When do you start decorating your home for Christmas (if you do)? In Sweden the First Sunday of Advent is traditionally the day many Scandinavians start to add festive touches, although the darkness has prompted many to start early. I therefore felt it was time for my second ‘Jul’ post of the year and this charming Swedish cottage fits the bill perfectly! The traditional red and white property dates back to 1901 and was formerly the home of a platelayer (also known as a ‘trackman’ – whose job was to inspect and maintain the nearby railway line). Today, the charming cottage in Västmanland county belongs to Helena Dahl and her family. As you can tell from the furniture and accessories, Helena is a huge fan of vintage and antiques, and even runs a small instagram store selling Swedish vintage pieces. But what really caught my attention was just how pretty her home is at Christmas time, especially with the snow falling silently outside. Ready to feel warm and fuzzy inside?
Simple boxwood wreaths hang from the door with red ribbon and a pine tree rests against the wall.
In Sweden windows come alive at Christmas with paper star lanterns* and ‘adventsljustake’ (advent candlestick holders in an inverted V).
The imperfections are what makes this little cottage so perfect! I particularly love the wonky walls and doorways which show the age of the cottage.
A tree sapling has been placed in a vase adding a subtle festive touch beside a sweet smelling hyacinth and simple candle.
The Christmas tree has been festooned with vintage baubles, flags and other decorations, and lights up a dark corner under the stairs.
Spot the heart-shape snow-flake? But of course!
Such a pretty home, don’t you think? Is there anything that stood out to you?
The cottage reminds me a lot of Helen’s cosy Blekinge home – which I featured last week. When I see pretty country homes like these it makes me wonder if I should leave the city. Do you ever feel like that too?
For those of you looking for new Scandi-style festive ideas for your home in the coming days, take a peek at:
Meanwhile, if you’re American and heading off to enjoy the holidays – Happy Thanksgiving!!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a final post for the week, which will hopefully fill you with ideas for the weekend!