Christmas – Scandinavian or Retro?

I have to be honest and say, although this is my first festive period in Texas and the shops are full with so much choice, my Christmas decor this year is very simple. That good old Scandinavian Christmas style is a popular choice for many. Lets face it, nobody does it better – their pared back, simplistic style; the abundance of white, natural materials, beautiful candles and sheepskins scattered everywhere is always so appealing. Decorations are kept simple with bunches of evergreen, twig decorations and other natural elements. Perfect! My decor is simple; a real Christmas tree, some white lights, a few illuminated stars, candles, cones and evergreen….simple.


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My lounge – simple Christmas decor.

Christmas time is a great chance to get creative with the children so this year inspired by some Swedish images I love, I took to fiddling around with some clay. Simple use of star-shaped cookie cutters can make sweet little festive ornaments, hung on the wall, on the tree or made in to a garland. I made little grey candles holders, star garlands and some chunky beads to add my crosses and stars to. When dry I used pale grey or white acrylic paint and also chalkboard paint to get a matt black finish. Its easy to make little stars from twigs bound with string and painted white and they look nice hanging in the window.

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Little clay decorations



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I painted one of the clay stars matt black, attached it to a string of wooden beads and draped it over a little painted white stags head.


I love candles anytime of year and this year I have stored them in little containers. Household candles are cheap to buy. I also found these cute little Hanukkah candles.

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You can never have enough candles at Christmas. Store and display them in vintage wire baskets, industrial tins and knitted pouches.

Although I love Christmas this simple, I do admit to a twinge of guilt  when the children ask (and get refused) to drape the blue tinsel that they found at the bottom of the box around the room. This year got me thinking – surely that’s what Christmas is all about isn’t it? Tacky, shiny, bright, colourful? Isn’t that part of the magic for children? I do admit I wrestle with this a little bit. So, I gave the children a tree in their playroom to decorate in any which gawdy way they pleased  and I even succumbed to buying them a little ceramic village, complete with little warmly lit houses, a church, Santas workshop, fake snow, people and animals. Redeemed!

This got me thinking how, next year, I could combine my preferred Christmas style with a more retro and fun style of decor for the children. I got loads of great ideas from Pearl and Earl, who are hip UK designers specialising in art, crafts and decorations. They have successfully put a modern twist on the retro designs we remember as children.They make a gorgeous range of paper luxe tissue Honeycomb Bells (remember them?), Christmas trees, snowflakes and baubles and they come in all colours including white, a really nice pale grey and even metallics. I have put together a selection below which would look great put together with Scandinavian style. Just click and take a look at their range which also includes retro style garlands, paper chains and streamers.

Pom Pom & Twiddle have an equally gorgeous range in all colours that would look fun all year round. Take a look at their site – I think the children would find these much more  fun don’t you?




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Pearl and Earl and PomPom & Twiddle make these gorgeous paper luxe decorations


That’s it from me…..Second blog post and I’m really enjoying it.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



All styling, photography and artwork by Tina Hunt 




P.S. Please Santa will you put these books in my stocking.


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