Happy New Years Eve!

One of my favorite views...  

Wishing you a wonderful evening filled with fun, family and friends!  


Thank you for a wonderful year!

I cannot thank you all enough for a wonderful year here on the blog.  There are so many of you that have reached out to me via email and through the blog and I appriciate it all very very much!  I am looking foward to another wonderful year with high hopes and big dreams as always.

I hope you can join me as more adventure awaits- I am hoping to travel more this year and share my work with you more also.  

Wishing you the best!

Photobucket image by me- from a wonderful little place in Paris that I have yet to blog about!

Light bulb moment, New year's eve inspiration

So, New Years Eve tomorrow. Yaaay! I am heading off to see a great friend in the countryside which I'm so looking forward to. Are you having people over? If so, how about these festive ideas with lighting or stars. Simple but beautiful. The perfect way to bring in 2012....
Picture: Wikstein studio

Picture: Varpunen. Lights: Granit
The setting in the picture above was created by the wonderfully clever Norwegian blogger, Heidi, at FruFly. Visit FruFly for more inspiration for your New Years Eve table!

Thank you so much for reading my blog in 2011, you've made me super happy! I'll be back with a beautiful home to show you on 2nd January. Happy New year!

My Winter Table

This year we have had the chance to have a few gatherings around our table and I cannot wait to have more in the coming years.  I fell for a picture that I found of a table done in white and linen.  This is my loose imitation with my favorite thick linen napkins and some vintage pieces that we picked up this year.  I hope you are looking forward to the new year as much as I am!  

Bath time!

With all the frenzied christmas shopping, decorating, baking etc behind us what we all need now is a little R & R (relaxation & recuperation) before the new year. And, seriously, I'm voting for one of these baths with a roaring fire to keep me cosy.

Picture: Nu by Staff  Woman

Picture: Via Brown Dress with White Dots

Picture: Via From Moon to Moon
 Tomorrow I'll be back with a little inspiration for New Years Eve! Have a lovely day!

a little time outside..

I hope you have been enjoying the holidays and a little time to relax after everything!  We are having the most beautiful weather here so I have been trying to spend time outside in the sunshine doing a little reading and relaxing.  
I guess I need to stop all of that and get back to work... 

but for now it is books and plans for the new year!

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Oh Deery me!

Hejsan, hejsan! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas? I went home to London with my little family. We stayed near a park with lots of beautiful deer which inspired me for this post. No home would be complete this winter without a deer. I love these 'ideers'. Deery deery me, just lovely! Ok enough...(to many crackers?!).


In my house


Via Utop-ian (Pinterest)
I think a friendly faux deer will definitely be a new addition to my home this winter. Any tips on great places to hang him/her?

Oh and don't forget to enter the competition to win a wonderful picky pic picture for your children's room. You have several more days to enter here and it's sooo quick and easy- how about the deer one?!

Back in a little. Kram!

Simply grey in the kitchen

Simply grey wonderfulness in the kitchen.  I love that this kitchen has so much personality.  I am totally looking to incorporate some of that great texture in mine!
image via pinterest from here

Grey Library..

Oh my goodness can you imagine the hours you could spend here, just reading and browsing..
I think there should be an extremely comfortable lounge some where just across from this to use as needed!

image via pinterest

Merry Christmas!

image via pinterest

Wishing you ...

A simply wonderful Christmas eve!  Please take a little time to relax and enjoy!
image via atlanta homes and lifestyles


Setting the Christmas table...

Are you hosting a Christmas dinner?  I am having family over for Christmas eve.. I have been thinking of a different way to set the table..  candles and white and linen is what I am thinking.
Similar to these pictures...

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas eve eve as we call it here!

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you have a wonderful, toasty, Christmas!

Picture: Via Castles, Crowns and Cottages

I'll be back with a post on 28th December so pop by and say hi!

PS Don't forget, to enter the competition to win a Pick pic picture. You can enter until 31st December here!

Christmas hugs! 

Merry Merry

I can't believe Christmas is almost here!!!

