A Very Scandinavian Christmas: Holiday Home Tour!

I am so excited to present my first-ever, Christmas home tour!

In my last post, I mentioned how we really started from scratch this year in terms of decorations.  We’ve only owned our home for two years, and though I have some sentimental decorations from my childhood there’s not much else.  No ornaments, no stockings…and no fireplace to hang them on.  We even bought our first Christmas lights last year!

I think having such a blank slate turned out to be a blessing, because I could really craft how I wanted our home to look and feel for the holidays.  I chose a color palette of greens, wood tones, white, and gold in the hopes that it would blend seamlessly with the rest of the house, and I opted for simplicity whenever I could.

And okay, technically this is not a very Scandinavian Christmas…more like an ever-so-slightly Scandinavian-esque one.  But I tried getting back to my roots here, and I’m hoping I pulled at least some of it off.

Holidays are, as you know, quite stressful–and in order to keep my sanity (or what’s left of it), I limited decorations to our main level.  So though what follows may not be as elaborate as other blog home tours out there, I hope it brings you just as much inspiration!

Let’s start with the living room:

Scandinavian Modern Christmas DecorHere, I used white pine garland (from Whole Foods) and tacked it asymmetrically over our round antique vanity mirror.  Then I added some spare greenery to the vessels on the coffee table.

Holiday Home Tour: Mid-Century Modern Christmas Decor

A sheepskin rug (from Ikea) thrown over the Eames chair cozies everything up nicely!

Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

Some of our antique books got a new home as well.  Here’s my little nod to red and green!  And I’m just going to pretend that’s a partridge for now.

Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

Since we spend the holidays in our hometown with family, a tree has never seemed practical–but we bent the rules this year, and have been enjoying our mini Christmas tree.

I love the look of potted Christmas trees but couldn’t find any in our area, so I just stuck a cut tree in my mother’s antique bread maker instead!  The tree is currently sitting on top of Austin’s grandfather’s atlas and a vintage biscuit box.  I threw some cozy knitted blankets in a basket, which have been a godsend because this room is the coldest one in the house.  The blanket pictured was made by my 90-something grandmother, can you believe that?

Oh, and like those presents? Stay tuned for a DIY!

Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

I actually wasn’t going to decorate this tree at all, but I was rooting around in my car the other day and found some gift tags from World Market–from last year! (Don’t judge–my car is a disaster).  So I strung them up and made this cute little garland of Christmas “lights”.

Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

On the opposite wall I hung these DIY branch antlers and decorated with more white pine garland, antique books, and candles.  I also color-blocked this lamp with some spray paint I had kicking’ around–it was blue before.  And no, our books are not normally turned backwards…but doesn’t it look so much better this way? (I say to Austin while batting my eyelashes).

Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

For our coffee station, I made this DIY Scandinavian wall sign, which says “Merry Christmas” in Danish. Am I Danish? Nope.  Do I care? Nope.

Scandinavian Modern Christmas DecorI can’t decide which of these DIY projects I like more!

Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

In our kitchen, all I did was hang some faux garland from Michael’s over the sink.  They were having a 50% off all Christmas greenery a few weeks back, and this baby was so realistic I couldn’t refuse!

Scandinavian Modern Christmas DecorI thought about getting all fancy-shmancy on our chalkboard wall…and then I remembered my holiday to-do list.  So a wreath and a simple calendar is what it got.Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

Scandinavian Modern Christmas DecorAnd since this holiday home tour is really just one rather large room…I made a little Christmas table setting to spice things up a bit.  But first, let me apologize for the lack of rug here! Our puppy destroyed our last one and I haven’t gotten around to replacing it yet.

You might notice some Christmas decor on our gallery wall over there–again, stay tuned for a post! But here’s a sneak peek:

Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

And now, back to the table…

Scandinavian Modern Christmas DecorI made the runner out of wrapping paper, à la my DIY Shibori table runner that I shared a few weeks back.  Check back next week for another post on how to make those place cards!

Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

Vintage, mid-century brass candlesticks, more white pine garland, and some birch branch rounds completed the centerpiece.

Scandinavian Modern Christmas Decor

Which part is your favorite? I think mine is the Danish wall sign…but my mind changes every day.

Now to tackle that to-do list!

Comments (38 )
  • Bethany
    | 15 December 2014

    I just adore your home! Can I move in?!?!

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Haha thanks Bethany! 🙂

  • cassie
    | 15 December 2014

    anna! this is amazing!!!! i am in love with so much and your photos are STUNNING.

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Thanks girl! Have a merry Christmas!!

