ISSUE 50  |  Holiday 101

Instant Scandi Holiday Table (by Way of eBay)

December 22, 2014 7:08 PM

BY Remodelista Team

A common thread here at Remodelista? Our obsession with Scandinavian design, especially during the holidays. So as we gear up for a season of entertaining, I was inspired to pull together a dinner party table setting mixing vintage and contemporary Scandinavian design, from Iittala’s Alvar Aalto vases to Kartio’s glassware by Finnish master Kaj Franck. Where to find everything in one place? Using eBay’s Click & Collect feature, I scoured the site and came up with a shopping list for a Scandi table setting. Vintage glass pitcher? Check. Festive cordial glasses? Check. Gray linen napkins? Check. Now, arrange branches and boughs from the yard in a giant vase and we’re done.

Photography by Luke Abiol for Remodelista. 

Above: I searched eBay using terms such as “Scandinavian modern candlesticks” and “Aalto vases” to find what we were looking for, and chose items with “Fast & Free” shipping. 

Above: Within a couple of days, packages started to arrive, and in less than a week, I had everything we needed to decorate our holiday table.

Above: My dining room, looking a little bare before the transformation.

Above: I stuck to a simple, subdued color palette of dark gray, green, black, and white.

Above: A set of linen napkins with subtle silvery stripes, perfect for our palette.

Above: My Abyssinian cat, Jojo, surveys the scene; the vintage Swedish glass pitcher was a favorite find.

Above: Beeswax candles are available on eBay (who knew?).

Above: A Ferm LIving cork trivet, another favorite find. (I already had the covered dish; it’s from Heath Ceramics and can also be found on eBay.) 

Above: The table is set, the candles are lit, ready for the guests.

Want to create something similar? We consulted with eBay to come up with a list of top tips for shopping the site:

1.) Consult eBay Collections, which offers collections of curated products, and look out for Click & Collect items that allow you to pick up your purchases on a day and at a time that suits you (choose an eBay Collection Point location near you, including one of over 650 Argos stores across the UK).

2.) Want it fast? eBay offers a range of delivery options, including express delivery and Click & Collect on select items. 

3.) What if you’re not happy with your purchase? The return policy at eBay allows you to return items with a minimum 14 calendar-day returns window from all business sellers who are on board.

4.) Did you know that if you use PayPal, you’re eligible for the eBay Money Back Guarantee? Get the item you ordered, or your money back, postage included. 

–Julie Carlson