Often times, getting that chic, edited look you see online and in magazines isn’t as hard as you think. Just don’t overthink small opportunities. For example, this little niche in the corner of the apartment wasn’t built out into an elaborate cubby system to create extra storage, the homeowner simply added ONE bar and three hooks painted out to match the wall color. An elegant solution, now the coats and accessories feel like part of the décor. Their beauty and texture really pop in such a pared down environment.
If your home office needs a fresh new look, it’s time to break out the spray paint. It’s easier than ever to paint a variety of surfaces thanks to new paint formulas. The biggest challenge will be choosing a color from dozens of on-trend hues. You can even paint fabrics with the right product!
The stairs to the loft’s second bedroom were painted in a durable porch paint, then a tightly woven carpet was tacked down to minimize scuffs (and noise!). The pretty blue weave is tough enough to withstand daily use but will be very easy to change out down the road, should the homeowner want to change up the look.
The Norwegian lifestyle is laid back and low-maintenance, preferring a more natural approach. There’s no need for stain when the sealed wood weathers to a lovely silver-gray patina over time. And cottage guests love stepping out onto their own private deck in the mornings with coffee.
In addition to pattern, texture is equally important. Whether it’s from a shaggy rug, fringed out blanket or sumptuous throw pillow. Also, adding one small touch that’s really personal or even playful helps to give a room warmth and personality.
When a space is primarily white and clutter-free, simple everyday objects like a well-made chair or your favorite puffer jackets can become a colorful focal point. Less is more when it comes to Scandi-style so choose what’s out on display carefully and you’ll love the final result.
The master bedroom felt more modern and spacious with a white minimalist canopy bed as the focus of the room. A few warm pieces like the vintage chest of drawers and burled lamps round out the look. The large, colorful rug is like a piece of art for the floor.
The limited amount of art and accessories in a Scandinavian inspired space means that each piece takes on added importance. The graphic quality of the art on Helga’s living room wall really stands out, where as it may have gotten lost in the shuffle in a large gallery wall. Keeping larger furnishings neutral allows smaller, more colorful items to really be “seen” and have more impact.
When it was time to rethink the loft's original kitchen the primary focus was making it more functional and MUCH larger. With the plumbing luckily located in all the right places, the reno was relatively painless. Cabinetry in a washed gray topped with butcher block looks clan and inviting. A nice mix of metals feels right at home to one another. A trio of over-scale pendants hovering above the elevated breakfast bar add just the right amount of drama to the space.
A trio of Nelson Bubble Lamps designed by a mid-century design super star George Nelson makes a bold, yet playful statement hung above the breakfast nook table. It's not only a great conversation piece, it provides plenty of light once the sun goes down.
A few flea market finds, a simple dining table painted glossy black and vintage chandelier transform one corner of the attic into a lovely little spot perfect for small, intimate dinners with good friends. No need for an overblown vase of fresh flowers when a few evergreen sprigs will do!
Making the most of the space, a small writing desk pulls double duty as bedside table while a Panton-inspired S chair and chunk vintage lamp add sculptural flair to their corner of the room. Quirky illustrations feel casual and relaxed when grouped together and leaned against the wall - they also highlight the room's high-energy color palette.
Skylights and the wonderful light they provide can totally transform a room's personality. Since these were in a bedroom, the homeowner opted to add shades, so that guests could sleep until noon if they'd like. PS-Remote control shades for skylights are totally worth the splurge.
With any fixer, concessions need to be made and rather than gut the existing kitchen in, the homeowner chose to update the cabinets with black paint and add a classic subway tile backsplash. Design details give the kitchen a high-end look. The plants and flag above the upper cabinets emphasize the room’s generous ceiling height while the leaned artwork and vintage rug add a dash of sophistication.
It’s easy to see the appeal of Scandinavian design. Helga Jonsdottir’s home, located in the heart of Reykjavik is a classic example of this wildly popular trend. An aesthetic that hails from the Nordic regions of Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, this style is all about functional minimalism, but it’s not so stripped down that interiors feel cold and uninviting. They’re balanced with a bit of warmth, too and the Swedish call this lagom, meaning “just right”.
With an expansive deck off the rear of the home, installing easy access glass doors was a no-brainer for the this couple who loves to entertain. Now there's an easy flow between the two spaces and the breakfast nook table can transform into a cocktail station or brunch buffet when needed!
The homeowners outfitted the space with a super comfortable low-profile sectional so multiple guests can curl up with a good book or watch a movie on days when it’s too cold to go exploring. The sofa is also deep enough to serve as an extra guest bed, in a pinch. Plenty of blankets are provided and a vintage trunk serves as a coffee table – ideal for storing luggage. Nordic décor isn’t just beautiful, it’s often useful and flexible.
The all-white aesthetic creates a wonderful sense of calm, but that doesn’t mean small doses of high-energy color are unwelcome. It’s just the opposite, actually. Highly saturated color used sparingly always feels a little optimistic when paired to a fresh, crisp white.