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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
In spare spaces you can afford to do a bit of bold pattern. You can even mix and match, as long as there is some unifying element. In this room, it’s the vibrant red found in both the blankets and stuffed animals.
You won’t see elaborate bedding sets here with dozens of coordinating accent pillows in a gazillion patterns. Here the emphasis is on simple pleasures and having nice things that last for many years to come. Think high-quality, warm bedding and soft, finely crafted linens you can pass down to your kid’s kids.
Sticking to only one time period can be a little dangerous when it comes to buying second-hand furniture. You may end up with a space that looks dated rather than curated. To pull together an eclectic look be willing to mix in your flea market finds with pieces that are new (or new-ish). This 70’s dining room table feels retro cool paired with crisp white resin chairs and super-saturated turquoise rug.
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!
There’s just something about wandering a flea market on the hunt for something truly fantastic that gets the blood pumping. If you want to create an eclectic space that’s unique AND affordable, shopping flea markets is definitely the way to go.
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 muted but moody palette puts a fresh spin on a masculine space. The large beach scene with battered boats steals the show while the bed’s super soft linen bedding makes you want to curl up and nap the day away.
Sleeping spaces are spare by design, free from all the distractions that can keep you from resting your body and mind. Super soft linens and bedding with a playful pattern in a soothing gray/green keep the room from feeling too stark.
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.