Rustic Scandi Cottage Christmas Decorating Ideas Home Tour: cozy cottage and vintage pieces mix with Scandi natural elements for Christmas.
Welcome to my Christmas home tour for 2021 and Merry Christmas! This year my home is full of rustic Scandi cottage Christmas decorating ideas, with a little boho and pink thrown into the mix. I hope it gives you lots of fun ideas for your own home. I love decorating for Christmas, and this post is probably my favourite one of the year. So come on in and enjoy a look around.
I’m joining some of my favourite bloggers as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Home Tours. A special welcome to those coming from Rambling Renovators. Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post for all the tours. There will be new ones added all week long, full of great ideas and inspiration.
The Front Porch
We had a little snow over the weekend, and now it really feels like Christmas! I put together an arrangement of greens that I collected on a forest walk. The yarn covered sticks from last year are a fun addition -see how I made them here, along with some pretty stars.
Doormat and Wreath
I’m most excited about my door mat, and pretty Christmas wreath. You can find a full tutorial on how to make the moon shaped Christmas wreath here. I love the pom poms, mushrooms, and stars. They’re all little hints of what’s to come inside. And the Christmas doormat is a fun DIY. I was inspired by a beautiful Antropologie doormat with a red Santa and decided to try and create my own pink version with a inexpensive IKEA doormat. If you’re interested in how I made it, be sure to check out exactly what I did in my Instagram story highlights.
A sprinkling of snow, pretty lanterns, vintage skates, and some natural accents like birch logs and pinecones, set the stage for our rustic Scandi cottage Christmas decorating ideas and what’s to come inside.
The Dining Room
Our tour begins inside with the dining room, which is the first room you enter through the front door.
This little console table is always a favourite to decorate. This year I’ve used this vintage rustic old toolbox, and filled it with mini Christmas trees. I wanted to add a real cozy feel to my decor this Christmas, for all the rustic Scandi and cottage Christmas vibes. My color scheme this year is lots of whites and creams, natural wood, with some pink, and traditional greens. And just for fun, I’ve added in a few sprinkles of iridescent to the color palette. It goes so well with the pink, and adds a little of that holiday magic and whimsy we love.
I have some fun mirrored birds above the console table, and on top I’ve layered a bunch of fun garlands -a look I’ve repeated in several places this Christmas to make it feel cozy and festive. I’ve gone for a combination of raw wood, felt balls, and pom poms, with some pink and stars mixed in everywhere.
Bar Cart Holiday Decor
Next, over on the bar cart, we’ve got a little forest of Christmas trees to create our own mini winter wonderland. I brought in a real birch tree. It’s set in a little quick setting cement, and strung with fairy lights. And beside it is a real pine tree, also just decorated with Christmas lights this year. I’m lucky to live with the woods nearby and lots of places for winter walks. One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is to bring the outdoors in. Real trees can be messy, but there really is nothing like them to make it feel like Christmas!
This summer, at a little antique store I found these beautiful vintage pink champagne coupe glasses. There were only four, but they’ve become such a favourite and inspired the bar cart decor this Christmas. There are lots of little Christmas trees, and pretty glasses for sipping Christmas cheer over the holidays. I’ve added more of the layered garland, and a pretty cheers garland too.
Dining Room Table
I’ve kept things pretty simple on the dining room table this year. I’ve layered a knit table runner and a sheep skin to create a cozy feel here. On top of that is an antique wooden dough bowl filled with vintage Christmas decorations. These vintage Christmas ornaments are some of my very favourite Christmas decorations. I always have my eye out for them at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, and antique stores.
I’ve also added a beautiful white paper Christmas tree. I love the warmth and texture of these beautiful paper trees that I’ve used in a few different spots this year. And I’ve also added some little touches of vintage brass in a few spots, including a few candlestick holders here.
This little forest of mini trees and candles might just be my favourite spot this year. Getting these little trees out each year always gets me in the Christmas mood. I’ve used a combination of bottle brush trees, glass trees, wooden trees, and paper. I love mixing and matching. The key to it looking great together is to stick to a colour scheme. I used whites, creams, wood, pink, and iridescent for this grouping, and tried to include different textures, and heights.
Living Room Cottage Christmas Decorating Ideas
Headed into the living room, next we have this cute little rustic chippy white paint table. I’ve hung some cute little house shelves above it, that feel very Scandinavian. For the holiday season this small space is full of little mini treasures. I used a white shelf with lots of little cubby holes, and filled it with mini bottle brush Christmas trees, wooden ornaments, and pine cones. It’s the perfect little backdrop to more trees.
In front is one of my favorite Christmas decorations, a wood advent calendar. You start out with the little wood tree, and each day in December you add a different woodland animal to the scene. I love that it’s reusable year after year, and it could not be cuter.
Up on the house shelves, there’s a small collection of creamers, and they’re dressed up for the holidays with more mini bottle brush trees. And below there’s a beautiful vintage wicker basket and a stack of vintage wool blankets in creams and pinks. All these little bits add up to the cutest cottage style Christmas display.
On the stairs, I’ve kept things relatively simple. Because the stairs are open, I could drape them all in garland, but it feels a little overwhelming for my more simple Scandi cottage boho look. Instead I’ve played off the asymmetrical fireplace mantel beside them, and only decorated one side. I’ve added lots of cozy layers here again. I started with the macrame garland -see my DIY macrame bunting tutorial here to make your own. Layered on top is some pretty faux fir garland, and more pom poms, felt balls, raw wood, and star garland.
