Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

December 12, 2016

Hello decor8 readers, this is columnist Anke with my monthly column so please have a look at my recent dining room tabletop styling if you’d like. I have been inspired recently by a short trip to Finland. While doing window shopping I spotted interior design in moody colors like bordeaux, masala, dusky pink, mossy green, grey and black everywhere. Though this isn’t your typical Christmas motif, and now Finland is decked out in the most traditional holiday colors, my trip last month still left an impression on me. I really enjoyed to see these dark shades in combination with plain Finnish design — they just know how to create a relaxed and calm atmosphere, right?

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

I thought to bring my impressions onto our tabletop at home by using candle and tea light holders in different shapes and sizes, made of glass and wood. Furthermore on my table – this season’s most popular ceramics – tableware in black, the “black coal” series by Broste Copenhagen. I found it at my dear friend’s online shop Wunderschoen Gemacht.

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Instead of flowers, I decided on different branches which I will now use for making Christmas wreaths. I picked eucalyptus, olive, pine and twigs with tiny acorns and pale pink berries and I liked having them in a vase until I have to cut them into small bunches for the wreaths.

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

When it comes to trends, I usually need some time until I give an interior trend a try. This “boho” Woven Wall Hanging for an example! A “Dust catcher” was my first thought. But well, you see, I obviously changed my mind. The best about this DIY was spending two snugly evenings with my boys who keenly wove their own ones with me. Now I know why we send them to Waldorfschool! ;-)

Last but not least, a salted dark chocolate tarte with whipped cream and red berry sauce went on the table and made me happy. I am really into sweets with a salty twist and love dark chocolate desserts combined with red berry anything! The berry sauce you see on one of my pictures is the easiest ever. In Germany we have a classic called “Rote Grütze” which is a compote of red berries you can buy ready to eat in every supermarket. I just put this one into my blender and mix it until smooth, that’s it. Sometimes one is allowed to take the easy way out, agree?

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

It’s impossible to finish this post without giving thanks to Holly for my highlight this month! Your book party launching “Decorate for a Party”/ “Feierlaune” ($12 on Amazon this week only!) in Hannover with so many inspiring guests, a beautiful table decoration and those blissful cakes by Mundus was such a treat, dear Holly! It was so great to have spent time with you and I enjoyed very much!

Have a wonderful start into the month of December and make yourself comfortable at home, dear readers! I hope to see you again soon with some Christmas decoration for the table! – Anke

(Styling, Text and Photography: Anke Illner)


  • Reply Nicole @ December 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Fascinating blog post! Love your use of branches instead of flowers :)

  • Reply Jaana December 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Happy to hear that you’ve travelled in Finland and enjoyed our design! Just a gentle reminder that Oslo is in Norway, Stockholm in Sweden and Helsinki is the capital of Finland.

  • Reply Danielle December 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    This color combo and derivatives are going to be everywhere come January. Just you watch.

  • Reply Agata December 12, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Wow! Beautiful ideas Anke! Love it!! <3

  • Reply Conrad December 15, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Beautifully clean and simple! The contrast of branches adds a really nice touch!

  • Reply Kendra December 18, 2016 at 12:05 am

    We recently found your blog and must say you have some great ideas!. The Finish inspiration in this post is truly different and beautiful!

  • Reply Margarita December 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Very beautiful fresh, calm and gorgeous colour combination. Love it all!

  • Reply Jane Wilson December 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Lovely designs! I love dishes which can be served simply on a wooden cutting board, they look very fancy. I love how the background is entirely white, this way all the items on the table pop out perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Steve December 26, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Love it :)

  • Reply Grace January 10, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Great! I love it too!

  • Reply Gerry from My Cosy Retreat January 16, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful post with gorgeous ideas and colors! Thank you for this inspiration.

  • Reply consulenza immagine roma milano February 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Love your use of branches instead of the usual flowers.
    Great inspirational post.

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