Dreaming of a White Christmas in Sandra's Serene Home

Some people love to go all out at Christmas, while others prefer a more pared-back approach. If you fall into the latter camp, I think you're going to enjoy the festive touches in Sandra's minimalist apartment in Hanover, Germany (remember this tour?!). Think subtle bunches of eucalyptus, olive and amaryllis, candles, and white paper stars and Christmas ornaments against a serene white and light wood backdrop. I had a brief chat with Sandra to find out more! 

What is important to you when it comes to decorating for the season?
As you may recognise, I appreciate simplicity and clear structures around me - and, although I really love to follow the seasons with my home decor, the basic feel of the home remains constant.

When do you start adding festive touches to your home?
I see more and more people getting festive in November. But, for me it makes it even more special to wait until the First Sunday of Advent - when the countdown officially begins! 

What's your philosophy when it comes to Christmas decorating?
I think simplicity is key - 'less is more'. I have an overall focus on natural elements like wood, flowers and of course a lot of greenery like fir, eucalyptus and olive. The result is a minimalist, natural but also refined look. 

Do you have anything new in your home this season?
This Christmas, I found a huge Scandinavian paper star, (more info here!) that will spread some Christmas cheer in our living room. 

Thank you for inviting us inside your beautiful, festive home Sandra! 

I think Pauline and Jo, Sandra's dogs are enjoying their Christmassy home, don't you? 

Is there anything that stood out to you?

I guess you know what's coming (you know I can never resist!) - yes, links to more Scandinavian Christmas decoration inspiration of course!! Here goes: 

Our Swedish Christmas from Per's perspective (don't miss the 20% discount off Skandinavisk seasonal candles with code nikijul20 - valid until 16th December). 

Altogether now, "deck the halls with boughs of um, eucalyptus...!"

Incidentally, I have one whole week of blogging left before Christmas - is there anything you'd love to see? Give me a shout in the comment section below and I'll do my best to cover it! 


Photography: Sandra / @Karlas_view shared with kind permission


  1. Ohhh now you're talking.... how about some tutorials for those lovely stars in English perhaps.....?? I've looked at your links and can make head or tail of them from the photographs but some have lovely elements - the brown paper ones and tracing paper ones that I can't decipher from the text. Thank you xx Rebecca xx

    1. When you open the websites with Google Chrome as your browser, it gives you the option to translate the entire website to whatever language you want. For me, this works perfectly.

    2. If there is a translation option that’s perfect! I’m not sure if I have time to create my own DIY in English... things getting a bit hectic around Christmas, but then again I don’t want you guys to go without these lovely stars either!

  2. This is a lovely apartment, but I can't help feel a little sad about the minimalist approach. The psychology around what constitutes festive (or sad!) must be super interesting. I am definitely not a maximalist at the holidays and prefer minimal natural elements mixed with some thrifted vintage things that I have made into family heirlooms (in my mind anyway). But all the touches very restrained and sophisticated (like that awesome amarylis arrangement in the bedroom). I guess that means I revert to be being a kid at Xmas and like some whimsy over class.

    1. In the evening all the lights will be dimmed and the candles twinkling - and i can imagine it feels super cosy (I’ve seen this before in other very pared-back homes in Sweden). Your idea of Christmas decorating sounds wonderful too! Nothing wrong with being like a kid at Christmas 😀


  3. I really love the way you arrange your apartment. Your apartment is clean yet warm. The Scandinavian touch makes it more personal which I like a lot! However, I tend to think it's a bit sad to not emphasize more the Christmas season. I'm might be a bit too much into Christmas but I keep thinking it's once a year and this season is special to warm up houses and hearts.

  4. I love your apartment, it look so beautiful and amazing, specially i love the white star it so pretty. The hole thing are stylish. Thanks for the share.


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