Simply Scandinavian

I just purchased Simply Scandinavianby Sara Normann. What a page turner this design book is! I really recommend it. I could scan (didn’t find any of these images on-line) pictures all day long to share with you. Here are a few that made my eyes extra large and teary with joy.

Ok, this is my favorite image in the book. I am borderline jealous (even if I don’t have a jealous bone in my body). The cabinet in the background (be prepared now) was found on a beach in Denmark! It is an old safety box used by swimmers to deposit their valuables! Paired with Arne Jacobsen’s table and chairs, I think I am about to faint. I love it all!

Maybe a little on the boring side to some. But I love bedrooms that are calm and serene. Love the simple details including the striped pillows and box spring and the old portrait and bedside table.

Count the objects in this image? Not very many! But the eye can rest in this room and focus on quality rather than quantity.

Love this room with the two sofas facing each other! Look at those large windows! And the two different light fixtures (one propped up on pile of magazines!).

A calm & neutral room with many old classics gets some added color with a striking wall art piece by Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke. I love big and unexpected art pieces.

When I see all these images – I just want to book a large container and get rid of half of my house. The older I get – the more I appreciate less. Less is so beautiful in my book.

Happy weekend to you all, friends!



  • The minimalist in me loves these images!

  • oh I’m in love with that cabinet! found it on a beach?! wow take me there! xo

  • Janell Beals says:

    Love the chic pared down look of this style…and what?!?! That cabinet was found on a beach, now there is a story…how did it get there?!

  • Tina says:

    Love all the images and WISH I had found that cabinet! :-)

    Happy thursday to you!

  • Greet says:

    What a gorgeous book !!! I will see if I can order it!

  • Kavya Manoj says:

    I like the image where 2 sofas are facing each other and those large windows opening up to greenery. Wow! I am already there mentally :)

  • o sweetheart. NOT a boring bedroom at all! absolutely wonderful. the white walls, the spare sensibility. love. the artwork makes several of these rooms, don’t you think? wonderful post. I may go white yet…

  • Hello friends! I am sorry I have not been so blog alert with my comments in the last few days. I have been busier than ever. But I have not forgotten any of you! You will all hear from me shortly. A warm hug, Mon

  • Just gorgeous images. Need to check out this book…

  • Charlotta says:

    Wonderful wonderful wonderful! All of it. The book, your selections and your wonderful guide-through. I love seeing things through your eyes. x

    Yes, that is definitely a book for the library. I have already added this post to my treasure chest and will purchase it when we are settled in Sweden. Marshall would die if I picked up any more books before the move.. :}

    Sorry I haven’t emailed you back. Am crazy busy too after having been away. All is well and I am thinking of you daily. Will write soon.

    For now, I am sending you a bunch of big warm Swedish sisterly hugs!!

    xx C

  • Charlotta says:

    P.S. the ’12-pin chairs’ in the last pick have made me love sick!..

  • Julie says:

    Hi Monika
    Well.. I think I will grow a jealous bone just to be jealous of that great cabinet find.. I had a lovely antique cupboard I rescued from the rain.. and silly me gave it away… now I miss it.. haha.. But.. enough of that.. I love the simplicity of this bedroom.. they say it is the best way to get good rest.. to keep it simple and uncluttered… but what I love about this room is somehow it is not too ‘spare’ .. still has a lovely grounded feeling.. must be the earth tones and natural timber ..

    Thank you for your kind birthday wishes.. you’re the best!! xxx Julie

  • mon — i cannot believe that they found that beautiful baby on a beach of all places! seriously i must be hanging out in all the wrong spots because there are no antiques where i’m swimming. thank you for your sweet comment yesterday — you’re the best! have a great weekend, love!

  • Piper says:

    My jaw is literally on the floor right now…they found that on the beach??? I must be going to the wrong beaches! Wow, I can’t even imagine stumbling across something that cool!

    Have a great weekend :)

  • maryann says:

    greetings from sunny california! i just happened to browse the pages of that book last night at barnes and noble…aren’t they something? have a great weekend…verbena california

  • Åh…. WOW vilka underbara bilder! Jag ÄLSKAR bilden högst upp med det långa vackra bordet och de där “to die for” stolarna från Wagner. DE vill jag ha!! Står högst på min önskelista!

    Hoppas allt är bra med dig! Här jobbas det på för fullt och hinner dåligt med allt det andra “roliga”.

    Största kramen från Jenny

  • Vilken underbar bok! Hur har jag kunnat missa den? Massor av tack för all inspiration.

  • Hi Monika. Why is it that SOME people find beautiful cabinets washed up on the beach or an antique lamp tossed on the curb, but all I seem to find on the ground are pennies or nickels? Perhaps I need to get out more and really LOOK for fallen treasure? This book is BRILLIANT and I am with you about the bedroom ~ it is the perfectly serene. I am in the throes of a bedroom re-do and have been struggling with the idea of something bold (think bed coronet, massive drapes) versus something very simple. I think the fact that I stopped writing and took a break to come and have a look at your post today suggests to me that it is the latter. Thank you for the inspiration!
    xx P&H

  • Oooooh..! It’s been on my list for a little while, and now that I know you like it, I will definitely have to get it!

    I hope you are having a most wonderful weekend, dear friend!


  • WillowDecor says:

    Great book! I must order it!!

  • Jenna says:

    Ohhh I think I have to locate this book….I love love love what I see!

  • Federica says:

    Oh I truly love scandinavian style! Amazing!

  • There’s something beautiful about round circular lines. It can symbolize so many things about life and relationships.


  • heidi says:

    I agree, some really interesting pieces of art. It’s nice to see original stuff rather than prints all the time.

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