Growing up with a Swedish heritage, I’ve always been drawn to the beauty of natural, simple and understated decor. When it comes to the holidays, there seems to be even more of an opportunity to achieve this with forged and handmade items being the base of your styling.
We were so blessed to have recently collaborated with Becki Griffin of Curious Details and Kerry Kirk of Kerry Kirk Photo for a fun “Swedish style” holiday shoot that brought a little piece of my family history to The Vintage Round Top.
To achieve this look at the cottages, shopping for supplies involved taking a walk outside, visiting our local craft stores, and pulling from our own Christmas boxes in the attic. We found lovely cedar branches right outside No. 1450’s door that fit perfectly into vintage glass that we then adorned with small mercury glass ornaments. Becki brought a large pine branch that had fallen to lay on top of the hutch and I made a small wreath by wrapping rosemary around a metal embroidery loop.
Grouping natural elements together in a vintage crate can be an easy way to make a large impact. We used basic greenery, large pine cones and a set of birch logs inside ours. The large logs seen inside the fireplace belonged to my father who passed away almost sixteen years ago. I bring them out every so often as a way to remember him by and encourage you to add pieces of your heritage into your holiday decor as well.
We opted to keep the tabletop Christmas tree bare except for a few family heirloom ornaments and used a galvanized bucket as our tree stand.
In keeping the neutral trend, use butcher paper wrappings in beige and white for presents and incorporate vintage ribbons, fresh greenery and metals to adorn the gift as a thoughtful touch.
We love the wonderful texture that is achieved by layering Becki’s paper stars in vignettes around the house. Make it your own by skipping the urge to hang these items; they can be sitting in groups propped up for a stunning visual affect.
So, to sum it up - our fav holiday go to’s are fresh greenery, dried pine cones and garland, neutral paper goods and vintage ribbons, and heirlooms that bring back memories! Don’t be afraid to take these tips and make the look unique to you, because when it comes to holiday decorating — there are no rules!
We can’t wait to see how you make this style your own. Be sure to tag us on Instagram sharing your #rvtswedishstyle @thevintageroundtop - and stop back by the blog on Monday when we’ll be sharing a tutorial on one of the props used in our styled shoot!