Inspiring Christmas Touches in a Beautiful Swedish Home

I think it's time for some more Christmas inspiration, do you? And what better than to return to the beautiful Swedish home of photographer and stylist Emelie Sundberg? You might recall the tour back in February - which was understandably hugely popular, and it comes as no surprise that Emelie's home is equally beautiful and cosy at Christmas time. Think pretty snow flowers and star lanterns, homemade wreaths, amaryllis, hyacinths, a wonderful Christmas tree and of course, lots of candlelight. There's inspiration to be found every corner! 

I love the simple idea of storing white candles in a glass vessel. Also note the hyacinths in small* and large glass vases* - this is common a common sight at Christmas in Sweden and makes for a beautiful display that fills the home with a fresh scent! Note also the subtle boxwood wreaths. 

Top picture - Eldig Christmas star*

I've always loved this type of wine glass storage, it's perfect for entertaining too! 

I love pretty amaryllis at Christmas time - and this salmon pink version adds a pop of colour! 

A pretty Sputnik star lantern* hangs over a traditional 'adventsljustake' (advent candleholder) in the window. 

The fireplace has been decorated with a simple straw wreath and candle display. 

Emelie's daughter plays with pretty 'St Lucia tåg' choir figurines on the windowsill. 

A bouquet of amaryllis brightens up the desk in Emelie's study. It's also lovely to have a candle lit while you're working - it's not something I would have thought of living in England, but these days I often light a candle on my desk to help brighten up the winter darkness and create a calm feel (needed at this time of year, right?). 

How beautiful!

I hope you feel as inspired by Emelie's home as I do. 

Is there anything that stood out to you? Also, I'm really curious - do you have the same type of Christmas flowers in your country? 

Follow Emelie's beautiful instagram feed for more inspiration this Christmas.

Other festive homes you might enjoy today: 

I loved reading your comments about my three new lights yesterday. I was curious to read that in order for a room to feel complete and practical, you should have at least four sources of light. I feel I'm finally getting there now - do you have enough lighting in your home? 

Ha det så bra! 


Photography: Emelie Sundberg shared with kind permission


  1. Love the beautiful cabinet refinishing on those cabinets!

  2. I had forgotten about angel chimes candles until I saw this. We had some when I was a child.

    In the midwestern USA, it's more common to see poinsettias at Christmas, although some people do force amaryllis and paper white bulbs. We have a Christmas cactus in our home but it only seems to bloom at Easter.

    This is a lovely home. I especially like the fireplace area and the two different wallpapered areas. It's so interesting to see the difference in Christmas decor around the world. It appears to be much more muted in your neck of the woods.

    1. Thank you for sharing your Christmas blooms. You did make me chuckle with the easter blooming Christmas cactus! I'm happy you enjoyed this tour :)

  3. The Amaryllus is also common in Holland with Christmas, and the Hyacint. I like the Lucia-light very much, I would like to have it myself.

    1. I have my eye on the Lucia lights too - it's so pretty!

  4. The other day, I was moving some pots (that were still in the yard) to the shed for the winter when I noticed that in one of them, something green was coming up. I realized those are hyacinths that I purchased in the spring. After they were done blooming, I left the pot in the yard where it sat 3/4 of the year and now they are trying to bloom again. I brought them in and within two days, the little green tips are now an inch above the soil. I hope they will bloom just in time for Christmas.

    1. How wonderful is that! I hope they are blooming now, for Christmas!

  5. So lovely to see the beautiful winter touches, and I love the beehive fixture over the table! Do you know if it's a vintage find?

    1. Thank you for pointing out the light fixture, Emelie bought it from Global Lighting.


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