Decorating for Winter: Scandinavian Style


In the countries of the far north where the winters are incredibly long and cold, people have learned to take what could be quite a dark time, and transform it into a time of light and good cheer. There is a Danish concept called hygge, which roughly translates to mean creating a warm and cozy atmosphere in your home, and enjoying time with family and friends. Delightful, right? I love adopting a Scandinavian approach to winter, and you can, too: it’s all about light, coziness, nature, and a bit of sparkle.

Key elements of Scandinavian style winter decorating:

- Sheepskins flung over chairs for warmth (faux is perfectly acceptable!)

- Knitted accessories

- Natural birch bark

- Star motifs

- Clean and simple black and white color palette

- Loads of candles

- Potted bulbs like amaryllis and paperwhites

The beauty of Scandinavian or Nordic style decorating is that it’s based heavily in nature and simplicity. This is especially great around the holidays if you are craving a simpler approach. Consider forgoing the store-bought gift wrap in favor of plain kraft paper fastened with twine. To decorate each room, place a small fresh-cut tree or cluster of evergreen branches in a vase on the floor or table, and hang stars cut from bark or wool felt. Instead of baking ten kinds of cookies, bake one batch of gingerbread and decorate it with white icing. Simple!

Of course, another key part of embracing a Scandinavian sensibility at this time of year is to enjoy getting outside in nature…and then coming indoors to warm up with hot drinks and tasty cakes! So bundle up and go for the sled ride, take a walk in the woods, or gather round a fire pit in the backyard. Find the beauty in this time of year.

If you would like to bring some Nordic style into your home this season, I recommend keeping the palette simple with soothing shades of gray, cream, black, and white. Above are a few of my favorite pieces: a silky soft gray area rug, gorgeous wintery photo print, chunky knit pillow, and cozy faux fur rug for tossing on your favorite chair.

Now it’s your turn: Share your favorite thing about wintertime in the Comments!

Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Textured Pillow in light gray; 2. Gordon Semmens ‘Buffalo River Snow Field’; 3. Loloi Grayson Animal Shape Rug in graphite; 4. Artistic Weavers Silk Route Rainey rug in light gray.

Photo Credits: from top to bottom of post My Scandinavian HomeThe Style FilesHouse of ValentinaLaura Gaskill.

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Fashion Translation: Neutral meets Glam

While I’m not exactly a ‘glamour girl’ when it comes to my personal style, I can”t help but LOVE it when the holiday season rolls around. Give me anything that is furry, sparkly, covered in sequins and totally over the top. I can’t get enough. This trend doesn’t have to be excluded from your home either. There are tons of ways to incorporate either a little or a lot of glitz into your home this holiday season.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make your home feel super glam this holiday season, look no further than these gorgeous shag rugs. I personally love mine with a bit of texture and pattern. And I’d totally drape a smaller sheepskin style rug over my favorite chair or the back of my sofa for a lodge-inspired look.

Photo Credit: Chris Nicholls via Fashion Gone Rogue.

Shopping Guide:

Grayson rug from Loloi Rugs

Dynamic rugs Loft in silver and brown

Loloi Rugs dream shag in ivory


If you’re looking for a more dramatic look, I suggest pulling inspiration from the wintry night sky. While I love shades of grey all year long, there’s something about tones that veer more towards blue that make me feel cozy. I suggest going for a mix and match look, with loads of shaggy layers — aka the perfect setting for some Netflix and chill time, if you know what I mean!

Photo Credit: Chris Nicholls via Fashion Gone Rogue.

Shopping Guide:

Loloi Rugs dion shag in blue

Karastan after 5 shag in blue silver

Loloi Rugs cozy shag in light blue

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5 Tips to Prep Your Home for Winter

via The Style Files
Photo: The Style Files

Tip #1: Stack Up Those Blankets

Pull those blankets out of their hiding places in closets and under beds. Give them a quick wash and dry, then set out stacks in living spaces and bedrooms for especially chilly days and nights. I like to place them in large baskets, it helps keep things tidy and pets from taking advantage of a new nap spot.

The Jungalow
Photo: The Jungalow

Tip #2: Put Your Slow Cooker on High Rotation

The set and forget it mentality is especially appreciated during winter months, where you leave for work when it’s dark outside and don’t come home until it’s dark once again. Pull your slow cooker out of the back of that cabinet or pantry and take advantage of its time saving capabilities, as well as the delicious stews and more that you’ll be enjoying soon!


Tip #3: Flannel Sheets Are Where It’s At

Swapping out the Egyptian cotton sheets for flannel is step one for me when it comes to admitting that winter is nearly here. I like to have two sets on hand — one that’s either plain or with a simple pattern, the other more seasonal. One happens to be a heavier flannel than the other, assuring that no one will ever wake up with cold toes in the middle of the night.

Joanna Hawley

Tip #4: Stock Up on Candles

When the windows are no longer thrown open (or even cracked just a little), the house needs to get a dose of freshness somehow. I stock up on candles year round both because I like having more than one option to burn at a time, and because I use them more come the winter months. I find myself really looking forward to lighting one before dinner every night.

Lars Kaslov for Bo Bedre
Photo: Bo Bedre

Tip #5: Cover Those Floors

If you all of a sudden find yourself wearing thicker socks (like me) while wandering around your home, then it’s time to think about rugs. Check for wear and tear on older ones (especially in high traffic areas like entryways and halls) and take notice of which spots may need a floor rug of their own.


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Fashion Translation: A Glitzy Holiday Home

It sort of feels like I blinked and all of a sudden it was the week before Thanksgiving! How did this happen? I don’t feel prepared at all, especially when it comes to my home decor. When it comes to holiday style, I often rely on two very glam materials to get in the mood: velvet and sequins. Both of these materials are perfect for adding a special touch to your home for the holidays — but what about rugs?


Luxurious and opulent shag rugs are a great complement to velvet pillows. I’m a big fan of this dramatic, luxe look and suggest layering them on top of your normal patterned or solid colored rugs for an extraordinary look. I suggest keeping the palette cool and jewel-tone inspired for a wintry, special holiday vibe.

Photo Credit: Madame Figaro via Fashion Gone Rogue.

Shopping Guide:

Surya teal velvet pillow

Surya aqua Moroccan pillow

Glamour Shag rug from Loloi Rugs

Capel Trolley Line Vanilla shag rug


There’s also something so gorgeous about using silvery neutral tones within your space for the holidays. It almost reminds me of how icicles twinkle on tree branches! I’m already a huge fan of velvet when it comes to winter dressing for formal occasions and love any excuse to bring it into my home more. Velvet pillows are a must-have for glamming up your sofa, while embroidered pillows add a special pop to any space.


Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters.

Shopping Guide:

Jaipur Rugs Jennifer Adams pillow

Surya smooth velvet pillow in light grey

Avalon silver rug from Dynamic Rugs

Mysterio silver rug from Dynamic Rugs

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