  • Mariella @ Splendor Styling
    | 15 December 2014

    OMG Anna! Love your style! You made it Scandinavian perfect with tons of smart twists. Well done! My favorite art is definitely the table! That runner is perfection. Love, love the simplicity and clean lines. Gorgeous!

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Thanks Mariella! Awesome job last night by the way, both table settings were insanely gorgeous but I especially love the first one–white, green, gold, and warm wood tones is my all-time favorite color palette. It was so beautiful, and I can’t believe you put it together on the spot!

  • Dagmara @ Glamista Home
    | 15 December 2014

    Thank you for sharing your home. I love Scandinavian home decor, the natural pieces are simple, and yet provide for a cozy feeling around your home. I am loving the gallery wall and the wreath against the dark of the blackboard. Lovely home, can’t wait to see the DIY projects.

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Aw, thanks Dagmara! I love Scandinavian design too (could you tell?)–the spaces are all so peaceful and light. I’m secretly hoping one day I’ll be able to paint our wood floors white, but not sure how that’ll fly with Austin! A girl can dream right?

  • Donna Brewster
    | 15 December 2014

    Well done! I love your mini-tree in your mother’s antique bread maker. You combine calm, cool modern very well with vintage warmth.
    I also like your “partridge!”

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Haha thanks Donna! Merry Christmas!

  • Jen
    | 16 December 2014

    Looks so great Anna!! Everything looks so “Ahhhh” Relaxing.

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Thanks Jen! 🙂

  • Rachel
    | 16 December 2014

    so, so gorgeous! OMG, I am pinning all of it! Great work, seriously.

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Thanks Rachel! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  • Amber-Bailey&James
    | 17 December 2014

    I’m totally in LOVE with this room and all the decor! Thank you so much for sharing and stopping by the Lavish Lemon Link up! Please join us again 🙂

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Thanks so much Amber! I definitely will!

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome
    | 17 December 2014

    Your Christmas decor is so lovely ! The word “peaceful” really stands out to me when I look through the photos. I just want to spend a quiet morning sipping coffee there – as weird as that sounds! And your table setting is just gorgeous!

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Haha I wish you could come over for coffee! I actually thought of you and your fakesgiving post the whole time I was setting that table–we’re not even home for Christmas, and I had to break it down right after. But it was pretty for a little while!

  • Kari
    | 17 December 2014

    Seriously drooling. Your house is amazing!

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Aw, thanks so much Kari! You’re too sweet.

  • Dagmara @ Glamista Home
    | 17 December 2014

    I had to pin your images to my Holiday Inspiration board on Pinterest. Great shots of your home!

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Thank you Dagmara! Happy holidays!

  • Gin
    | 17 December 2014

    Everything is my style. I have the white rug:) love it Gin

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Thanks Gin!

  • Lydia
    | 17 December 2014

    You are a very talented lady! Your home is exquisite and the photos are just stunning! Thanks for sharing your home on the Lavish Lemon Linkup.

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Thanks so much Lydia! Any time 🙂

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design
    | 18 December 2014

    Everything is so so gorgeous. Love it! And I adore the Danish sign for a non-danish person LOL 😉
    Merry Christmas!

    • annabode
      | 19 December 2014

      Thank you so much Julia! I know, right? Originally I was going to have it say ‘god jul’, which is Swedish (as am I), but I liked the Danish words better. Have a very merry Christmas!

  • Leigh Anne
    | 22 December 2014

    I love all of it, great job! Where did your kitchen light come from? It’s fantastic!

  • Rottweiler
    | 31 December 2014

    I loved the touch of wall art with the reindeer horns on the bread board, simple yet definitely helps bring the outdoors inside. Thank you for your post and happy New Year.

    • annabode
      | 5 January 2015

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you, happy New Year!

  • Marian
    | 19 January 2015

    Hi! Would it be cool to ask where you got that amazing armchair/rockingchair?

  • amy
    | 22 January 2015

    i am IN LOVE!
    where did you get your book case with the glass doors?
    they are truly beautiful!
    your home is so welcoming!

    • annabode
      | 24 January 2015

      Aw, thanks so much Amy! The bookcase is from World Market, and it’s called the Greyson Sideboard (it’s still there & on sale, so you could grab it!). I replaced the hardware with these knobs from Anthropologie.

  • Caitrionaormonde
    | 14 May 2016

    hey , where dis u get the frame with the Rounded corners? I love it. C

    • annabode
      | 16 May 2016

      Hi Caitriona – the frame is from IKEA.

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