High/low: Scandinavian Christmas
Chair Gus Spencer tufted polyester in Urban Tweed Ink with stainless steel base $1,399, stylegarage.com. Rug Indian 8' x 10' wool in black and white $1,195, elte.com. Side table Jacob cast aluminum with marble top $460, micasatoronto.com. Pendant PH Snowball spun aluminum $2,304, mjolk.ca. Cushions Maharam black-and-white with feather/down fill $215, Fluf Punch wool in Acid Lime $137, quasimodomodern.com. Stockings striped $21 (Feltro virgin wool yarn $7 per ball), off-white with pompoms $60 (Romni cashmere $20 per ball), green $24 (Katia Ingenua mohair/nylon/wool yarn $12 per ball), snowflakes $20 (Naturelle Aran wool yarn $10 per ball), romniwools.com. Pompoms (on stocking) faux fur $6 each, Mokuba 416-504-5258. Candlesticks (from left) Nambe Flare by Karim Rashid 8" alloy $160 per pair, williamashley.com; Sophie Conran for Portmeirion porcelain $30 (11"), $25 (8"), $18 (4"), homefrontshop.com. Vase Rosenthal porcelain $295, cynthiafindlay.ca. Plate Dansk Fjord porcelain $16, thebay.com. Tumbler glass $4, The Kitchen and Glass Place 416-927-9925. Tea light holders Iittala Kivi glass $19 (clear), $28 each (frosted), mjolk.ca. Ribbon $230 (on presents), $42 (on wreath), $40 (on tree), Mokuba 416-504-5258.
Chair Karlstad tufted wool with aluminum legs $539, rug Stockholm 8' x 11' wool $399; ikea.ca. Side table Jacob cast aluminum with white painted oak veneer top $200, pendant Nuevo Living Asparagus spun aluminum $140; urbanmode.com. Cushions Stockholm black-and-white cotton velvet with feather fill $25, Granat cotton in green with polyfill $6; ikea.ca. Stockings striped $14 (Freedom wool yarn by Twileys of Stamford $7 per ball), off-white with pompoms $30 (Louise Harding Thistle merino wool/Suri alpaca yarn $10 per ball), green $10 (Kitten mohair yarn $5 per ball), snowflakes $14 (Luxury Aran merino wool yarn $7 per ball); romniwools.com. Pompoms (on stocking) $1 per bag; dollarstore.ca. Candlesticks (from left) Arden 11 1/2" stainless steel $60 each, crateandbarrel.ca; Elica $29 per set of 3 sizes, Trinity Gallery 416-699-6312. Vase ceramic $90; teatroverde.com. Plate Epistel porcelain $7, tumbler IKEA 365+ Ivrig glass 2; ikea.ca. Tea light holders clear glass $1 pier1.ca; ribbed frosted glass $2 each, homeoutfitters.com. Ribbon $108 (on gifts), $16 (on wreath), $23 (on tree); Mokuba 416-504-5258.
An icon of midcentury Scandinavian design, Finnish designer Eero Saarinen created furniture that had a sculptural quality to it. His landmark pedestal table has a cast-aluminum base inspired by a drop of high-viscosity liquid. Designed in 1956, the table continues to be manufactured by Knoll in Italy according to the original specs, with tops available in marble, veneer and laminate, both our high and low tables resemble this modern classic, right down to the tabletop options.
Longing to cosy up to a crackling fire Christmas morn? Turn off that televised yule log and get the warmth of a fire sans hearth. "A collection of candles creates the same glowing atmosphere that a wood-burning fireplace would," says stylist Carolyn Souch. Groupings of candlesticks in different materials and heights, like the curvaceous creamy porcelain and gleaming metal ones used in our high set, also make a stunning vignette.
For a mod Scandi take on the trad wreath, Carolyn chose a classic shape and material, but went bold with black paint. "The dark shade brings your eye up to the mantel, the focal point," she says. Plus, it enhances the room's modern vibe.