Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Over dinner the other night my friend, Henriette and I were talking about decorating for the holidays. She graciously agreed to do a guest post with some design and gift giving ideas inspired by her home country of Denmark. There are a few traditions like hanging paper hearts around Christmas that I was fascinated by (hope you are too!), so without further adieu, Henriette...
First of all, thank you Octavia & Brown for letting me visit your blog today! I’m heading back to my home country of Denmark next week to spend the holidays with my family. But before I go, I’ve culled together this list of scandi-inspired decorations and gift ideas that are sure to add a little Nordic flair to your home. “God Jul” as we say in Denmark!
Traditional Holiday “cone” to hang on tree 
Wooden Christmas decoration 

The heart paper cuttings at Christmas are a longstanding tradition, unique to Denmark originally inspired by fairytale author, Hans Christian Andersen. Growing up we used to make them every year to hang on our tree. They evoke memories of being a child and the love and excitement one would feel this time of year. 

Have a Scandinavian design loving person on your list to shop for this year? Getting your hands on many of these items doesn’t require jetting across the Atlantic, although any of the Scandinavian countries are well worth a visit, especially when it gets a little warmer. Here are a few gift ideas. Enjoy!



  1. what a cute input on the Scandinavian Christmas.
    If you want to make a heart paper cutting "julehjerte" yourself go to they offer templates for a wide variety of hearts. Fun to make with friends and family.

  2. Thanks for the link! That sounds like a very fun activity to do over the holidays.



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