A cosy and warm Finnish table setting

With the shortest day of the year fast approaching here in Sweden natural light is scarce. As per Scandinavian tradition the best way to let natural light into the home over the winter months is through candle-light, whether on the dining table, in the windows or outside the front door. I've noticed that even my children's nursery have candle light on their breakfast table! This cosy dining table setting for two has been styled by Maiju of Finnish blog my second hand life for Lapuan Kankurit. It looks so cosy and warm, I could see myself having a 'fika' here with friends, anyone want to join?!

My Second Hand Life with kind permission. 
Other than the fabrics and square plates, everything used for this setting are flee market finds!

I found beautiful vintage lamps on Etsy yesterday, the candle holder is the Nappula from Iittala, find beautiful linen table cloths and napkins in white and dove grey here. The chair with the wooden legs is 'About a Chair' by HAY.

If you'd like to read more about this table setting you can always pop over to Maiju's wonderful blog.

I also love this Christmas table setting (imagine?!) and this New Years Eve table setting (I just bought star garlands like these from Illum but you can also buy similar ones online here). And look at these beautiful DIY rosemary napkin rings - perfect around a fresh white linen napkin?

How will you decorate your table this season?

PS I think you're going to love tomorrow's home tour! See you then :)


  1. Lovely, lots of inspiration here ! (Napkin rings are rosemary, not thyme) xx

    1. You're absolutely right - doh! Updated the post - thank you! x

  2. I will join you :) So nice and clean. This year I will decorate with red and white colour and a little bit of nature for the X-Mas time. You can have a look here:
    I baked a lot of cookies :) Nice greetings to Sweden, Nadine

  3. Hi!Can you tell me the brand of the white chair with the wooden legs? I love it! Always compliments for your blog, it is my first reading in the morning!

    1. Hi Francesca, the chair is the About-a Chair from HAY. You can find it here:

  4. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing your experience and very informative post my friend.

  5. i want to live inside your blog

  6. Hi! This comment is in response to yesterday's question regarding where to find amazing Scandinavian goodies in the US. Tiina the Store in Amagansett, NY and online at: It is owned by Finnish stylist Tiina Laakkonen, and is truly amazing. You will want everything in the store! She has much more in the shop than online and is worth a trip to see it in person.

  7. so beautiful! and i really love the lamps.

  8. Yes please, I would like to join!!
    But I would like to sit on the Hay chair, I love it!

  9. I would have fika there is a moment! I love that table even without all the things on it. I have my table decorated this year with an antler fitted with silver candle holders, pine boughs, pine comes and mercury glass candle holders. I'm having the hardest time finding nice table linens for my table since it is 94" long.

  10. i've been obsessing over those candle holders from iittala for too long now... love the ones in gold. think i might have to buy me one!

  11. Wow I'm in love with the style of these homes I've been looking for homes for sale in Columbia, SC and when I find one I'm going to attempt to decorate it like one of these. I'm literally obsessed with how beautiful these homes are.

  12. Hello
    Fantastic table for my kitchen/dining room. Could you tell me where can I buy it?

  13. Hey, thanks for giving me an idea. This is very helpful for me. I'll try this on my home in East Gallery Place. Thank you very much for sharing!


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