Make your home merrier with a cheerful
palette and natural trims inspired by
S w e d is h y u L e b id e
Striking in its simplicity, a Swedish-style Christmas boasts age-old elements that
easily translate to suit modern-day celebrations. The customary candy-cane color scheme
supplies a sprightly starting point for decking the halls, both here and abroad. In Sweden,
bright-red apples, ribbons, and candles; scarlet tulips; Swedish flags; Dala horses;
red-capped gnomes; ribbon-decked straw goats and straw hearts; snowflakes; and angels
are likely to adorn everything from tabletops to tannenbaums.
We reinterpreted these Scandinavian trims and created decorations with a fresh, up-to-
the-minute look and feel. You’ll love how these red and white fabrics, fringes, papers, and
ribbons spice up a conventional red and green Noel scheme. Take note of the natural wood
finishes and rustic straw embellishments—although neutral in hue, they really pop when
set against a backdrop of greenery.
Whether you’d like to add to your ornament collection or want to give a room an
entirely new holiday view, we’ve got you covered. From cross-stitched stockings and a
snowflake tablescape to straw wreaths and tree-motif pillows, you’ll find a smorgasbord of
ideas for keeping spirits and interiors extra bright during the upcoming season.
PRODUCED BY LORI HELLANDER PHOTOGRAPHED BY KIM CORNELISON WRITTEN BY ANN WILSON
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