Thursday, November 29, 2012

"God Jul"

Hello everyone!
 
Since I decided to decorate my Christmas tree in a Scandinavian (Swedish) style this year, I thought it would be appropriate to wish you all Merry Christmas in Danish.  (Hence, my title.) As I've been studying this look, I've learned so much about this style.  It's so much fun!  Instead of Santa's (like we have here in America), they have Danish Elves. 
 
 
 
Aren't they just the cutest?!
 
Swedish decor is often  red and white with a bit of grey mixed in.  They use a lot of natural materials from the outdoors and homemade ornaments.  Since it is usually very cold and snowy outside, many of their decorations are made from wool, felt or sweater materials. It all gives the feeling of being warm and cozy inside.  Images such as snowflakes, animals, and hearts are very popular.
 
Here are a few images that I found envelop this look.
 


 
 
 
So..............without further ado............
 
here is my version of a Swedish Christmas tree.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 


 
I added every one's initials on the tree and filled it with animals, snowflakes, mushrooms, ball ornaments and other "outside" themed objects such as hats and ice skates.  I found most of these at Target!  They were part of their Northern Horizons collection.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This cute little sack came in a package I ordered from Dreamy Whites.  It had butcher's twine in it, so I just painted the "25" on it and used it as a decoration. 
 
 


So, what do you think?  Did I capture the "Swedish look"?  I live in the south, so technically, I should be decorating with fruits and magnolia leaves.  But, I'm just really drawn to this look this year. 
 
 
I hope I was able to share a little inspiration on this look with you today.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
~ Kelly ~

Inspiration pics from here.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 


40 comments:

Shannon said...

It looks beautiful Kelly. The tree is so perfect and how fun that everything was found for a reasonable price at good ole Target!

Deserae said...

You know how much I love this look too....everything is pure perfection!!!! Absolutely STUNNING!!!!!
~Des

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Wow, Kelly, this looks amazing! Your tree is just gorgeous! I love how you've implemented the Swedish look so beautifully into all of your decor! Your home looks wonderful!

Andrea said...

I LOVE it! and I also love that you are embracing this warm, simple, yet stunning style!

Anne said...

Wow Kelly your tree looks so beautiful! And yes you captured it! Your home looks so pretty! Oh I love those little bags.I just ordered my third set of these lavender pillows! I LOVE these.I am keeping two sets for me :-) and giving one set away as a gift.They smell wonderful and she really fills these up!Love how you added the number!
xx
Anne

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

You captured it perfectly! I am very impressed! Your tree looks so beautiful and very festive! I love it!

Jenine said...

I recently have fallen in love with Scandinavian decor and now I can't seem to get enough of it! I can only hope that my Christmas tree turns out as beautiful as yours:) Beautiful job.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

You did a great job in recreating a Sweedish look!

Sherry said...

Fantastic! I love this look. I did a dessert themed a gnome and a mushroom this week and it was all I could do to not put God Jul on the tag for the dessert.:)
Sherry

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You certainly did Kelly, your tree looks GORGEOUS!!! LOVE this look!

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful, Kelly! You have got it nailed! Who knew Target would have what you were looking for?! Your home is the perfect backdrop for the Scandinavian look you are after. Forget the magnolia leaves and fruit!!

XO,
Jane

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Now you must find you some elves. Your tree looks fabulous. You know I love red and white so this style would work for me if I could afford to change our home. But, no.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Yes! It looks very Swedish!

Lorrie Orr said...

I think you captured the Scandinavian look perfectly. It's lovely - fresh, clean and bright.

NanaDiana said...

Well, first off I love the Elves. Your decorations just look so pure and simple and sweet. I love the pops of red against the white. It is wonderful. xo Diana

ps...if you get the chance pop by and see my little SweetCheeks birthday post. She is going to read everyone's comments-

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Oh yes Kelly!! You have mastered the look.
I love the reds and whites.
Such clean lines.

Olive said...

I think your elves are called Nisse. I think someone on Etsy makes them. I just do not remember who. Beautiful tree Kelly.

Stacey said...

I think you amaze me. I loved your home before you changed your look and now it is beautiful in a whole new way. You've definitely captured the swedish look. I adore those little elves and they are on my list to find too.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love your home...your Christmas tree...and all the gray too:)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Lovely, Kelly. The pops of color make it fun and family friendly, too.
The little elves are the cutest!
Hugs,
Patti

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

You have certainly captured the look! Very pretty!

Debby said...

Your tree is beautiful. I love it
Love those elves as well. Your home is so cozy.

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Yes Ma'am I say you nailed the look!! Very charming Kelly.. warm and cozy.
Cheers, Gee

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh Kelly I love it all! Your tree is fabulous. You have completely captured the look you were after. Those elves are the cutest!

Pondside said...

It all looks lovely, Kelly. We decorate with a lot of Danish elements because my husband is Danish. We say 'Glad Jul' which is pronounced like 'Glay-a Yule' and garland the tree with flags. The only thing we don't do is put real candles on the tree - too dangerous!

Pattie Taylor said...

Kelly I think your Christmas home is amazing. I also think it looks better than the Swedish photos. Have a happy weekend

Pattie

Cynthia said...

Your Swedish Christmas is beautiful and festive. I love how it tuned out.

Cynthia

Robin said...

I think you did a wonderful job! I love all the red and white, makes me feel cozy.

Scribbler said...

You have absolutely hit it out of the park! This looks so authentic, plus it is warm and welcoming. Just gorgeous!

Bliss said...

I love it all!

Bliss

Arlete Castro said...

Adorei o teu blog, parabéns.
Já sou tua seguidora, quando tiveres um tempinho visita o meu e se gostares participe.
Linda tarde.
Beijos.

Christine Vandormolen said...

Very beautiful Kelly....very tasteful and not to over-loaded

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh Kelly, yes you did...your home is perfect for the Swedish Christmas look and feel....your tree is beautiful and I love looking at all of your creative touches...Looking forward to more of your "Swedish Christmas"....Have a great weekend!!

Shelia said...

Hi Kelly! You did! You did! Oh, I'm just amazed how you did all of your research and started a whole new theme for your home. It's so pretty and reminds me a lot of Norway too. We've visited the country three times and some of the same elements were all over the place. Those little elves are darling!
Thanks for popping in to se eme.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Missy George said...

Your tree is beautiful..Very festive!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You not only captured the look, Kelly, you ROCKED it! Beautiful!!! Well done. blessings ~ tanna

Carol said...

I think you captured it perfectly, Kelly! Your tree is beautiful and all the red, white, and green touches around your room are so lovely.

Debbiedoo's said...

My goodness I have been so behind. You house is just gorgeous all decked out for the Holiday Kelly. What a pretty tree.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I am sooo behind on blogs that I had to really look to find this post! I remember seeing the thumbnail photo of those adorable elves and just had to come back to see them. I'm loving your Swedish Christmas theme and your tree is gorgeous!

Lisa Montsion said...

What a beautiful Christmas.

lisa