Gift Guide: Gifts for the Decor Lover


‘Tis the time of year when we make lists and try to figure out what the best gifts would be to express our love and appreciation for those around us. Even as we write that out we realize that seems almost impossible. HOW can you possibly get a gift that expresses how much our nearest and dearest mean to us? While we’re not sure this gift guide will adequately express your love, we DO know that decor lovers across the globe are going to love these items!

Taken from our personal wish-lists this Christmas, these items are sure to be a hit with those just as decor obsessed as we are. And if that is you, then maybe you need to forward this blog post to someone who loves you! Hint, hint! We’ll take one each!

So, without further ado - enjoy! The gift guide for decor lovers (aka, people like us!).


Look We Love: Hygge Holiday


We’ve talked about Hygge around here before (see previous post here), but in case you haven’t heard the term, it’s a Scandinavian word (Danish, from Norwegian), that is pronounced HOO-gah or HUE-gah - it seems that the internet feels that you’re allowed to pick between the two!

The Oxford Dictionary defines Hygge as “A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)”. While there isn’t an english word that is equivalent, we think using the actual word works just fine!

The thing about Hygge is that you really can’t buy it. It’s not ultimately about aesthetics (however, there are - of course - some beautiful, natural, cozy items that can definitely set you in the right direction), it’s about the connection and the ritual of enjoying each moment.

Seriously, just reading that makes us yearn for some slow living. We’ll bet that most of you probably felt that way too!

If we really think about our routines, we’ll bet that you could use a little less time on your phone, and more time looking up, at the faces of the people around you. We don’t mean that critically, but more as a self reflection, because we fall into that boat too! We need more time with our spouses, our kids and even more time with ourselves! Maybe it’s just about enjoying the quiet - or some favorite music, maybe a warm drink by candlelight, or even just the process of making a cup of coffee - Hygge can be whatever ritual it is in your life that makes you feel a little bit like you’re caring for yourself.

And that’s so easy for us to type out, but it’s hard to put into practice! Let’s be real, life is full of distractions; buzzing phones, kids that need attention, email notifications, social functions, the endless feeds of social media, and so on. We know that we’re kind of off topic here, as this post started with a “look we love”, but you know what? “Present”, is a look we love, too.

The holidays are the perfect time of year to work on being a bit more present, and this year we’ve started with the decoration aspect of Christmas. It can be something that adds stress, especially when hosting for the holidays, but it’s a great time to get the family together, put those screens away and really enjoy each others company.

While we would actually love to live in a world where we could observe a “hygge” kind of attitude each and every day, we’ll settle for working on it bit by bit.

So, while we at Scout Modern don’t believe you can solve all of your problems with home decor, we do believe that beautiful and relaxing spaces can get you on your way to adjusting your priorities, and even as a way of practicing self-care.

SO, with that, we’ve just got one final question: what is your favorite holiday tradition that involves quality time?

And, just in case you were craving a “Hygge Home” this season, we’ve rounded up a few cozy items we love, to help remind you to celebrate each moment:


Look We Love: Scandinavian Holiday Decor

  From Pinterest, source unknown. Please tell us if this is your work!

From Pinterest, source unknown. Please tell us if this is your work!

It’s here! It’s officially time to celebrate (and decorate for) the holidays and we couldn’t be more excited about that fact. As you know, at Scout Modern, we’re all about curating and decorating your home to be a dream space, and so of course, when it comes to Christmas, we’re all about the decor.

This year, we’re crushing hard on the Nordic tree (and holiday decor in general) trend. And no, we don’t mean trees imported from that area, but the traditional style found and used there - which is a bit different than the typical American tree. And while we know that every Christmas tree is a good one, we wanted to share a look we love!

We don’t know about you, but there is something beautiful and nostalgic about a sparse Christmas tree. It reminds us of what Christmas is all about; cozy moments at home, spending time with people we love and really being present in each moment. A great way to describe this picturesque, cozy moment that we’re describing is, Hygge. If you haven’t heard this term before, it’s a Danish word (pronounced like HUE-gah or HOO-gah) meaning “to give courage, comfort, joy”. Another way we’ve read it described before, and what we’ve most identified with, is “the art of creating intimacy” with friends, family or in your home. We’re actually writing another post on this out next week, so stay tuned to learn more about our favorite “winter word”.

Isn’t there just something “black-and-white-Christmas-feel-good-film”-esque about it? (There is.) Just imagining all of the cozy moments with family and friends, surrounded by a glowing tree, some thoughtful gifts, a warm beverage. It’s perfect!

The other thing about this imagery that strikes us, is the lack of presents. Not that we don’t love a good gift (trust me, we do!). But isn’t it true that the most memorable, and meaningful gifts are often unrelated to quantity, or (and maybe even especially) the price tag? We always say the best gifts come from the heart, and decorating for the holidays can often be a gift to yourself, and to your loved ones, by creating a cozy space to make some new memories in, while being all together.

Aside from that more sentimental aspect of these trees and back to decor, these Scandinavian trees offer a unique opportunity to showcase your ornaments! With more space in between the branches you really can see the unique pieces - and more dramatic and graphic style ornaments do really well with this look. Are you loving this look as much as we are?

Don’t you worry - we’ve got a gift guide down below to get you on your way!

Nordic Christmas Tree/Sparse Tree - Scout Modern
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