a few weeks ago, as the christmas spirit was beginning to bubble up in me, i created a post that showcased my obsession with having a nordic-inspired holiday theme. you can see all of my inspiration photos in >>> this post or on my pinterest board >>> here. i believed that having a nordic theme would be a way to honor celebrating christmas in sweden again, after two years of being in the states. plus, it felt right. like matching how i feel inside. a little moody. a little dark. but, very simple and calm at the same time.

it turns out that my love had the same feelings about christmas decorating this year. so, we decided to go for it. we would find inspiration + create our own simplistic, minimalist holiday feeling in our home. and it actually makes perfect sense because we live in a tiny apartment, so choosing a clean, minimalist theme works practically as well.  so this all feels good. a balance of practicality + simplicity.

ok. enough chit chat. here’s how it looks in our little holiday home:

first up were the advent stars in the windows. they came from a funky store in asheville and it feels amazing to have them hanging in our home here in sweden.

star advent window

kitchen christmas

and then… we got a fake tree. yep. true story. i can’t believe we did that. neither of us have ever wanted a fake one. but, this one at ikea was just soooooo perfect for our minimalist theme. simple. and, hey, we saved a tree. right? we will not use it every year, but this year, i cannot stress how much we needed to just focus on simplicity. turns out, we really do love our tree this year. it was definitely the right  decision. two thumbs up for it.
christmas tree fake
christmas tree fake
christmas decorations window
christmas decorations window
the advent wreath was next. a very important part of our holiday tradition. candles, moss, pine cones. a little nature and light and inspiration from the fête magazine for our coffee table.

then, we decorated the windows. more candles. a tiny tree from here, and some bare branches from our backyard.

christmas decorations window

christmas decorations window

christmas decorations

and for our piano, a little vignette made of (yes) candles, more pine cones from the tree beside our building, and an amazing reindeer that we brought with us from the states. (similar reindeer here. ours is not produced anymore). of course, we have the notes to a christmas song and a real vintage bing crosby album displayed. because, what is better than christmas music?! and if you’re like me, bing is the classic christmas voice.

christmas decorations

christmas decorations

we eventually put a few more decorations on our tree, wrapped a gray tree skirt around it, and finished it off with our asheville star on top. i think we are both absolutely loving our cozy, calm, simple, nordic holiday look.
living room christmas

christmas tree

i have to say that this is the first time that i’ve done such a scaled back holiday theme. and who knows what it will be like next year?! but, as we bring 2015 to a close, a non-commercial, charlie brown, nordic christmas was totally the way to go.

so, what does your home look like during the holidays? do you go all out, or keep it simple? how are you feeling about the holidays this year, and does your decorating seem to reflect your feelings/mood? do share!!

advent blessings + happy weekend, lovelies! xoxo