Christmas in a Door County Cottage | Midwest Living

Christmas in a Door County Cottage

A cottage nestled along Green Bay in Wisconsin's Door County glows with traditional charm, providing a snug retreat all winter long.
  • Ice, water and sky

    The winter holidays are especially magical at this cottage-style home on Wisconsin's Ellison Bay, when the cove freezes over and the snow-frosted woods are quiet. With virtually every room oriented toward the waterfront, the Door County home captures a blue-and-white tableau of ice, water and sky.

  • Spacious but cozy

    The living room showcases the home's signature paneling as well as a coffered ceiling and a fireplace made of local stone. Transom-topped windows let in lakefront views and make even moderately sized rooms feel spacious and airy. At Christmas, the painted Dala horses and red tulips on the table reflect the homeowners' Dutch-Scandinavian heritage and spirit.

  • Holiday tradition

    Wood shoes filled with imported candy are reminders of the family's Dutch-Scandinavian heritage.

  • Soft blue and cream

    Simple, elegant holiday arrangements of soft blue and cream suit an everyday Nordic aesthetic.

  • Scandinavian straw

    Straw ornaments are traditional Scandinavian favorites.

    Many Door County year-rounders have Scandinavian roots. The peninsula's rugged landscape appealed to the Swedes and Norwegians who settled here during the 1800s.

  • Flexible dining

    Beside the dining area's built-in cupboard, French doors with transoms open to the enclosed porch. As in the living room, the dining area features planked, white-on-white walls, a decor that reflects both Scandinavian aesthetics as well as cottage style. Cherry floors visually anchor the traditional furnishings and antiques. 

  • Dutch-inspired decor

    Delft tiles accent the dining room's tumbled marble hearth.

  • Cottage style in the kitchen

    White-painted cabinets with inset doors, classic bin pulls, "footed" toe kicks and curvy brackets bring cottage style to the kitchen.

  • Year-round charm

    Vintage-look lighting and a subway tile backsplash add to the kitchen's charm all year, though festive touches such as the hand-stitched towels hanging on the oven share a holiday message at Christmastime.