Oct
01
2009
11

Attic Bliss In Stockholm

Here is some eye candy for you. This incredible attic apartment in Stockholm is owned by the interior architect and artist Carouschka Streijffert. I am going to keep quiet for a change and let you go through all the details yourself. Take your time.

Okay, just one comment! Let’s talk about books for a second. I do not know of one home in Sweden (unless they are somehow staged) where books are not prominent. Back home we surround ourselves with books and display them with pride. I get totally nervous when I don’t see books in a home. I am so pleased to be reading more and more about how formal living rooms in the US are fading away. People instead are opting for libraries. Yeah! I hope that trend stays!



Images via Skona Hem

Written by Splendid Willow in: Art & Antiques,DIY,Simply Swedish Style | Tags: , , ,

Sep
23
2009
13

Slow Deco

One of the leading interior design magazines in Sweden, Skona Hem, has come up with a new catchy name for the new design movement taking place right now (especially in Sweden where being current and environmentally correct are two key factors within design. Well actually with just about everything. It is a very progressive country I come from!).

The term they use is “Slow Decor”. A close relative to “Slow Cooking”. And it means design that is meant to last. Both from an esthetic and material standpoint. Invest for the future. Try to buy local. That is how people think and buy right now. (And if they don’t – maybe they should).

Yeah!!! I am slow!!! That is how I have always tried to decorate. (With an emphasis on try because this girl is far from perfect!). I prefer to save for a long time to get that perfect, classic object that my childrens’ children one day will appreciate rather than to buy a ton of trendy things that I will say goodbye to shortly.  (And here flea markets and auctions also come to play. Not everything has to be bought new and/or for a steep price tag if you only train your eye and add some patience and a little bit of luck).

Let’s take a look at the first picture again. Love it BTW ! An old Swedish table from the 18th c. holds a collection of “new” and old Swedish classics of different textures. I love the beautiful and decorative bowl and the lamp from the 60’s next to the small, so typical Swedish, hand carved wooden bird. Pleasing to the eye. And a good investment for the future.

The table  “Twin” has a reversible table top – black/birch. For every table made, a new tree is planted. I love the tall vintage striped (originally) lemonade glasses (I have to look for them when I go to Sweden next!) and the wonderful collection of classic plates from different eras. (Reminds me that I need to get my own mixed collection going).

Only classic pieces from different epochs mixed here. And a beautiful old Swedish mirror. Hey, who knew that an old tuba could be so decorative!

A Tripode lamp shares the room with a classic Divan and a book shelf made of large, sturdy paper rolls (!) and Velcro that you put together any way you want (by ReturDesign) . The room is filled with more classic accessories.

Textile art in blue by Verner Panton from 1966. The chair by Carl Malmsten from the 50’s is called “the lazy servant”.

The Tolomeo lamp is always “right” and it brings a nice contrast to Carl Malmsten’s table from the 50’s and the eco friendly bedding.

Mix people – and by smart!

All images from Skona Hem.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Simply Swedish Style | Tags: , , , ,

Aug
26
2009
4

I Like

I absolutely LOVE these colors and style combinations! Take note! Mix mix, less is more & create balance and harmony for the eye and the soul. And if you are going for color, rich muted color tones in purple, blue and green are part of the trend right now. If you want to play it safe: pick a good base color that you love and complement with a color that works well as a contrast.

I saw this one-of-a-kind yellow console table at a new, fun store in Stockholm and took some pictures myself. (I will share with you in an upcoming post). I am so in love with the old Swedish wooden plate.

The wooden bowl is moving in with me!

Images via Sköna Hem

Written by Splendid Willow in: Simply Swedish Style | Tags: ,

Aug
09
2009
--

Birds In The Guest Room

For you who have been following my blog you know that I am gearing up to revamp our guest bed room. All I know right now is that it is going to be white, fresh and crisp. The accent colors are still up in the air. But this new, lovely wall paper “Emma” by talented Emma Von Brömssen for Swedish Boråstapeter will likely be featured in a small area in the room. Maybe as an extended headboard.  I love the peacocks!

Written by Splendid Willow in: Home Goods & Accessories,Simply Swedish Style | Tags: ,

Aug
02
2009
8

Lovely White

Hello blog friends! I am back after a few weeks off filled with pure summer bliss. I am rested and happy and I hope the same goes for you. I have missed you all but was often reminded of your wonderful existence through your lovely and kind e-mails. Thank you!

I live in a big house, with many rooms but no single white wall in sight! How is that even possible? I am a true Swede after all and have cocooned in white rooms most of my life. In my house I have chosen muted colors (and a lot of light gray) that all flow nicely together but I really miss a white atmosphere. Especially after my trip to Sweden.

So my goal for the next few weeks is to do my own guest bedroom makeover with white as the prime shade. Who knows where this exercise will take me. I might just keep on going!

Images above from Sköna Hem

2 last images from Livingetc.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Art & Antiques,Lovely Rooms,Simply Swedish Style,The Best of Sweden | Tags: , ,

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