Posts Tagged ‘scandi-chic’

Lunchtime lust: Scandi chic

November 16, 2010

Cool in summer, cooler still in winter, Scandi chic (and it’s closest pal, ski-chalet style) appeal to our classic home instints. Sometimes embracing the less-is-more mantra, with simplistic pared-back design and at others going all-out on striking pattern from wallpapers to soft furnishings, you can never accuse the Scandinavians of being boring. Quirky, yes (see the crazy winter advertising campaigns from Ikea) but dull, never.

Lusting this lunchtime comes courtesy of Ideal Home, and starts with a POW-factor moment…

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

You say pattern, I say wow! Pattern! Wow! Enough of that… A bold blue-based floral wallpaper adds depth to this space, while the lively mix-n-match printed cushions lift the inky-blue mood.

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Bleached wooden floorboards, metal Tolix chairs updated with graphic-print seat pads, ice-white gloss kitchen… one wintry wonderland. I think I have created a kitchen shopping list, in a picture.

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Looking for fun and functional hallway decorating ideas? A sky-blue cabinet by the front door hides shoes, while a full-length modern floral curtain keeps draughts at bay.

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Clean up a bathroom with water-inspired painted surfaces, plain-white tiling and a countertop ceramic sink. Enamel details and a painted wooden stool (for child-friendly sink access) are the perfect finishing touches.

If you want to transform your house into a modern winter palace, like this, find more inspiration at Housetohome.co.uk.

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Friday’s Fetish: Scandinavian-style decorating

April 16, 2010

Unpretentious, easy going and laid back, Scandinavian-style decorating shares its qualities with someone you’d like to meet at a summer garden party!

And if there’s one person who knows everything about decorating the Scandi-chic way, it’s  Sara Norrman (managing editor of Livingetc) who celebrates the best of Nordic interior style in Simply Scandinavian, a book by Ryland Peters and Small, and a book which, I’m ashamed to say, quite LITERALLY, made my mouth water.

roomenvy - simply scandinavian style

roomenvy - simply scandinavian style (photograph Paul Ryan © Ryland Peters & Small)

It’s not online I’m afraid, so I’ve pestered the publishers for the pictures (I’m determined to share the love!) plus, I’m so happy to see that design sponge is just as excited about it. Here are some of my favourite schemes from the book. Scandinavian-style lusters, UNITE!

roomenvy - Nordic garden room

roomenvy - Nordic garden room (photograph Andrew Wood © Ryland Peters & Small)

I love this modern Finnish living room, packed with stylish and practical furniture pieces, among the forest trees.

roomenvy - shabby-chic home office

roomenvy - shabby-chic home office (photograph Lisa Cohen © Ryland Peters & Small)

This is my favourite style of Scandinavian decorating ‘Swedish Vintage’ – rustic accessories and shabby-chic home office furniture teamed with statement chairs for a quirky feel.

roomenvy - living room library

roomenvy - living room library (photograph Paul Massey © Ryland Peters & Small)

I love the wall-to-ceiling shelving with gaps allowing light to shine through.

Oooh, p.s. if anyone has any questions about Scandinavian-style decorating, feel free to email me. I work with Sara and I’m sure she’d be happy to answer any of your questions – plus it would give me an excuse to chat about all things shabby-chic!

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