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Scandinavian Christmas Decorations & Holiday Quotes is so close to my heart. It reflects the sort of Swedish Christmas feels I grew up with since my parents always made our holiday home feel like a Scandinavian wonderland. Dala horses, oranges studded with cloves, straw ornaments, Carl Larsson artwork, and stacks of Swedish pancakes.

Dried orange garland on a Christmas tree. Floral designer Michael Putnam reimagined holiday décor with fresh blooms and artful twists on traditional topiaries, garlands, and wreaths within this 18th-century New York farmhouse - Veranda. #christmasdecor #christmastrees #scandinavian
Design: Michael Putnam for Veranda

Scandinavian Christmas Decorations, Quotes & Citrus Garlands

The fragrance of orange strikes me as the scent of pure love likely because at Christmastime, oranges played a starring role in the decor. I still love the scent in combination with cloves.

Funny quote with humor: If your mom doesn't have an old gift bag filled with other old gift bags, is she even a mom? #funnyquote #holidays #humor #momhumor #quotes

Have you ever dried orange slices to make a garland?

Dried orange garland on Christmas tree is nostalgic, simple, and classic - Twelve on Main. #swedishchristmas #christmastrees #scandichristmas
Twelve on Main – Scandinavian Christmas Decorations as well as Citrus Garlands for a God Jul!

Perhaps you’ll be inspired after seeing the citrus glory ahead!

Christmas quote from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas movie. #holidayquotes #moviequotes #christmasquotes

And don’t forget apples!

Sweet Nordic Holiday Mood

White Nordic Christmas Spare Simplicity

The older I get, seeing any pet’s nose against the pane pulls on my heartstrings and engages my tear ducts. Oh the lovely!

Great Pyrenees gazing out window of beautiful vintage white Nordic French cottage by My Petite Maison. #swedishchristmas #scandistyle #frenchnordic
My Petite Maison…hello serene indeed.

This next rustic Nordic Christmas moment brings to mind a cabin in the north woods, a mountain lodge, a forest hideaway with fires to warm stockinged feet.

Dried oranges on a Christmas tree in a rustic stone cabin or mountain lodge - Country Living. #countrychristmas #mountainchristmas #scandichristmas #driedcitrus #garlands #countrychristmas
Photo: Virginia McDonald – Country Living – Scandinavian Christmas Decorations as well as Citrus Garlands for a God Jul!

Lord have mercy, don’t we all try to make it the hap hap happiest? Sometimes we even succeed.

Funny holiday quote from Christmas Vacation Movie - Chevy Chase. #funnyquotes #moviequotes #christmasmovies

Swedish Goat With Vintage Ribbon on My Porch

Still not at all known for my holiday decor (ahem…it’s hard for a stylist who appreciates restraint), I did take the time to wrap vintage embroidered Swedish ribbon ’round a goat.

Swedish straw goat and holiday decor at my front door - Hello Lovely Studio.

Citrus Peel Appealing Messages

CONFESSION: I did try my hand at cutting letters from citrus peel last year, and obviously I need more practice and no photos were snapped, ChristmasCats.

Clementine Christmas Garland - A Daily Something. #garlands #christmasdecor #driedcitrus #swedishchristmas
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Turns out, I am better at singing my Christmas cheer than crafting it.

Funny Christmas quote from Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell). #holidays #christmas #quote #humor #funnyquote

Still…this area could definitely use a citrus peel garland!

My Christmas kitchen with Scandinavian style and a fresh wreath over farm sink - Hello Lovely Studio. #swedishchristmas
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Citrus + Magnolia + Greenery

Does it get more classy than this Christmas door wreath?

Dried oranges in a Christmas swag on door with greenery and pinecones - Country Living. #christmasdecor #handmadedecor #greenery #driedoranges
Photo: Brian Woodcock – Country Living – Scandi Holiday Decorating Ideas as well as Shopping Resources for Lovely Nordic Finds!

We should never shy away from a holiday DIY just because we think the result will be less than perfect or pinworthy. After all, getting out of your head to create beauty for an hour or two is good medicine.

Charlie Brown Christmas movie quote about ugly tree on Hello Lovely. #charliebrownquotes #christmasquotes

Pom pom garland? Check. Fresh greenery? Boom. Citrus garland and bells? Mantel bliss ahead.

