SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS :: Another use for trimmed evergreen branches or seedlings

Note: If you’re arriving here from one of the Buzzfeed posts featuring this image, please note the post you’re looking for is actually here, on the wonderful Finnish blog Varpunen. (I’ve asked Buzzfeed to update their posts so the rightful creator of this image gets credit; Buzzfeed won’t reply to my requests, so I’m adding this note of clarification.)

Leftover Christmas tree branch idea by Finnish blog

Another evergreen-branch-in-a-vase idea, this time from Finnish blog Varpunen. (Did you see the Polish Christmas tree branch version I posted earlier?)



Happy Friday! Aveline is sitting on my lap, and I’m finishing up my coffee as we listen to music together.  And now let’s peek into a few living rooms in Sweden and Norway, and see what the Christmas trees look like, shall we?

Swedish Christmas Tree on Stairs via
Swedish Christmas via Lantliv (I love that subtle pattern on the painted wood floors!)

Swedish Christmas via vitaranunkler
Swedish Christmas via Vita Ranunkler

Norwegian Christmas Foto by Kenneth Havgaard via Bo Bedre
Norwegian Christmas; Photograph by Kenneth Havgaard for Bo Bedre

Christmas Tree - Black and White, Nordic - Photographer Nina Holst for Stylizimo Blog
Norwegian Christmas; Photography by Nina Holst for Stylizimo Blog

Have you ever stuck to a simple, more neutral color scheme when decorating for Christmas? It requires so much restraint!

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Christmas, Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Red, White and Christmas

A day late, yes, but here are the images I’ve found inspiring this week. Just 12 days until Christmas now!

Red, WHite and Silver Painted Deer Antler - Candy Cane - via Maya Jade Creations on Etsy

Candy cane striped deer antler in red, white and silver via Maya Jade Creations on Etsy

Mormor - Faroese Grey and White Baby Toddler Sweater - Handmade Alpaca - via Orfeo

Traditional faroese sweater, in 100% organic fairtrade alpaca. Handknitted in Denmark by Mormor, via Orfeo

Zephaniah 3-17 sign via Aimee Weaver - Distressed Wooden Sign with White Typography

Distressed wooden sign with Zephaniah 3:17 typography via Aimee Weaver

Norwegian Advent Calendar Jul Kalendar via Beates Verden

Jul Kalendar (Advent Calendar) via Beates Verden

Sparkle Gold Ballet Flats on White Wooden FLoor - via Moa Og KaffeKoppen

Sparkle gold ballet flats on white wooden floor via Moa Og Kaffekoppen

White on White - Wire Stars, White Lace Doilies, White Ceramics in White WIndow - via Le Dans La Blog, France

Wire Stars in Window via the French blog Le Dans La

Dala Horse Bunting via All Sorts

Red Dala Horse bunting strung up on mantle via All Sorts

swedish weaving via kstyleshonan on ravelry

Swedish weaving via Kstyleshonan on Ravelry