5 Dec 2009

God Jul...or Glaedelig Jul, Tomato, ToMAto

I absolutely adore the simplicity of Scandinavian art & decor.
I find this surprising, because I, an artist, am very eclectic, and scatterbrained. Maybe that's why I like the style- it keeps me grounded.

Maybe it's because i have a second home at Ikea...
And maybe, it's because I'm actually Danish/Swedish. (Somehow though I doubt that has anything to do with it. My dad's family landed 4 generations ago, most of the "old country" ways have probably rubbed off by now!)

We do follow a few of the traditions as a family, such as Lucia Night. Because I was the oldest, while growing up it was always my role to wear the candles. (and usually only long enough to take a picture!)

We also made hundreds of the paper heart ornaments, which we were ironically taught to make by a cantonese girl.

Most of our Scandinavian traditions end with Christmas and a few recipes. (Because our family is such a mixed bag of backgrounds, we have a lot of traditions to squeeze in. Just wait, you'll see...Hanukkah is coming up soon!)

While I'm not sure I could decorate my entire house in Scandinavian style (I just don't have that kind of self control!) -I really admire a good Scandinavian Christmas.
I found these lovely items on Etsy (of course,) and thought I would share.


  1. thank you for the feature... :)

  2. love love your choice of Scandinavian Christmas ornaments!
    Thank you for featuring my little Peace Angel.
    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas from the UK!
    much love xxxxxxxxxx

  3. Love all those ornaments...Thanks for taking the time to share!

    Stay Cozy, Carrie

  4. Thank you for sharing my heart ornament! I am excited you found me; I love anything Scandinavian and now I have found a place to come where others share my enthusiasm.

    God Jul!

  5. I just saw that you are on the front page of Etsy right now!! Congrats!!!!!! (LOVE the stamp!...And LOVE Scandanavian style as well!!!!!)

  6. I'm decorating in the Scandanavian style this year for Christmas, so your post tickles my fancy! Thanks for sharing those lovely etsy items.

  7. I adore scandinavian decor too! glad to have found your blog via midori design! :)

  8. Love the post! Things seem so busy and stressful for so many people right now that I love simpler styles. They're a bit more calming, I think.

  9. I love all of the Scandinavian decorations that you have found! I only seem to see them at my grandmothers house. Great finds

  10. Me three. Scandinavian design is one of my favorites.
    no.4 in your decorations... I am going to have to make that for Valentines Day I think.

  11. Scandinavian Christmas style is my absolute fave. They just seem to capture the 'essence' of Christmas.