The inviting home of a Danish florist

One of the surprising things I learned about Sweden when I moved here is that Christmas decorations are officially taken down on 13th January. This unnerved me as I grew up in England where I was led to believe leaving them up past twelfth night / 6th January is unlucky (what tradition do you have in your country?). These days I go with the flow and although our Christmas tree has long since gone I've grown to love the twinkling fairy lights which brighten up our neighbourhood in the first half of January.  It helps that the festive touches are subtle and all about nature too. A fine example of this can be seen in the charming Danish home of florist Signe Nelleman Bruun. White walls and floors and old wood beams serve as a magnificent backdrop for lovely displays of spruce, pine cones, moss and bare branches while lanterns, cosy blankets and rugs both inside and out add a warm and inviting feel. Let's take a peek!

Credit: Niels & Iben Ahlberg - Shared with kind permission.

Oh so lovely, don't you think?!

I especially love the back yard with it's roaring fire, cosy blanket and the scent of hyacinths, spruce and rosemary in the air.

Is there anything that stands out to you?

Get the look from Signe's beautiful home: this lantern is similar, light grey reindeer hide throw, beautiful sheepskin and rug by Private0204. This dark grey linen duvet cover and soft grey blanket are similar.

Have a lovely day!

PS There's a blizzard raging outside here in Southern Sweden - definitely a double coffee and chunky knit blanket kind of morning!


  1. Here, in Quebec city, there's the Carnaval at the end of the month. So people leave their Christmas lights on until the end of the Carnaval (that is until ±Valentine's day). Then it's too cold to remove them, -30°C, so they are left unlit until warmer. I'm not from Quebec, so for me too it was an odd tradition.

    1. I love all the different traditions, it's what makes the world such an interesting place! I have to admit I do love the idea of leaving all these twinkling lights up until spring too - I'm not sure about the minus 30 though - now that's cold!! BRRRRRR!

    2. The 6th of January is "les rois" (kings) for European. You eat a galette that contains a bean. The founder of the bean is king. And that marks the end of winter Christian holidays. Quebec city's winter Carnaval was the second biggest after Rio. Would rather have Rio's temperature! Well, yesterday and today it's up to 5°C with rain, but expecting down to -21°C tomorrow night (which is the normal for January). Ice everywhere

  2. I believe that in our country is also the 6th of January when people put down their holiday decorations. I put them down very early. I like that December is festive and all ( I decorate in the beginning of December), but all the magic disappear for me after midnight on the New Year's eve. However, I love fairy lights and I'm always searching for new ideas how to use them all year round :) This home is gorgeous! I love the wooden beams and the big lanterns. Oh, and the fireplace in the back yard <3 Sitting there with a hot chocolate and a soft, warm blanket - yes please :)

    1. I've heard many people say the same about Christmas decorations Maja :) The house is just lovely isn't it? - I'm with you on the hot chocolate in the backyard!

  3. Bonjour! Very ironic this morning that you mention Christmas decorations.... I'm sitting in front of our fireplace with my coffee cup in hand and admiring our Christmas tree with mini lights and woodland themed tree... I was just thinking if I should take it down? It's peaceful and I think January in our part of the country needs a bit of light and decoration! I also live in the province of Québec in Canada. Not too far away from Québec City like your first reader commented....
    I so enjoyed this post, just beautiful!! Glad that your back. I always look forward to your posts! xx

    1. I love the sound of your woodland themed tree Marie. Québec sounds very much like Sweden in January - twinkling lights and the warm glow of candles are a necessity!

    2. PS thank you so much for your kind words about my blog, I'm so happy to hear you like my posts :)

    3. 1st bonjour de Quebec Marie ;-)
      2nd indeed!!! I did miss the blog during the holidays, glad you're back too :-D
      3 rd i do wish winter wasn't so harsh here and that I too could enjoy an outdoor fireplace

  4. I would say in France we wait until the 6th of January aka when the Three Kings arrive and we eat the "galette des rois". My tree is still up but I'm planning on taking it down this week end. I will keep some of the decorations though, the ones that are more winter themed than Christmas themed. Because taking down every thing would make me sad. When I was a kid, taking down the tree was always a bad day for me, we spend so much time preparing for Christmas, and waiting, and then it's all over in one day! So I like to keep the magic for a bit longer :)

  5. When I lived in Europe, we always kept our Christmas tree till the 6th of January. In Canada, I find that many people dismantle the tree right after the Christmas Day (which is too early for me - I like to enjoy the Christmas decor a little longer).
    If it was not for the fact that my tree was so ridiculously dry (to the point that branches started to curl downward) I would have kept it. I put it to the curb on January 1 but the city still has not bothered to pick the trees up - half of the houses in my street have a tree waiting to be collected.

  6. Hi

    Can I know where the glass lantern in the second pic is from? I clicked on the link but it doesn't seem to work. Thanks!


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