the Polish blog Enjoy Your Home.

(I spy a clever clothespin advent calendar, too, and glass yogurt pots!)

Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Christmas 2012 Toast UK Catalogue

After seeing these images from Toast UK’s fantastically wonderful Christmas 2012 lookbook, I’m off to spruce up the decorations around here. (Now, does anyone know if you can order a white Christmas and frosted windowpanes through the catalogue?)

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog


You may also be interested in my Toast UK catalogue round-ups from previous seasons.

Christmas, Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Decorating for Christmas with Felted Balls

Felted garlands are a great way to add color to your Christmas decor in a non-traditional way (i.e., not strictly red+green). Of course, I’d easily be able to justify leaving the strands up long after December is over. You can purchase both loose spheres and ready-made strands at craft stores and via private sellers on Etsy, or, you can felt your own wool using directions from one of these DIYs below! I really like the all-white ones strung on the neon thread! Which is your favorite?

300 Felted Balls to Purchase via the Yummi Shop
Felted Balls via Yummi Shop

Natural felt ball via Ferm LivingNatural felted wool ornament via Ferm Living

Christmas Stocking Freckle Grey - via Down to the Woods

Christmas stocking with felt ball cuff via Down to the Woods

Felted Ball Wreath from Pickles
Felted ball wreath DIY via Pickles

Felt Garland How to and Tutorial via the Purl Bee
Felt garland DIY tutorial via The Purl Bee

How to Make Felted Wool Balls via My Sparkle
How to make felted balls tutorial via My Sparkle