A few years back, we spotted Irene Finne's blog, Loppelilla, via Decor8, and ever since we've referenced the blog as holiday decor inspiration. Loppelilla is a chronicle of Finne's life in the pristine Norwegian town of Evanger. Along with two friends, Finne runs Patina, a café, store, and bed-and-breakfast. We especially like her simple, organic ideas for Christmas decorations: knitted ornaments, stars made of kraft paper, and cardboard Christmas trees.
Above: The snowy Norwegian landscape surrounding Finne's home.
Above: Layers of Norwegian and Icelandic sheepskin meet pewter plates, candles, and antlers in the living room.
Above from left to right: A knitted ball ornament, a branch and crocheted taper candle holder, and a crocheted fir tree ornament.
Above: A branch displays ornaments; a chair is casually draped with a sheepskin.
Above: Star ornaments made out of natural and white kraft paper and twine.
Above: A glass vase (left) and laundry hamper (right) both receive a hand knitted sleeve.
Above: Finne adheres to a palette of white with gray and black accents.
Above: The house is filled with wooden bowls, nature brought indoors, and plenty of candles.
Above: The kitchen is neutral in color and simple in style.
Above: A Christmas tree made from wooden planks topped with a crocheted star.
Above: An antler lamp with a crocheted shade.
Above: Christmas trees made from painted cardboard cutouts.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 22, 2011 as part of our Christmas Parties issue.
For another winter house with a similar palette, have a look at PS Arkitektur Fjällhus in Sweden. And to get your own rooms ready for the holidays, don't miss Single-Ingredient Holiday Decor, 10 Ideas.