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”.
Give each guest a pastry bag filled with icing to use as mortar for their holiday home. Or, simply put out a few bowls filled with frosting so that the guests can spread it on with a knife. Kids may need a little help with this part; parents can frost while kids attach the candy.
An artist herself and alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jamie Steele has created a way to support art and artists with a spacious gallery Camayuhs, she maintains in her home. Her focus is on group shows of artists from Atlanta and across the country, often spotlighting female artists.
You can never have too many mirrors when you’re on your way out the door, so Tanika made sure that there were plenty on hand in her entryway with two French-style pieces. She continues to make good use of the space with a simple white console topped by a flower under glass and black candles. Completing the space is an African mask that promises the blessing of fertility to the home.
This home used to be a duplex before Good Bones' Mina and Karen reconfigures the entire first floor, removing walls to create an open floor plan and reworking the home's front entrance. When they put the home on the market, they not only staged the home with stylish, modern furniture, they had local artists display their work for the open house. The setup for the open house is featured in this photo.
In this classic, 1930s home, designers kept the charm of the house in tact with trim around the windows and fireplace. With the new trim work and elegantly hung photographs, this fireplace has become a focal point for the space.
Even house guests travel with smart phones, laptops and tablets, so give them a space to work. Darla DeMorrow, a certified professional organizer, converted a closet in a spare bedroom into an office and study station. She also used hidden space on the side of the closet by breaking through a wall and creating display shelving.
When designing this guest home, the owner's hoped to complement the main beach house while still maintaining a sense of privacy for both homes. This beautiful guest home shares an intimate walkway and garden with the main house but has it's own outdoor patio and lush green lawn.
Bold yellow letters add a whimsical touch in this beach house kitchen, popping against the clean, white wall and shelf. Because the home focuses on fun and play, beverages are kept out on the counter, ready to be enjoyed, rather than stashed out of sight.
The homeowners' eclectic style is reflected in this bathroom with the combination of Venetian plaster walls and subway tile. Decorative leaded windows in the shape of a spiderweb help to tie the space to the spiderweb motif throughout the home. The lake house's original vanity and mirror were restored and bring in floral detailing that complements the details found on the bedroom cabinetry, truly tying together all the home's spaces.