Is it too early to mention *whispers* Christmas?

Well, not if my blog searches are anything to go by – the eager beavers amongst you have been looking for Christmas decoration ideas for weeks already, so now that November is upon us I reckon it’s finally acceptable to jump in and share a little festive inspiration once again.

But for those who are likely to be drawing a sharp intake of breath at the thought of tinsel and baubles when we still have 47 days to go until Christmas I’m hoping today’s house tour post is a nice gentle introduction for you.

Not a bauble in sight! This subtly sparkling Scandinavian schoolhouse (try saying that one after a couple of G&Ts) belongs to calligrapher Ylva Skarp. The building hadn’t been used for teaching since the 1940s and most recently it was a tin museum which Ylva remembers visiting as a child. The little graphic poster in the photo above is the last remaining trace of its former use.

The house couldn’t be more Swedish if it tried, with its big open plan rooms, grey and white walls and wooden floors, and Ylva’s kept it equally simple with her Christmas decorations. A few sprigs of spruce and flickering candles take the chill off and homemade decorations add a personal touch. I love the paper Christmas trees on the coffee table (instructions here) and I’m tempted to opt for a basic branch  instead of a real Christmas tree too this year.

Ylva’s love of calligraphy is evident throughout her home – this linen cupboard is painted with her favourite phrase “yes, but why not?” and the rugs, cushions and crockery are her designs too. Nordic Bliss sells a selection of Ylva Skarp prints and textiles in the UK.

{all Magdalena Björnsdotter for Lantliv}

Such minimal Christmas decorations aren’t going to feel festive to everyone… does this house say winter wonderland or bleak midwinter to you?

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  1. says

    I love Ylva. Not just because her home is beautiful and her products are fabulous but because she is such an inspiring person. I’m going to have to post these photos over at our blog as well over the weekend. Love this and it is fun to see some of her products that we sell in her own house.

    Bring on Christmas! I am sooo ready! :)

  2. says

    Thank you for sharing this! I’ve been seeing her lovely home all over pinterest and it’s wonderful to actually be able to hear the story behind them and your thoughts. I do love the minimal soft stated feel of Christmas.

  3. LaRae says

    I sure do love the letter ornaments and have been trying to figure out how you did them and what string you used. It would be nice to see a photo or video instructional video on these awesome word ornaments.

  4. Becky Kolemainen says

    HI, just stumbled upon your blog tonight. Admiring the beauty of your designs and words. What appear to be paper/string words, in fact… How did you create those? Would you mind explaining, please? What a fabulous idea to hang words of the Christmas season over the mantle. This year my mantel will be all white with hand cut out trees and white lights. (design in my head yet, but IKEA inspired). Thank you. Becky

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