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This is how Halvor Bakke decorates the house at Christmas

This is how Halvor Bakke decorates the house at Christmas

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This is how Halvor Bakke decorates the house at Christmas

For Halvor Bakke, Christmas begins when he plays Christmas music in October.
Here he opens the doors to his cozy Christmas-decorated home in Stavern.

“I have more playlists with Christmas music than without it, and I listen to it from October through New Years,” says Halvor Buck, sitting in his kitchen at home on Tray’s Little Farm, a few miles outside of Stafford Center. The Christmas tree – always a Norway spruce from a neighboring farm – is in the living room, and all rooms are tastefully decorated for Christmas in natural and gold tones.

Changes have been made

The designer and host grew up on a nearby farm, and bought the small farm with his then-husband in 2010. The house has an 1840’s main and a 1920’s extension and needs a complete renovation. A few months of hard work resulted in a house in which the spirit of the house was brought out.

– The room solution is quite similar to what it was before, but we changed the entrance area and installed double doors. Now I think the entrance is much nicer. You look straight in horror when you enter the house.

At the back of the house, they built a glazed balcony that became an additional living room in the 165 square meter house.

Also on the cozy glazed balcony, it is decorated for Christmas with a pine tree in a basket with moss.  Hanging on the wall a set of straw hats reminding you that one day summer will return.  The furniture was designed by Halvor.
Also on the cozy glazed balcony, it is decorated for Christmas with a pine tree in a basket with moss. Hanging on the wall a set of straw hats reminding you that one day summer will return. The furniture was designed by Halvor.
Photo: Janet Bekefold

This is how Halvor Bakke became a TV celebrity

If someone had told Halvor 10 years ago that he would become one of the highlights in interior design and furniture in Norway, he would have rolled his eyes and laughed so well. He did not receive any education in this field, which was a coincidence.

– I was transferred in SAS after being a tour guide in Ving for a few years. But when there were cutbacks after September 11, 2001, I had to think of something else. I started working at interior design store Bolina in Stabekk, learned a lot, and since then it has been all about interior design.

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Halvor was “discovered” by an agent who knew TV3 was looking for candidates for Homsepatruljen, and so the snowball began to roll. Eventually he was asked if he would make his own collection of lanterns, pillows, and decorative items for the Lama, and then Bohus and Magnor followed suit with similar requests. Now he’s also designed the BoligPartner cabins. Today, Halvor Bakke is a big brand overall.

– I never imagined how it would turn out like this, but it’s so much fun.

The painting above the sofa is by Monica Helgesen.  The chest in the back to the left was given to Halvor by a friend, and the table in the back to the right is on permanent loan from the sister.  The rest of the furniture is from Halvor's private collections.
The painting above the sofa is by Monica Helgesen. The chest in the back to the left was given to Halvor by a friend, and the table in the back to the right is on permanent loan from the sister. The rest of the furniture is from Halvor’s private collections.

Design things yourself

At home on a small farmhouse, it’s decorated with a bit of heritage and a small flea market, but mostly designed by Halvor Bakke. Perhaps not so strange, because he designs only the things that he would like to have in his house.

I post pictures of my house on social media, and then there has to be things to get hold of, so I take that into account when I decorate, says Halvor. He does not see himself as a trendsetter.

– Well, I understand that I am also engaged in creating trends, but I have never participated in seminars on trend and the like. We are all affected by trends in one way or another. For example, I myself am affected by what I experience when traveling. I’m in South Africa a lot, and they’re way ahead of most things, whether interior or food or wine, and that kind of thing affects me, says Halvor.

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Lilies and candles are part of Christmas, also at Halvor's house.  The vases and lanterns are his own design and more have come since our visit around Christmas time last year.
Lilies and candles are part of Christmas, also at Halvor’s house. The vases and lanterns are his own design and more have come since our visit around Christmas time last year.
Photo: Janet Bekefold
The 'keep' press pitcher is also Halvor's design.  The beautiful pattern on the metal flask is inspired by the Port of Halvor, which he discovered on one of his trips to Cape Town, South Africa.
The ‘keep’ press pitcher is also Halvor’s design. The beautiful pattern on the metal flask is inspired by the Port of Halvor, which he discovered on one of his trips to Cape Town, South Africa.
Photo: Janet Bekefold

Listen to the gut feeling

It encourages people to follow the gut feeling rather than the fashion image.

Rather, people should know if they think it is good to go home. Many people are not satisfied that the norm is not suitable for them. If you like a cozy and old place, you will go wrong with the narrow funkis. Then there are the many who love a lot of different things, but don’t always have the ability to put them together. In such cases, I recommend talking to an in-house designer who can fix the problem. If they are helped to truly find their style, they will thrive best at home.

At least he himself thrives at home, which is especially important for those who travel a lot. Sometimes he spends his Christmas outside, but the years he spends at home in Trae, it becomes a Norwegian Christmas.

Then there’s “Three Cinderella’s Nuts” and a big family dinner with ribs and a whole package.

But when Christmas music has been playing since October, it’s perhaps no wonder that it has received its dose as New Year’s Eve approaches. Then it’s ready for spring and a new year!

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This status was first published on 01/12 2021, and last updated on 02/12 2021