Brown paper packages tied up with string

These are a few of my favourite things. Above, a white painted branch with Kraft-paper wrapped gifts is a minimalist advent calendar, by the inventive DIY Brigg from Norway via The Style Files. Below: Simple garland fencing at Axel Vervoordt’s recent Winter Exhibition; photo via Belgian Pearls. Both are from an article at Remodelista on Scandinavian Christmas traditions.

By the way, Ouno is now on Remodelista’s Design Newsstand; have a look under the “Critics and Observers” section (which should probably have been titled something like “Opinionated and Acerbic”). But I’m not the slightest bit bah humbug about this time of year, unless we’re talking about what’s going on at the mall. My holiday wish is for us to stop buying plastic knickknackery and disposable junk from the mega-factories. It just encourages them! It would be so nice if we could buy a lot less, but of much better quality, and make the rest ourselves. The evergreen garland fence below is just brilliant.

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2 Responses to “Brown paper packages tied up with string”

  1. janis - pinecone camp Says:

    That’s a perfect advent calendar. Love it.

  2. LB Says:

    I like that the name for it in Norwegian is yulekalender. More photos of it by Brigg, its DIY creator, are here:

    http://briggslekehus.blogspot.com/2010/11/julekalender-2010.html

    Like The Brick House, she has a “no house accessory over $100″ rule (equivalent is 1000 NOK) and they try to make everything themselves.

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