Thursday, August 26, 2010

Scandinavian Style

Lately, it seems like all of my favorite sources for decor eye-candy are Scandinavian.  I don't know what is in the water ice in the Nordic countries, but they seriously have an impeccable aesthetic: generally minimalist and stream-lined, but with a touch of whimsy and fun.

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Post-Domino, the shelter mag I love most has got to be Sköna Hem.  One can "read" it online, via Google Translator.  But let's face it: I "read" it the way a frat boy "reads" Playboy -- not for the articles.  In fact, if you scroll to the very bottom of the mag's webpage, you'll see a whole section of just photos.

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A recent discovery is Emmas Designblogg, which is written by a Stockholm-based decorating assistant.  Browsing the well-edited photos on the blog is like spending some time with a stylish friend with an impeccable eye for chic, beautiful spaces.

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And then there are the stores!  I have already posted about my love for the Danish homegoods store, House Doctor.  This line is like the love child of a sexy menage-a-trois between Anthro and Jonathan Adler and the Brimfield Antique Fair.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for my wallet), House Doctor products aren't available anywhere in the U.S., but I still like perusing their website and catalog for inspirational vignettes.

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Last but not least, my blog friend Jessica, of the uber-gorgeous Delicatessen blog, just introduced me to CAR möbel, which is a German company that markets a number of Scandinavian lines (including House Doctor!).  CAR möbel also has its own furniture collection that is full of personality.  And their website is full of lovely vignettes that mix high and low, found and purchased, modern and vintage.

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How do you feel about Scandinavian style?  Is there another region of the world or country that consistently serves as a source of inspiration?

5 comments:

bailie marie August 26, 2010 at 2:21 AM  

My FI is Swedish and we just moved into our first American apt together and I must say his style is far superior to mine. We went to Ikea for some stuff and my mom was amazed at how involved he was with our decorating (as in way more then me) and how great he made Ikea stuff look in our small studio. O and his sister just bought a house and is completely redoing it and even though I only saw the bedroom even her walk in closet is sleek and perfect.

Try Anything Once Terri August 26, 2010 at 7:39 AM  

I love modern clean lines, so I think that Scandinavian decor really fits my aesthetic. I wish I had a reason to decorate though. :)

Mrs. Hot Cocoa August 26, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

@ bailie marie: Do they teach home decor as a mandatory class in Sweden? And will you rent out your FI for decorating services?

@ Try Anything Once Terri: Do we ever need a "reason" to decorate? I'm pretty much always decorating in my own head anyway, since I can never afford 3/4 of what I love. ;-)

Jessica August 26, 2010 at 10:39 PM  

Thanks to you I now have two new sources to check out in Skona Hem and House Doctor. I recently discovered Emmas Designblogg as well and just love how fresh everything looks. Thank goodness for nice looking and moderately affordable to create decor styles.

My other source for decor inspiration is Country Living which can be a hit or miss for me. I'm not a big fan of clutter or anything that looks too dowdy.

bailie marie August 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

I would consider renting him out but the cost of flight from California to you might be quite high!! haha I do not know what it is but I must say it might have skipped his mom!!

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