Lena's Serene Swedish Home At Christmas

When it comes to decorating Lena Lidman has one of those natural gifts - the ability to pick up unique vintage pieces and place them seamlessly into the home. The result is a beautifully balanced look - neutral and serene yet warm and inviting. At Christmas, she adds subtle touches: a star here, a garland of angels there. Keep a look out for the spruce and pine in vases. And for those of you who don't celebrate 'Jul' there's plenty to feel inspired by all the same. So pull up a chair, we're off to Ume√•, in the North of Sweden for the full tour! 

I love a window seat - after all, everyone needs a little 'me time', especially at this time of the year, and it's a perfect spot from which to sit and watch the world go by. 

The cabinet was a vintage find, and Lena has given it a lick of paint to match the kitchen cabinets. 

Paper star lanterns* and pendants* look equally pretty at night as they do in the day. 

The painting and sculpture were picked up at Stockholm second hand shop Bergenstr√∂m Rekvisita. Note how the shelf itself is made up of a simple plank of wood balanced on magazines. 

Lena has painted the wooden bookshelves to match the wall so they blend seamlessly into the room - I have a feeling these ones are from IKEA. 

Such a beautiful home. I love the vintage touches - and all the pretty decorations. 

Is there anything that stood out to you? 

Ready to deck the halls with boughs of.... eucalyptus, boxwood and spruce? See more Scandi christmas inspiration here: 

I'm off to the summer cottage today to see how our tiny cabin build is going. I hear the internal wood panelling is being fitted - so exciting!! I can't wait to see everything and share an update here soon. In the meantime, keep an eye on my instagram stories if you're feeling curious! 


Photography: Lena Lidman, shared with kind permission 


  1. I love the kitchen!

  2. So Niki,
    I have to tell you that this year, remembering your suggestions from last year, I was determined to thin my Christmas tree until it resembles a European Christmas tree. I failed 100%. I did generate a huge pile of trimmings but the tree does not look anything like the one in this lovely apartment. The branches are pointing up at an at least 45 degree angle and it is still impossible to hang any ornaments (because they get covered by the branches). So yet again, my Christmas tree has only strings of lights and a star at the top. But that's fine. I will continue searching for the perfect Xmas tree next year.

    1. Hi Alena,
      In my family, we put some string on apple stems and hang the (polished) apples on the branches to drag them down to be more or less parallel to the ground. It makes it much easier to hang ornaments and provides a solid base for the real candles.

    2. Gaaaah! One year you will find one! In the meantime, I'm sure your tree is just lovely this year too!


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