SCENT(A) IS COMING TO TOWN

Blooming hyacinths, gingerbread spices, fir branches and lit candles smell of Scandinavian christmas, but i enjoy a scented candle in the mix on cold winter nights as you wrap gifts, write cards and sample pralines. The scented candles from Skandinavisk are among my personal favourites.
IMAGE: SKANDINAVISK WEBSHOP

ALL IS CALM, ALL IS WHITE

Julstämning med vita blommor

A rustic take on the brown and green trend. Most of our family's winter florals and candles are white this time of the year. Bright colours can offer an instant mood lift indoors, but I prefer the indoors to correspond to the view outside the windows.
IMAGE: BLOMSTERFRAMJANDET,PHOTO BY LINA ARVIDSSON; USED WITH PERMISSION

FREDAGSFYND




I want to RUN to Indiska and snatch these little darlings before everyone else. Perfect for small stems of white pink and red poinsettias to decorate your whole house with for gløgg parties. Perfect match for Svenskt Tenn items at a fraction of the price! Get a bunch! The more the better! On sale at Indiska
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE INDISKA WEBSHOP

NÅR NETTENE BLIR LANGE


When nights get longer and the cold starts to bite... is the start of a modern classic christmas song for children about a family of mice.  It was originally written in Norwegian by Alf Prøysen and set to a traditional melody, but has been translated into Danish and Swedish as well.

LITTE RED RIDING HOOD

Carl Larsson - Little Red Riding Hood 1881IMAGE: Carl Larsson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

ON POINT


Be it lion, mustard, ochre or saffron, dirty yellow hues are a here to stay. I don't mind, it has always been a part of a traditional Scandinavian folklore palette along with gray, blue and reds. Also a great substitute for gold that will make your interior lean more towards Scandi and less towards Disneyland.
Paper star, Stjärna, 80 cm from Granit.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE FROM GRANIT WEBSHOP

A DARK HORSE


A minimalistic handcarved Dalecarlian horse from Färä. Available at Åhlens, among others. Perfect for urban dwellings where a bright red painted horse would stick out like a sore thumb. 
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE ÅHLENS WEB SHOP

DARK IS THE NIGHT

Cast

PHOTO: Cast, by Yiannis Theologos Michellis, Public Domain, via Flickr

HANG TIGHT


Every Christmas I make a mental note of what I need to stock in larger numbers for next year. A few years back it was paper napkins (with plenty of kids as guests I should have seen it coming), then it was frozen vegetables (Norwegian grocery stores were closed for most of the holiday), and last year it was gift tags. Why? Because writing with markers on gifts is an instant downgrade... These are plain and pretty. From Lagerhaus.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE LAGERHAUS WEBSHOP  

THE GRAY-T POT


The new NYPON potsfrom IKEA are a steal. Modern clean lines, light weight, available in a range of sizes and suitable for both indoor and outdoor uses. Best of all? Empty pots can be stacked for storage! Would look good with a schlumbergera, poinsettia, or a small tree for winter.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE IKEA WEBSHOP

CHRISTMAS TREND FORECAST

In 2012 I was interviewed by Gina Munsey of the Oaxacaborn blog about christmas trends and concluded that:

"the next big thing will be a warmer retro palette with influences from the seventies: deep green, navy, orange, yellow, brown and brass"

In 2017 TrendStefan, declared the christmas colour of the year to be brown. In 2018 he declared it to be green, and press images everywhere have navy couches with mustard colour accent pillows this fall. Not to mention that brass has been the IT-metal of the past 8 years by now. The orange I was expecting to see was replaced by many shades of rust and pinks, as orange was relegated to October as the imported holiday Halloween has increased in popularity.

I believe these trends have peaked by now and that many consumers are turning attentions away from the colour coordinated monochrome palettes of dusty neutrals.

The cabin aestethic with its ubiquitous reindeers and plaid patterns have evolved into a fairytale genre with elves and toadstools joining small gnomes. You can see it most blatantly at IKEA this year. Plenty of toadstools, hedgehogs, badgers, squirrels, roses and acorns, all of which are certainly gone by the beginning of November in Scandinavian nature and have few references to christmas, but plenty to fairy tales.

This move from wintry forests and lodges to lush hedges and bushes is parallel to the shift from rustic to bourgeoisie. Holidays at castles and opulent apartments from the early 1900s are the new style references. Plants on pedestals, sugared fruit platters, velvet and silk ribbon, Elsa Beskow, Beatrix Potter, William Morris, candlesticks, tied bouquets and floral centrepieces. In Sweden perhaps a revival for discontinued china such as God Jul by Rorstrand. We might even see a return of the potpourri. The coming years I expect to see plenty of table settings with a mix of thrift shop and flea market items mixed with inherited and modern pieces. The table linen will be spotlighted as the element that tie it all together.

The counterpart to that classic christmas is the modern minimalistic holiday with a pared back rather monochrome and neutral palette. Richness in textures with sheepskin, handmade pottery, decorations made from straw, enamel, linen fabric, checkered fabrics, frayed and salvaged edges, small potted indoor trees, and of course votives and hurricanes en masse. Style references are Shaker furniture and food items such as grains, seeds, notes, porridge, beets, black kale and farm style breads and a general romanticism about "simpler times". Quilts and candle making will trend again, and rolled beeswax candles will return as a fragrant staple at christmas markets.

OUR TURN TO TREK

kråksvamp

In Norway, Sunday is turdag. A tur is a hike by foot, ski, or skates in the outdoors. Families, groups of friends, teams, classmates, or even a hiking club will meet to hike a trail, mountaintop, seaside, or forest. Our youngest haven't been a light load to carry and our oldest hard to convince but this year I am determined to force them outside a little more often on Sundays! I have consulted the Oslove guide by Hanna Norberg to find semi-urban hike routes, and have stored up on Kvikklunsj, the ubiquitous Norwegian hiking treat. Hopefully it will entice the family to advance to trails and mountaintops next year.
IMAGE: SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS BLOG/ANNA 

THE ROLF SCHMITZ COLLECTION AT BUKOWSKIS


This is a dream of a collection! The artwork, the furniture, the carpets, the textiles, the porcelain, the sculptures...  The chandeliers alone have had me mesmerised enough to forget about dinner and burn food on the stove. The Rolf Schmitz Collection was auctioned off by Bukowskis on the 9th of October. Browse the full catalogue here.
IMAGE: FAKSIMILE, AUCTION CATALOGUE, BUKOWSKIS 

THEY SCENT ME HOME


More ambiance in our home is desperately needed. The scattered toys, piles of laundry and homework don't do the job. I've been pleased with the cinnamon scented candle, but new in this season is the cinnamon scented air diffusers and it might be the fall staple that will will do the trick for our messy quarters. I shall hunt them down as soon as I am done cleaning. From Bruka Design and available in clear and smoked glass.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE BRUKA DESIGN WEBPAGE, USED WITH PERMISSION