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Last year I visited Copenhagen during the holiday season. Already smitten with Danish furniture and lighting design, the trip cemented my obsession with Scandinavian style, especially in wintertime. Early sunsets make for long dark days, hence the practice of washing everything in white and light. Unlike Americans' obsessions with red, green, and gold. Nordic merrymakers stick to neutral palettes, with an abundance of sheepskin, tree branches, and candlelight.
This white paneled living room's contemporary sectional sofa is scattered with accent pillows aplenty, including styles with a bit of shimmer. Tree trunk coffee tables bring the outdoors in. Shopping guide: 1. Sonnet 6" Wide Winding Globe Chrome Pendant Light 2. Set of 2 Paillette Floral 18" Embroidered Throw Pillows 3. Simon Tree Stump White Table Lamp 4. Set of 3 Distressed White Rectangular Wood Trays 5. Knots Pastel 22" Square Hand-Made Accent Pillow 6. Reef Black 22" Square Hand-Made Accent Pillow
Swedish designer Yifa Skarp decorated for Christmas with charming paper trees atop the industrial-style coffee tables. The gray, textured throw blanket on the sofa seems to be sheepskin, and a cozy bedside lamp perched on the windowsill acts as an extra light source for dark days.
Shopping guide: 1. Draper Mid-Century Modern Desk Lamp 2. Gaucho Charcoal 18" Square Down Throw Pillow 3. Tobias Collection Gray Throw 4. Pinebrook Rectangular Rolling Table 5. Zuo Carnival White Modular Loveseat
An intimate wooden dining table and chairs hosts simple glasses, plates, and bowls. The rustic yet dramatic chandelier, made from antlers, is an outdoorsy touch, especially alongside the towering bare evergreen.
Shopping guide: 1. Cast Iron White Pinecone Stocking Holder 2. Big Sky Twelve Light Elk Antler Chandelier 3. Jane Seymour 22" Five Hydrangeas in Clay Pot 4. Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs
A wintry vignette in a hotel at Tivoli Gardens in downtown Copenhagen, shows off white flowers, pine tree garlands, wicker-covered hurricane lamps, and of course, a lush sheepskin throw. The candles will definitely cast a gorgeous glow against the rich woods. Can't get enough of this chic, neutral holiday decor? Head over to StyleCarrot for 22 more rooms with inspiring Scandinavian style.
Shopping guide: 1. Small Bach Antique White 23 1/4" High Wood Candlestick 2. Twig and Leaf Votive Candelabra Candle Holder 3. White Sheepskin Rug 4. Rojo 16 Snow White Large Glass Votive or Tea Light Holder 5. Bell Jar Terrarium III
Image credits: Norwegian photographer Sandra Aslaksen / via Emmas Designblogg, Kool and Kreativ, The Essence of the Good Life, StyleCarrot.
Marni Elyse Katz is a Boston-based writer and editor, and the blogger behind StyleCarrot. She began her career in the fashion closet of Rolling Stone before moving into the digital space, where she worked for both indie startups and biggies, like AOL. Today, Marni writes regularly for Boston Globe Magazine and other local publications, and is Features Editor at Design Milk. In addition to cultivating a serious Pinterest habit and Instagram addiction, Marni masquerades as an interior designer. She also collects art with her husband, including many nude drawings and paintings, to the dismay of their two easily embarrassed sons. Follow Marni on Google+
So scrumptious and chic!!!!
The Sonnet light is so cool!!