Although I am a day late for the finale of Gothidays
(I am still having a little bit of a hard time right now)
today I am inviting you all over to our house for Jul!
I don't know what one would call my interior style,
but I describe it as a mish mash between vintage, Indian/ Moroccan,
country romantic and bohemian gypsy. With purple as the red thread ;)
The adventsljusstake is a very Swedish thing.
Every Sunday of the four leading up to Christmas we light a candle.
Today is the second of advent, so we light two of them.
Some years I just light them all on the first Sunday,
but then the countdown to Christmas just isn't the same, isn't as visible.
In Sweden we decorate our windows with (electrical) candelabras or stars.
And outside the window you can see the nasty sleet we got today...
Over the dining room table we have a chandelier with a wreath of black beads.
I change out the rest of the decorations with the season,
and right now it has a peony string of light, baubles and decoupage hearts.
The little black edge of fur you might spot on the couch to the right
is my silly little boy, the one who gave us all heart burn last week.
He was happily snoozing away while I was putting up the last of the decorations.
I took a few more pictures of the living room,
where you can actually see more than just the tree.
The shiny table is a thrift shop find I made a few years ago.
The tray is brass with copper and silver details,
and the wooden legs have bone or stone (?) inlays.
The inscription on the tray is Arabic and goes something like:
"If you shine this you will keep the doctor away".
Pretty funny, right?
The sofa and chairs are, like I mentioned earlier, in a blood velvet from the 40's
and were almost completely unused when I bought them a few years ago.
They had been sitting in a parlor that was off limits for some reason,
and they don't have a scratch or a stain on them. I love them!
Though they aren't very comfortable,
and they cause Cinnamon man's allergies to flare up...
I concentrate my decoration efforts on the downstairs,
but walking up the stairs there's a ledge shooting out on the left side,
which is too narrow to really fit anything except a lamp - and my shoes.
I just had to show you the effect of the purple lights in the red vase :)
As promised, here's my Christmas GIVEAWAY!
These are rustic felt Christmas stockings that I made a few years ago.
One red with a green seam, and one purple with a teal seam.
But since we don't do the stocking thing in Sweden, they were never used.
I'm hoping someone else out there can get some use out of them
- and maybe add their own name and/or frills to them!
To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post,
and be sure to link back to a blog or email address!
I will draw and contact the winner one week from now.
Good luck and God Jul!