A rustic Nordic home celebrates the holidays with natural style
For Sweden-based Rebecca Sibner, Christmas is all about recreating the magical atmosphere she experienced as a child and passing that spirit on to her daughter, Lily. That means lots of family, food and fun, plus a decorating scheme with its roots in the natural world. From taking nature walks to forage for pine cones, moss and twigs to baking her family’s traditional fudge, here’s how this budding interior designer casts her holiday spell.
Forage the festive
The start of November sees homeowner Rebecca Sibner scouring the woods for nature walk finds like pine cones and fallen branches to craft into simple wreaths and swags for her home. “My husband, Andreas, claims we start too early – but I think he secretly likes it,” says Rebecca with a laugh.
Honour your heritage
As a youngster, Rebecca spent Christmas holidays with her large family at her grandparents’ farm in rural Sweden. She wants to honour that natural country aesthetic and keep the traditions alive for her daughter, Lily.
Make meals memorable
Rebecca’s family arrives en masse on December 23, ready to be entertained with great food and convivial company. The guests love to gather around the dining room table, where Christmas Eve breakfast has become one of the main meals, often lasting until noon. Rebecca anticipates her loved ones’ lingering by setting her rustic farmhouse table in a simple way, with natural greenery grounded by hits of black and white, and lit up by the sparkle of glassware and candlelight. It all sets a tone conducive to lively conversation filled with laughter and sentiment.