Two weeks ‘til Advent

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but here in Scandinavia we have a long run-up to Christmas, celebrating Advent every sunday in December. It’s nothing big, we just light candles and perhaps have some glögg and gingerbread cookies, but it’s very cozy.


And I just realized today that it’s only two weeks until the first Advent sunday. So perhaps it’s time to start posting some Christmas inspiration? I’m starting softly with these pictures by German photographer Gudrun Arndt. Enjoy!



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Ems Designblogg is all about Scandinavian style, soft minimalism and beautiful functionalism. The blog is Sweden's oldest interior design blog and has been up and running since 2005. I strive to fill it with a mix of inspirational and aspirational images from all over the world, while keeping true to my own voice and style, where transparency is key and creative criticism is highly valued. When I'm not blogging, I bake chocolate cakes for my kids, hang around Stockholm's cafés and drink way too many cappuccinos, do some occasional styling work, and try to fit in some inspiring travel adventures in between. If you have any suggestions, propositions for collaborations, other ideas or just want to say hi, throw an email at: [email protected].


  • Fint papperspynt! Det är nog så att vi väntar och längtar extra länga här i mörka Sverige. Vi har ju inte så mycket på hösten annars… som Halloween och Thanksgiving som är stort i USA.

  • Love it! Längtar … myyyyys

  • Oh My, är det bara två veckor kvar?!

  • Julen är ju bäst! Så himla mysig tid 🙂

  • Sabrina Iorio

    Hi Emma

    Can you do a DIY post on making awesome holiday decorations? For instance, I would love to know how to make the stars in the top photo 🙂

  • I’m not much of a DIY person really, so I have no idea how to make those stars. But I’m sure you could google it and find some great tutorials. 🙂

  • Louise

    LOVELY, cant wait for christmas!

  • Hi Emma! I’m happy my sister send to me your link! Your blog is so beautiful and those stars are wonderful! I made similar with knitting and felt. Winter wishes from Finnish woman livin gin Greece!

  • Fina bilder! Som man längtar nu tills alla adventsstjärnor och ljusstakar dyker upp i alla fönster. Även om det är återkommande varje år så är det ändå något extra varje gång!