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A Charming Festive Swedish Cottage In Winter Time

When do you start decorating your home for Christmas (if you do)? In Sweden the First Sunday of Advent is traditionally the day many Scandinavians start to add festive touches, although the darkness has prompted many to start early. I therefore felt it was time for my second 'Jul' post of the year and this charming Swedish cottage fits the bill perfectly! The traditional red and white property dates back to 1901 and was formerly the home of a platelayer (also known as a 'trackman' - whose job was to inspect and maintain the nearby railway line). Today, the charming cottage in Västmanland county belongs to Helena Dahl and her family. As you can tell from the furniture and accessories, Helena is a huge fan of vintage and antiques, and even runs a small instagram store selling Swedish vintage pieces. But what really caught my attention was just how pretty her home is at Christmas time, especially with the snow falling silently outside. Ready to feel warm and fuzzy inside? 

Simple boxwood wreaths hang from the door with red ribbon and a pine tree rests against the wall. 
In Sweden windows come alive at Christmas with paper star lanterns* and 'adventsljustake' (advent candlestick holders in an inverted V). 
The imperfections are what makes this little cottage so perfect! I particularly love the wonky walls and doorways which show the age of the cottage.
A tree sapling has been placed in a vase adding a subtle festive touch beside a sweet smelling hyacinth and simple candle. 
The Christmas tree has been festooned with vintage baubles, flags and other decorations, and lights up a dark corner under the stairs. 
A collection of three antique Swedish brass candleholders makes a pretty display on the coffee table. 
Spot the heart-shape snow-flake? But of course! 

Such a pretty home, don't you think? Is there anything that stood out to you? 

The cottage reminds me a lot of Helen's cosy Blekinge home - which I featured last week. When I see pretty country homes like these it makes me wonder if I should leave the city. Do you ever feel like that too? 

For those of you looking for new Scandi-style festive ideas for your home in the coming days, take a peek at: 

The hit DIY decoration of 2020 - a decoration made from cardboard loo rolls! 

Meanwhile, if you're American and heading off to enjoy the holidays - Happy Thanksgiving!! 

I'll be back tomorrow with a final post for the week, which will hopefully fill you with ideas for the weekend! 

Have a cosy day friends! 

Niki

Photography courtesy of Helena Dahl with thanks. 

LATEST COMMENTS:

  1. Eu nunca estive em um lugar como este, mas acredito que seria incrível passar alguns dias nesta casa.
    O projeto para mim parece bastante simples, mas mesmo assim não deixa a desejar.
    Cada cantinho da casa parece que foi planejado com bastante carinho.
    Eu adoro esta época do ano.
    Boas festas para você e sua família.
    Vou dar uma olhada nos outros artigos que você sugeriu no artigo.
    Um abraço.
    arquitetoversatil.com

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  2. I absolutely love this, and yes, I would like to live in the country, or at least have a vacation cottage there. One like this one would be amazing.

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  3. I love the green door and the fireplace with the worn floor in front of it, that is such a charming picture, so beautiful in its simplicity.

    In a fit of uncluttering (during my vacation in September) I packed all my Christmas ornaments and took them to a thrift store. Now I am starting to wonder what I am going to put on my Christmas tree.

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  4. The patina throughout this cottage on the floors, doors, walls and furniture is so beautiful - you can't just create that - it has to be lovingly lived in to get that patina :)

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  5. Love this cottage and all of its charm! I especially love the Christmas decor.

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