Citrus garland on a fireplace for a rustic farmhouse Christmas look from House of Jade Interiors. #citrusgarland #christmasdecor #swedishchristmas #handmadechristmas
House of Jade Interiors…hello lovely Christmas indeed.

Should you need a bell garland of your own, check out THESE LOVELIES.

My Childhood Christmas in a Bowl!

Sometimes just one image will stop you in your tracks and even serve as a time machine taking you back to a simpler age.

Oranges studded with cloves - Christmas pomander inspiration from Trendenser Sweden. #scandinavianchristmas #homemadechristmas #christmasdecor #oranges
Photo: Frida Ramstedt – Trendenser – Scandi Holiday Decorating Ideas as well as Shopping Resources for Lovely Nordic Finds!

Dried Citrus Garland

Here’s my favorite tutorial for making a beautiful dried citrus garland:

Dried citrus garland from HonestlyWTF. #holidaydecor #christmasdecor #DIY #christmascraft #crafts
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Holiday inspirational quote for Christmas time on Hello Lovely Studio. #holidayquote #christmasquote #quotes

For the first half of my life, I think I worked feverishly to BE the candle rather than reflect it. I truly didn’t understand rest and reflection. Chronic illness, failures, humiliations, setbacks, and suffering taught me about stillness and flow and becoming permeable.

Cinnamon and Valencia Orange

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Fireside Cinnamon Scented Pillar Candle
Fireside Pillar Candle…certainly lovely indeed.

Have you ever tried making a candle with stuff in it like cinnamon sticks? How did it turn out?

Skip the DIY and Happily Buy

Holiday Magnolia Wreath
Holiday Magnolia Wreath – Beautiful Nordic Holiday and French Nordic Christmas Ideas in case you Love Simple and Natural Inspiration.

I am guessing my critters outside with have a heyday if I began to tuck fruit into my wreath!

Gold Wreath Hook
Gold Wreath Hook – Beautiful Nordic Holiday and French Nordic Christmas Ideas in case you Love Simple and Natural Inspiration.
Quince & Cinnamon Stick Wreath
Quince and Cinnamon Stick Wreath…in case you love everlasting wreaths.

Clever Christmas Cookie Idea

Who is rushing out to the thrift store or their basement to find a heavy vintage etched patterned tumbler?

Rolled Swedish cookies stamped with the bottom of a heavy glass - Trendenser Sweden.
Trendenser – Beautiful Nordic Holiday and French Nordic Christmas Ideas in case you Love Simple and Natural Inspiration.
Nyakers Pepperkakor ginger heart shaped Swedish cookies in Carl Larsson collectible round tin. #swedishcookies
Swedish Ginger Cookies – Beautiful Nordic Holiday and French Nordic Christmas Ideas in case you Love Simple and Natural Inspiration.

Don’t underestimate Swedish pepparkakor cookies (a tin of them makes such a lovely gift!). Whip up some buttercream and decorate them. No one has to know you didn’t bake them yourself. 🙂

Whimsical Swedish Gnomes & Tomte

Bet you have been seeing plenty of these around town in recent years…

Handmade Swedish gnome or tomte figure.
Handmade Swedish Tomte Gnome…in case you admire Nordic tradition.

Scandi Style Christmas Wreath

I bought this pre-lit wreath below, and if you’re looking for a larger piece to make a statement but with relative simplicity for which the Scandinavians are adept, this is it. It also comes in a smaller version for $20…not too shabby for a prelit Scandi wreath.

Prelit Joy Wreath - Emily Henderson and Target.
35″ LED Joy Wreath…certainly darling for Christmas decorating indeed.

Swedish Holiday Kitchen

This next moment makes me wanna grab my shaker of powdered sugar (yes, chef, I do have one in the pantry) and get shake-a-lakin.

Swedish holiday desserts for Christmas including orange slice garland and a rustic tablescape - Jultiderna #swedishchristmas #scandiholiday
via Jultiderna

I keep forgetting about Hanna Andersson. I mean, how many years did her beautifully unique catalog arrive in my mail?

Gnome Sweet Gnome Socks…in case you love Swedish quality!
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Dear Deer Hanna Andersson Pajamas…hello lovely indeed.
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Dr. Seuss Grinch Hanna Andersson Pajamas…in case you love Cindy Lu Hoo.

