Scandinavian interior design is famous for its simplicity and open airy spaces. When researching this type of decorating you may come across terms such as unpretentious, understated, elegant, uncluttered. This is exactly the type of spaces that I love. Light, open and airy spaces with neutral color palettes splashed with a pop of color to draw attention to certain aspects of a room. I am really inspired by, and gravitate toward, unique decor items that aren’t your average cookie cutter items found in many homes. I don’t think this harkens back to my Scandinavian roots as my father (whose family is Norwegian) died when I was young, after which my mother moved us away to live in Florida where she filled our home with knick knacks and a different design in terms of our home furnishings. Or maybe it does. Perhaps it’s something in my DNA that makes Scandinavian-type design so appealing.
In any case, I can’t get enough of Simple Scandinavian, a home decor book from Sara Norrman. It is filled with so much information, tips and full color photos of really beautiful spaces that it’s hard to choose favorites for me because there’s something in so many of the rooms featured that I find attractive. Some pretty big name designers are scattered throughout the pages, too, such as Hans Wegner, Poul Kjaerholm, Arne Jacobsen, and Marimekko, to name a few. You will also find information about Scandinavian locales and a bit of history, too. Being that I have grown up and lived away from my Norwegian family most of my life, I found this all the more fascinating to learn all of this great information about my heritage and where my family lineage came from.
This section on vintage items leapt out at me right away because of this photo of the beautifully designed floral tea cups. My grandmother passed some down to me many years ago and they resided in my china cabinet where I could see them often and use them. However, in 2012, my home was destroyed by a tornado and most of the precious, fragile and irreplaceable items my china cabinet contained were smashed to smithereens. I think this small cup I’ve shown here alongside the book came from my mother-in-law. It’s not like the delicate china that I lost, but inspires the same feelings of nostalgia for me.
This vase … I’m not even sure where I picked it up. I’m pretty sure it was a Target store clearance find. While it doesn’t have grooves or other unique features like the vases in the pic shown here in the book, it is still has that simplistic, versatile neutral design that I love.
This is one of a select few books I have right next to me on the coffee table at all times when sitting in the living room because I find myself often picking it up and flipping through it. I have even shown it to company when we’ve had people over because I’m so enthralled by it!
Do you hail from Scandinavian family heritage, like I do? Or even if you don’t, is Scandinavian interior design right up your alley? What do you love about it? Let’s discuss!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free of charge to facilitate review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.