The fireplace mantel this year is decorated with lots more mini Christmas trees, and brass candlestick holders. Because it’s a corner fireplace I’ve created a backdrop for the scene with some faux falling snow. I used different sized pom poms from the craft store, and strung them together with some thread. They’re hung like a curtain, and such a fun addition that adds to the cozy feel I want this Christmas.
I’ve also hung more macrame garland, and a fun asymmetrical garland on top. I love the asymmetrical look of the fir garland, along with more layers of garland in front. And the white Christmas stockings were hung with care. You can read all about our asymmetrical fireplace mantel here.
Coffee Table Festive Decorating Ideas
The coffee table is always another favourite place to decorate for Christmas because it’s in the centre of the room where we spend so much time, so I always save some of my very favourite pieces for here. This year I’ve started with a large round log piece, and painted the top in a soft pink with craft paint. Here are some of my favourite little Christmas trees, a new white flocked one, a raw wood one, and a brass look one. They make the prettiest forest, and perfect setting for these little vintage deer. They were a gift from my sister a few years ago, and they’re perfect here curled up together in the snow. Add in a few candles, and twinkle lights and you have a the best Christmas display in the evening with all the lights out and the candles and lights twinkling.
On the couch I’ve created a cozy feel with lots of pretty pillows. I love a seasonal pillow like nobody else, and this new skier pillow is definitely my new favourite. It’s mixed with some cozy knit, velvet, and boho fringe for the perfect festive pillowscape.
Behind the couch we have a pass through to the kitchen. Lately I’ve been loving hanging things here for the different seasons -see my flower curtain here, and fall leaves here. For Christmas I wanted to add snow, and made the snowy curtain of pom poms for here that inspired the fireplace. I also added a bit of greenery, with some real pine clippings.
The Christmas Tree
I love a real tree for Christmas. There’s nothing like the smell, and look of a real tree. Even though it’s a bit messy, and you have to remember to water it, and when it’s time to remove it I always think to myself next year I’ll get an artificial, I just can’t seem to. It’s the one traditional decor thing I just can’t seem to quit. It reminds me of being a little girl and going to my Grandma’s farm in the snow with my family to get a tree each year.
I love a wild tree, untrimmed, imperfect, and sparse. A real farmhouse Christmas tree for me. It’s been referred to as a Charlie Brown tree -and this one is even a little more sparse than usual, but its imperfections kind of add to the beauty for me. I’ve decorated it with the most beautiful and delicate traditional vintage glass ornaments. They’re such sentimental ornaments for me. I remember my mom putting similar ones on the tree when I was a little girl and all us kids being told not stick our fingers into the centre and break them!
Next, I’ve also added in some glass iridescent Christmas tree decorations . They look so magical with the sun shining in, and at night with the fairy lights. I love the subtle mix of old and new together. I’ve topped the tree with a beautiful pink vintage tree topper, and for garland I used some delicate pom pom yarn, which ties in with the snowy curtains in the pass through and fireplace, and all the pom pom garlands around the house beautifully. To hold the tree, I love to use a vintage galvanized wash tub, with white tree skirt tucked in around the tree. I’ve added some faux fur sheep skin, and cozy throws, and a few presents that I’ve managed to get purchased and wrapped so far at the bottom of the tree.
Beside the tree is a favourite spot, This new Christmas tree throw blanket will be perfect for snuggling up under watching Christmas movies.
Cottage Christmas Decorating Ideas in the Kitchen
On the farm table in the kitchen, I’ve used this pretty tray to create a grouping of trees and candles. It’s perfect for containing some faux snow without it getting everywhere. I’ve also included a few mushrooms this Christmas, and this tray has a few of my favourites, sprinkled with iridescent snow.
This little cabinet area is always a favourite to decorate and this year I made this fun pink art work. I love how it feels vintage with the typography, and the pink colour. I ordered a colour engineer print, which is a really inexpensive option, and used some wood strips to hang it. I’ve layered in lots of pretty garland, to match the rest of the house over top of the poster.
Underneath, I used an old vintage portable desk that I love, and added in some of my favourite Santa mugs, these ones are not vintage, so they’re perfect for sipping hot chocolate all holiday season. Beside them is one of my favourite vintage Santas, and some tins that will soon be filled with Christmas treats.
The open shelves in the kitchen are another great spot to decorate. Ever since we swapped out our upper cabinets for these DIY open shelves -see how we made them here, I’ve loved changing up this area every season. On the shelves this years, there’s more of the same colour scheme from the rest of house, creamy white, pink, and some green. I’ve also added some of my favourite vintage decorations for the Christmas season here. It is always fun hunting for these at antique markets and thrift stores, and adding to the collection over the years. I think the Santa mugs are my favourite of all. The pom pom garland helps tie in with the pom poms in the pass through and living room.
Over on the other side of the kitchen, the pine and pom poms make for a pretty view from the sink. And I always like to decorate a little spot beside the sink with some favourites. Have you spotted the snowy mushrooms on the front door wreath, coffee table, kitchen table, and now repeated here again. These ones are in a pretty vintage pink tea cup and sprinkled with iridescent snow, surrounded by bottle brush trees. And on the other side of the sink, we’re ready to make a hot chocolate with marshmallows and sprinkles.
Thanks so much for joining me for this tour full of rustic Scandi cottage Christmas decorating ideas, it truly is probably my biggest and best post of the year, so I hope you’ve enjoyed it. The fun isn’t over, check out the next home in our Seasonal Simplicity tour over at Clean and Scentsible.
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