I bought this sweet plaid welcome mat for my sister last year, and I can’t wait to see her use it this year.

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Pajama Pants – Grinch/Cindy Lou-Who

Swedish Red on a Farmhouse

A red farmhouse in the snow…sigh!

Swedish Christmas decor inspiration from Sara Sjoblom's farmhouse in Sweden in Skona Hem. #christmasdecor #swedishchristmas #swedishfarmhouse #scandinavianchristmas
Sara Sjöblom’s historic Swedish farmhouse/Photo: Jonas Lundberg/Lantliv – Skona Hem
Funny Christmas quote from Christmas Vacation movie - Chevy Chase. #christmasquotes #christmasmovies #holidayhumor

Simple Scandi Christmas Tree Ornaments

If all you do this year is throw these stars on the tree with some twinkling white lights, I bet it will be lovely.

Birch Star Ornaments
Birch Star Ornaments– organic and natural indeed.

This totally reminds me of a piece that would be in a Scandi interior or the North Pole:

Esters Wood Arm Chair Sherpa White - Project 62™
Esters Wood Arm Chair Sherpa White…in case you love Sherpa!

Nordic White Holiday Simplicity

One image, so much inspiration!

Swedish Christmas decor inspiration in Sara Sjöblom's Swedish farmhouse kitchen - Skona Hem. #swedishchristmas #swedishfarmhouse #swedishkitchen #christmasdecor
Sara Sjöblom’s historic Swedish farmhouse/Photo: Jonas Lundberg/Lantliv – Skona Hem
Perfect Pair: Linden Dining Table + Mabry Chair & PB Comfort Roll Slipcovered Armchair
Linden Dining Table, Mabry Chair & PB Comfort Roll Slipcovered Armchair, Pottery Barn
Perfect Pair: Linden Dining Table + Mabry Chair & PB Comfort Roll Slipcovered Armchair

Handpainted Swedish Designs

We kids grew up with dala horses so they feel part of our family culture.

Elf movie quote for Christmas. #christmasquotes #elfquotes #christmashumor

Must remember to try putting a little tree in an old crock or earthenware…it’s such a winning combo.

And so is a tree glowing with candlelight!

Minimal & Natural Scandi Christmas Tree

Christmas Vacation movie quote for holiday humor - Chevy Chase. #holidayhumor #christmasvacation #moviequotes

Swedish Clogs & Bold Boho Scandi Style

Did you ever think clogs would be fashionable again?

While these next pom wreaths may no longer be available, maybe they will inspire you to get busy with a 1970s feeling crafty DIY.

For the Pom Pom Lovin’ Squad

French Nordic Christmas Inspo

Joy Laforme Christmas Merry Merry Wreath Tray - Deny Designs - image 1 of 4
Merry Christmas Tray – a friendly priced holiday tray in case you’re in the market.
Frosty the Snowman movie quote about the snow on Hello Lovely. #holidayquotes #christmasquotes #snowquotes
Charming shabby chic white pom pom Christmas wreath with red and white grainsack ribbon -Dreamy Whites. #pompomwreath #christmaswreath #frenchchristmas
Dreamy Whites Atelier

Wondrous Wooden Scandi Snowflakes

Scented Candles With a Favorite Swedish Spice

Next to orange, cardamom is one of my favorite scents and TRULY brings back my childhood, the 70s and my Swedish friends and family.

I predict this will sell out immediately – if there is one holiday decor item I am asked about from my home, it’s my bells shaped like this. Give it purpose as a candle? Genius!

Gold Christmas bell candle to benefit St. Jude's - Pottery Barn.
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Swedish Lucia Saffron Buns

Treat yourself to the most darling tutorial and recipe from Green Kitchen Stories!

