TRULY HOME­MADE A cosy hand­crafted charm per­me­ates a Dan­ish home brim­ming with unique dec­o­ra­tions

Dan­ish ce­ram­i­cist Anni Arn­dal Jensen makes and bakes all of her own Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, lend­ing her home a cosy hand­crafted charm in the cold­est months of the year

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Filled with the scent of cin­na­mon and spices, Anni Arn­dal Jensen’s 18th-cen­tury Dan­ish town­house is in­stantly wel­com­ing. Candles glow along­side a spruce tree in a cor­ner of the liv­ing room, while home­made breads and pas­tries are piled tempt­ingly be­side bowls of dried fruit and bit­ter or­anges dipped in Val­rhona choco­late on the kitchen ta­ble.

Anni, a ce­ram­i­cist, lives on the top two floors of the build­ing above her pot­tery shop in the quaint town of Hol­ste­bro in West Jutland. She shares her home with her hus­band Ole and their fox ter­rier Zoé. An artist’s sen­si­bil­ity per­vades the white, light-filled in­te­rior, which is dec­o­rated with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture.

At Christ­mas, a wealth of hand­crafted trim­mings re­flect the charm­ing sim­plic­ity of the space. Prepa­ra­tions for the fes­tive sea­son be­gin in early De­cem­ber, when the house is dressed with spruce trees placed in wicker bas­kets or large metal pots. The trees are dec­o­rated sparsely with real candles and beau­ti­fully crafted baubles that are hand­made by Anni – she in­scribes each one with words of wis­dom. She also makes large batches of salt-baked rye hearts, which she hangs from

the branches with twine. The kitchen is the hub of all fes­tive ac­tiv­ity in this home and the an­nual rit­ual of giftwrap­ping takes place at the large din­ing ta­ble. Anni gath­ers fo­liage and ma­te­ri­als she has col­lected through­out the year – vel­vet rib­bon and sim­ple brown pa­per pack­ag­ing – to dec­o­rate her presents, and adds a per­sonal touch in the form of small ce­ramic hearts, made by hand us­ing the tra­di­tional Ja­panese tech­nique of raku.

On the big day it­self, her ta­ble set­ting is sim­ple and rus­tic. Breads are served on wooden plat­ters and hand­made place cards dou­ble as gift tags. De­cem­ber is the busiest time of the year in Anni’s shop, but her home is the per­fect an­ti­dote to fes­tive stress and bus­tle.

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BED­ROOM AND BATH­ROOM Dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod, the smart mono­chrome schemes get a sub­tle splash of colour with win­ter fo­liage from the gar­den

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