{our Christmas tree...  my mom has given me an ornament every year of my life
& now I have a treefull!  ...thanks ma!}

.....And I swear I'm not 200 years old.. I've also been given many others & bought some myself over the years ;)

 We finished up the work year with a condo installation today and are now totally ready to veg.   Tomorrow is our last-minute shopping day & I'm also hoping for some downtime reading & cuddling by the tree (if at all possible) before the holiday rush of parties.   I'm off for the night, but: a very merry holiday - whichever it is you're celebrating!!- to you & yours!!!
Big hug.

xoxo, Lauren

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Dark dining...

I know it's almost Christmas and this is in no way a wish list or a Christmas decorating post...  but I liked it...
The windows and chandelier are to die for!

image via pinterest

Win a fab Swedish Picky pic picture for your wall!

The incredibly creative and generous girls at Picky pic have offered one lovely reader a picture from their exciting Picky pic children's picture collection. See below for simple instructions on how to enter.

To enter simply:
- Hop over to the Picky pic website and take a look through the picture collection (for non-swedes click here, here and here to see the picture collection).
- Leave a comment below telling us which picture you would most like to win and why!
- Enter by midnight (GMT+1) 31st December 2011
- Make sure you leave a way for us to contact you (e-mail, Facebook or Twitter)
- I'll announce the winner here on My Scandinavian Home on Tuesday, 3rd January!

Good luck!

PS Competition sponsored by Picky pic
-  T The frame is not included, but the RIBBA frame from IKEA fits the picture perfectly as shown in the pictures above.

Wintery Christmas detail

Brrrr! Picture: via Mud Puddle
This afternoon I love these 'wintery Christmas home' images . Simple yet beautiful. 
Lokal 54
Lokal 54
Lokal 54
Les Fifoles

Pictures: Lokal 54
Hey...who ate that Christmas tree?!

Tomorrow I'll be launching an exciting Christmas competition for all my lovely readers. Pop by to find out more and enter (after all everyone needs something new for the home to bring in the new year!).


Blogger Secret Santa: Who are you???!!

This year I'm in a Secret Santa exchange with some blogger friends -arranged by Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone- and I have NO IDEA who my {AWESOME} Secret Santa is!!!

Here is the list of possible culprits:

My Santa seems to know me so well!!  (Or maybe I'm really obvious to figure out????  hahaha)  But, really, when my first package arrived I was thrilled.  She's the best.  It was an itunes gift card (yipeeeeeeee-  I love to dance in the kitchen - or anywhere- to new music) and the most adorable little box of GREEN notecards.:

They'll stay in my kitchen where I'm always scrounging around for a piece of paper for grocery lists or notes.   (It's so funny but I can't believe how having this little box of pretty note paper has made life easier for me...  I know it should be common sense to keep paper in the kitchen but I never wanted to because I never had any that was pretty enough to keep out.  All the rest always felt like clutter.  So no more running around through the house looking for scrap paper to make lists for me!!)

Anyway, I was all happy thinking that was it.  But THEN, another package arrived.  ( !!! ) I tore open the package like a six year-old....  (getting gifts in the mail is awesome.) It was a beautiful Stella & Dot box...

{I'm using stella & dot as a clue...  I know some of those Santa culprits above are stella & dot ladies so I'm narrowing down my guessing pool.}

And this is what was inside:

{Seriously Santa???  You are amazing!!!  I LOVE YOU!!}

How did she know??!!  It's perfect and with green being my favorite color, I am going to wear this baby all the time.  (It is more green in person than in the pic if that didn't make sense ;)  It's so beautiful and (maybe it's the pregnancy hormones) but it made me a teensy bit teary.  Santa, thank you for being so generous & thoughtful. 

So...  now that you have seen the list of Secret Santas,  any guesses as to who sent me my package?  Also, I sent a little Santa package myself over to one of those Santas...  You can click these posts below to see the other gifts & make guesses.  If you follow the link to Brooklyn Limestone, you can also enter a contest with your guesses.  Have fun & I would really love some help as to who you think sent me mine so be sure to enter a guess in the comments section!! :)

Thank you again to my Secret Santa.

xoxo, Lauren

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Vintage Urns

I have this deep love for vintage urns, I was browsing through the new container images from the boys at Atelier de Campagne and I am loving all of these..  Pairs of them make my heart skip a beat! 

Can you imagine them flanking a door or on the mantle?  Just so perfect to add that little bit of something with some great live plants added in.

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