Holiday harmony – check out our 8 + 1 tips for serene festive season

Hold onto your mittens, folks – winter is coming! This year the Holiday Season is all about the quiet charm and minor tweaks. Check out our best tips on how to effortlessly arouse that festive feeling and get ready to enjoy the December celebrations.

A holiday table setting
PC plate by 1616 / arita japan is a subtle addition to the festive table. Iittala's Raami red wine glass is perfect for serving not only wine but all your other favorite drinks.

Savor the season

The holiday season calls for some simple pleasures: quality time with loved ones, leisure moments, and of course, delicious food. So invest in a table setting that encourages lingering around a bit longer. Now is the perfect time to set the table with the prettiest porcelain plates, fold the softest linen napkins, and maybe, if you're in the mood, add a hint of class with bamboo placemats. Take a seat and enjoy!

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Read also: Desserts for the festive season >

White plate on a tray
Vaarnii's wooden tray is crafted from Finnish pinewood that has lively grain.

Enjoy holiday dining

Alright, let's not sugarcoat it – sometimes the coziest spot in the house is not the table but the bed or the sofa. Good news are that this is the season to feast wherever your heart desires.

Taking the dining experience to the sofa or bed is a breeze with the right gear. The pine tray by Finnish Vaarnii features a small gap underneath to make lifting the tray easier and rounding the edges to make it more comfortable to hold. This tray isn't just for treats but doubles as a modern bowl for fruits of the season or a vessel to show off your favorite gifts.

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Read also: Rice porridge cooked in almond milk and 3 more breakfast recipes for the holiday season >

Colorful home textiles on a sofa
The front side of the Palsta cushion is woven from different shaded wool yarns, interlacing each other to create a refined striped pattern.

Some warmth for the cold season

Textiles are the quickest and easiest way to do a little winter makeover, so wrap your home in a hug of holiday season style with soft blankets, fluffy throws, and plush decorative cushions! Finarte's sweet Palsta cushion is adorned with a geometric pattern that was originally inspired by idyllic summer cottages but its vibrant red shades are perfect to decorate the winter festive, too.

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A colorful grinder in a kitchen
A glossy lacquer finish completes the Molino grinder's sophisticated yet playful look.

Spice up winter days

As the year wraps up, it's the perfect time to paint the glooming days with a splash of colors. Sure, red and green are the traditional shades of the season, but who says the festive feelings can't groove in other hues as well? Bring some cheer and joy to dark winter days with the striped Molino grinder that is inspired by the lively spirit of designer Fabien Cappello's Mexican roots. Spice things up and welcome some tropical breezes to your kitchen!

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A table lamp and a mobile
On the winter season reading list is Shaping the World: Sculpture from Prehistory to Now which takes the reader on a journey through the history of sculpture. The aluminum Knuckle table lamp is by Hem.

Dance of delight

Colors are an easy way to add vibrancy to your decor, but this year the wildest are decorating their homes with floating ornaments. There is something enchanting and serene about the gentle movements of a hanging mobile – can you think of anything cozier for the holiday season than watching it sway?

Vitra's Plywood Mobiles resulted from plywood molding techniques by Charles and Ray Eames in the 1940s. The experiments led to free, organic shapes that playfully revolved around each other, like the ones found on the ceiling of the couple's home.

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Franckly's pre-owned lighting
Don't forget Franckly's lighting collection, where you can discover your glowing favorites second-hand! The metal surface of the Bilia table lamp combines beautifully with the pine Ast stool. The poster is from the Danish brand MADO.

Mood lighting magic

Why not update your lighting to be a little gentler for the holidays, too? Try setting up the soft mood with an Italian design classic from 1932. Designed by Gio Ponti for FontanaArte, the Bilia lamp combines two essential geometric shapes – a sphere and a cone – in a skillful and balanced manner. The table lamp is equipped with a handy dimmer that turns the captivating luminaire into a mood maestro that effortlessly adapts to any room and vibe.

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Read also: Top tips on choosing a lamp >

A sofa table with candles
HAY's Long spiral candles are available in various colors – there's something for everyone! Combine the gentle spirals with the Arcs candleholder and bring the magnificent atmosphere to your home with the Olfacte scented candle.

Beyond brightness

If even the dimmable lamp is throwing shade too bright, why not go old-school and embrace the warm glow of candles? When placed in an elegant candleholder, a candle can be both a classic light source and a contemporary design piece for your dining or coffee table. The ambiance is complemented by scented candles, which are a pleasure not only for the eyes but also for the nose. So relax and get ready to enjoy with all your senses!

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Read also: It’s candle time – cozy up and enjoy the hygge life! >

Iittala glassware and vase
Ultima Thule glassware range is based on a so-called ice glass technique – the forms imitate nature and gradually change as the molten glass burns the surface of the wooden molds.

Holiday tree-free zone

Are you not a fan of a traditional holiday tree? No problem! Create a festive ambiance with smaller plants and several stems instead. The Ultima Thule vase, designed by Tapio Wirkkala, draws inspiration from the melting spring ice of Northern Finland. The glass vase is perfect for showcasing larger and more impressive floral bouquets as well.

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Read also: Decorate your home for the festive season with flowers! >

Finnish Design Shop gift card
Finnish Design Shop's eGift Card is an easy and fast way to give a gift that any design lover will appreciate!

+ 1: The easiest gift

In the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the season, the challenge of finding the perfect gifts can feel a bit overwhelming. Simplify the joy of remembering your loved ones by adding Finnish Design Shop's eGift Card to your shopping cart and and let them be the ones to choose their own special surprises!

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Read also: Sustainable gifts keep on giving >

More inspiration for the festive season

Calendar kitchen towel
Lapuan Kankurit
Toffee blanket
Tiiliskivi cup
Tint wineglass
Klaus Haapaniemi
Bees blanket
HAY x Liberty Matin table lamp
Proust bauble set
Pesa candle holder
Georg Jensen
Bernadotte red wine glass
Veggie wax candle
Ridge vase
Akari 25N floor lamp

See also:

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Text: Susa Pääkkönen Images: Juho Huttunen, Suvi Kesäläinen and manufacturers

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