Swedish Saffron Buns from Green Kitchen Stories.
Swedish Saffron Buns – Green Kitchen Stories
The Holiday movie quote for Christmas Eve on Hello Lovely. #christmasevequotes #christmasquotes #theholiday

Budget Friendly Decor Buys

Looks like a couple of these finds went up to $25 (pillows and ornament storage) since last year, but most are the same price…

You’re in the right place for even more Nordic holiday loveliness…see these:

Nordic + Green and White

Romantic Nordic French Cottage

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-michele

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12 Comments

  1. Margie Mortensen
    October 15, 2020 / 8:08 am

    Nothing like Scandinavian treats at Christmas! A great post – bringing back memories of growing up in Wisconsin!
    Margie Mortensen

    • Michele
      Author
      October 15, 2020 / 1:07 pm

      Exactly! We live a stone’s throw from wonderful Wisconsin and all that cheese! Thanks for adding to the beauty here.

  2. October 15, 2020 / 9:07 am

    I love the Swedish simplicity in decorating! Thanks for bringing joy to me this morning! XO

    • Michele
      Author
      October 15, 2020 / 1:06 pm

      Me too – it has such soul and simplicity and elegance in its restraint. Thanks for adding to the beauty here, Holly. I can’t get enough of seeing your work as you post it, and there’s something extraordinary about seeing your pieces right when they are finished and offered in real time. I would love to see shots of unfinished work too – that would be a treat! 🙂

  3. Sue
    October 15, 2020 / 10:46 am

    Hello, I love all of your posts. I love your clean, classic style. Lately I have been looking at some of your older posts on Pinterest. I recently downsized to an older mobile home after cancer surgery. The trailer is very dated with laminate and pretty awful carpet, but, for right now, it is home. I have limited energy and a very limited budget. You mentioned painting laminate counter tops and cabinets. I would love your ideas for a budget renovation. I so admire what you do. Any suggestions? Maybe you have done this and I missed it! Thank you.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 15, 2020 / 1:02 pm

      Thank you so much for spending time on my site and appreciating the inspiration! I want to beam myself to your home this second to sip cider and chat about your cancer journey and the decor possibilities. Limited energy and budget are no problem if you like my style. 🙂 Yep, I’m frugal and have painted laminate cabinets. My photos are horrible because there is no natural light and I have a sparkly ceiling light in our little laundry area, but I painted those vinyl cabinets with ordinary Behr paint (satin finish). They look like wood now. That post is here: https://www.hellolovelystudio.com/2019/09/before-after-diy-laundry-room-simple-makeover.html

      If you don’t hate the color of your laminate counters, you may be surprised at how tweaks and decor improvements elsewhere will make you forget they are not marble. I can say this with confidence because I made the decision to NOT replace the beige laminate counters in our latest condo reno for our son (it’ll be on the blog prob next week!). Instead, I painted the cabinetry in a dramatic color, installed a rich looking tile backsplash that was very inexpensive, and added affordable good looking hardware to the cabinets. Wait til you see the transformation and how leaving the laminate since it was in perfect condition worked fine. It’s not fancy or in any way luxurious, but it is lovely and just right for him. I’ll be sharing links to resources and what we spent in total.

      If you DO want to replace the counters – don’t rule out butcher block/wood options from Ikea and Home Depot. Keep me posted, and feel free to pose more questions anytime. 🙂

      • Sue
        October 17, 2020 / 7:44 am

        Oh, my goodness! That is so much more than I expected! I am so impressed! I have to go slowly, but I know I can do it. It is even more important now that I am spending so much time at home. Even though I am so challenged, I am grateful to have this small space with a tiny porch and my sweet butterfly garden. I can spend time with my kitty and a cup of tea! Thank you for all that you do — stay safe!

        • Michele
          Author
          October 17, 2020 / 11:55 am

          So happy to help – give that kitty a rub from me and have a lovely weekend, friend.

  4. Liza
    November 8, 2020 / 1:50 am

    We say God Jul (Good/Merry Yule/Christmas) actually 😉
    Nice inspiration though. We love using oranges with black carnation thorns stuck inside, tied with red ribbon.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Michele
      Author
      November 8, 2020 / 8:09 pm

      Hahaha – I’ll correct it! I’m sure my post titles seem nutty much of the time whether it’s Swedish or English – it’s all about pleasing google so my post gets shown. (Or maybe I was sipping cider while blogging.) God Jul!

  5. Wer ruft An
    December 4, 2020 / 1:47 am

    Amazing, just amazing ideas! So romantic Christmas!

    • Michele
      Author
      December 4, 2020 / 2:51 pm

      Yes indeed! Thanks for reading.

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