Here is my dining room hallway in the mood for Christmas and ready for it's Country Living magazine close-up! That's right...Country Living was here last winter and decked the halls with me. You can see the results in this months December issue. Amid a flurry of wheat sheaves and pine boughs stylist Karen Lidbeck-Brent and her sister arrived one cold winter morning. Lots of baking, trimming and sharing of our favorite Swedish Christmas traditions took place in preparation for the arrival the next day of the magazine's Style & Market Director Natalie Warady, photographer Lisa Hubbard and their crew.
There is nothing more evocative of winter to me then fir garland hung against antique wood panelling (as in this photo of the front hall stairwell). The giant star in the picture is made from wheat stalks and ribbon. This is easy for kids to make and the stars look great hung outside on trees or in windows. Karen rested the star on an open 19th c. Lappland Dowery trunk that I use to keep my most precious holiday ornaments and mementos.
Here is the breakfast room of the kitchen laid out for Christmas Eve breakfast. The wheat stalks in hurricanes would look equally dramatic on a very modern dining table, don't you think? I wish I had a close up of the center of the table to show you the giant candle surrounded by crab apples on a massive Swedish wooden berry sorter.
The chairs around my kitchen table are called Draken chairs from our Eleish van Breems reproduction line of furniture. All made in Sweden, the furniture we carry arrives raw and is painted in our workshop to clients specifications. We offer a huge range of colors and finishes and most of our work is custom - meaning we will match colors exactly to upholstery, paint chips etc. and do custom finishes. For my own kitchen I chose to have these Draken chairs done in a deep blue green with Elmo leather upholstered seats.
My only regret about the photo shoot is that we did not bring in a real Swedish trestle table.We carry many wonderful antique Swedish trestle tables such as the one pictured above. They make super kitchen tables as well as worktables for offices.
Wooden farm containers and bowls filled with greens, ornaments and pine cones are displayed on a Finnish kettle cabinet in this holiday card vignette. The empty frame idea is something children love and you can set up these "holiday frames" to have in their own rooms to decorate
We have always used copper vessels of all shapes and sizes at Eleish van Breems http://www.evbantiques.com/ for seasonal arrangements and in fact, they've become something of our signature. These wonderful Swedish copper pieces will always be my favorite forms of planter as they add a warm glow to a room, offsetting the flowers they hold so complementarily.
The antique Swedish copper foot bath pictured above needs only to be lined with a plastic sheeting and filled with pots of amaryllis or narcissus bulbs to make a full holiday centerpiece. Rhonda and I like to "finish " off the copper containers with either stones or moss nestled into the base of the plants.
Taking out the giant cookie cutters, variously shaped as reindeer, stars, snowflakes and
All photos of Edie's house in this post are by: Lisa Hubbard