A Charming Swedish cottage in the Snow, ready for Jul

Let me take you on her journey to the snowy landscape of Northern Sweden. Tucked away in the quiet countryside of Västerbotten,  you'll find two cottages not far from one another, owned by two sisters. The pair share the same love for antique and vintage finds as well as wallpaper and lace curtains that echo times gone by. At Christmas, their cottages are bathed in the warm, golden glow of candlelight casting its spell on the surrounding countryside. 

Their instagram feed @gammsystra has become something of a sensation in Sweden thanks to the beautiful portrayal of their traditional country homes throughout the seasons - and at Christmas time they really come into their own! 

Here's a small selection from their many Christmassy scenes. Keep a look out for the 'ljusstake' - the candelabra in the window which you'll witness in the windows of most Swedish homes come December and the 'Julbock' a Christmas goat made from straw, another yuletide tradition from this Nordic country. 

At Christmas Swedes drink glögg - a spiced mulled wine with raisins and almonds as well as a side of gingersnap biscuits. A perfect antidote to the cold!

Sheepskins are draped over furniture for a cosy feel. 

So magical! 

Could you imagine spending Christmas here? 

For more beautiful snapshots from the sisters' homes, head over to @gammsystra.

Have a great start to the week!


Photography courtesy of @gammsystra, shared with kind permission. 


  1. Outstanding. I have decorated my home almost exactly like this for Christmas. I just picked up a green antique Swedish bench from the 1800's from my antique dealer. I just love a rustic bench along the side of my table in the dining room. Very Swedish and cottage and Christmas.

  2. Her home is a time capsule filled with, what I would consider, quintessential Swedish antiques. Most especially coveted are the hall clock and dining bench! So beautifully decked out just for Christmas with the same. My favorite being the 3-armed window candelabra. I have a more modern take with an 80s vintage white ceramic. Glogg and ginger snaps are a hygge staple here, as well.
    "God Jul to us all; Gud bless us, everyone!"
    Laura K

  3. Bonjour, J'habite en France, votre blog est splendide. Merci !

  4. How absolutely charming and lovely. This made my day. ❤️🎄💚

  5. This is so lovely! Finally puts me in the Christmas spirit :-)


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