Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The European Farmhouse Style

 Milieu Magazine

If you've been on Instagram or tumblr recently, you know how popular the farmhouse design style is. Ever since Joanna Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper made it an accessible trend, it is everywhere. Although Joanna incorporates some elements that are found in European design styles, her style is largely American, drawing from her Texas roots. You'll often find kitschy sayings and signs, artificial plants and overly cute objects and decor. In a European farmhouse interior, there is a polished and unrestrained elegance that distinguishes itself from the American approach. Nothing is artificial or garish. You'll find fresh flowers, branches from the yard, unpolished metals and natural linens. It is rustic, neutral and a tad bit masculine. The woods are raw and unfinished. The fabrics are loose and full of texture. There is a sign of age that conveys a ruggedness and imperfection. It is approachable and easy to relax in. Overall, it is organic and natural. Aging is welcomed and reflected in patinas on metals, scratches on wood, texture on walls and imperfections on vintage pieces.  

 Fleaing France

This European Farmhouse Style is an aesthetic that you can easily replicate with simple touches. Add texture with natural woolens, linens and baskets. Use muted colors that closely reflect the outdoors. Don't worry about blemishes on furniture. Incorporate collected pieces from flea markets and hand-me-downs that are timeless. Don't hesitate to feature painted furniture and layers of rugs. Keep things loose by using slipcovers. The result will be an approachable, tranquil space that is comforting, classic and timeless.

Bread & Olives  |  Sheepy Hollows

Bread & Olives

Seizoen & Stijl

 Fleaing France

Marili Forastieri  |  My Fair Lily

 Chateau Domingue



 Modern Country

 Lobster and Swan

Sheepy Hollows  |  My Country Living

 Fleaing France


 Megs Old Farmhouse


 Seizoen & Stijl

 Seizoen & Stijl

 Le Blog D'Interior's

 Marili Forastieri

 Maddy and Summer

 Megs Old Farmhouse

 And All Shall Be Well

Friday, February 1, 2019

10 Scandinavian Interior Decor Obsessions


I've been obsessing over some amazing interior decor objects I've been noticing in Scandinavian interiors. Unfortunately, U.S. retailers haven't caught up to some of these trends. Some decor pieces are new to the interior design scene and others have been around for awhile. Regardless, my heart skips a beat when I stumble upon them on Instagram or Tumblr. Just thought I'd share some of my most recent Scandinavian Interior Decor Obsessions with you, in case you want to obsess along with me!


Obsession number 1:  Bamboo, rattan or metal framed, fabric shade pendant lights from Ay Illuminate. Ay Illuminate is a Dutch-owned company that works with artisans from challenged or developing countries to create unique products. I just love the organic, global feel. The Swedish home decor company, Interiörboden also makes several versions of this amazing suspended pendant light with a metal body and course natural linens.



@the_estate_trentham | @sandrashem

Obsession number 2:  I have been swept away by these hanging seagrass tapestries. Their tropical vibe and laid back attitude bring a little boho glamour to any room. From W.A.Green London

@nienkesplace | @biancas_wohnlust
Obsession number 3:  I've found the ultimate Hygge chairs. I've fallen in love with these stunning sheepskin covered lounge chairs. The Little Petra Chair designed by Denmark's architect Viggo Boesen has a soft, organic aesthetic. The overstuffed Tired Man Chair by Flemming Lassen has a curved bearlike shape that looks warm and cozy. These embody the essence of what a lounge chair should be.

designdelicatessen | @bylassen
Obsession number 4:  Icelandic long-haired sheepskin. This soft, plush and luxurious wool is definitely an eye-catcher! Natural and wild, it adds so much texture to a space. The texture of the wool is the result of the sheep adapting over the centuries to the harsh Icelandic landscape and climate. I especially love the natural greys, blacks and browns.



VACHT VAN VILT | nordsgn
Obsession number 5:  Little ball vases from Cooee Design of Sweden. They come in a number of colors, however, white is my favorite. They are hand-painted in a matte palette. They look so delicate and soft!

Obsession number 6:  Vintage looking garden scissors were everywhere this past Christmas right alongside natural looking Christmas wrap, twine and rustic decor. I love the added antique touch they add.

@interiorboden | @hegeinfrance | @emilianuusikuu
Obsession number 7:  From Ferm Living, comes the delicate yet stylish Balance candle holder. They come in three different finishes. I just love their simple geometric style.

ferm living  |  These Four Walls
Obsession number 8:  Hanging metal mobile candle holders and circular static candle holders are all the rage in Scandinavian interiors. They are simple, sculptural and minimal.



@kristinadamstudio  |  @interiorboden
Obsession number 9: As a Fine Artist, I am really appreciating all of the abstract black and white art I'm seeing. It is graphic, simple and minimalist, consisting mainly of plain shapes and lines. I especially love the uncomplicated and fluid abstract nudes.




 The Poster Club


Obsession number 10:  The classic cross-pattern everything! From blankets and pillows to wall art and textiles, the classic Swiss cross design is a huge hit in Nordic interiors. I can't get enough of it!


Pinterest  |  by Lisette
VOSGESPARIS  |  @jamiekaystore

Thanks for obsessing along with me!

Monday, January 7, 2019

The House on the Göta River

Overlooking the Göta River in Gothenburg, Sweden is a building constructed in 1947 in the functionalist style, an airy urban plan developed in the 1930's at the Stockholm Exhibition. House number 6 is one residence within this stately structure. It is overflowing with a radiant light from its large windows framed with elegant black marble. High ceilings and large floor plans are trademarks of the functionalist style, giving this home a feeling of freedom and a connection with the magical river below. The interior is simple, clean and efficient, decorated in a minimalist style with light and airy furnishings. The style is practical without the heavy use of elements, only what is needed is used. Linen, woven baskets, sheepskin and light woods are the primary materials. Throws and blankets are layered creating a warm textured look. Modern prints, pale white walls and light parque floors are signature Scandinavian. This stunning house on the Göta River has distinguishing features of the Swedish design style that are not only functional but inviting, warm and elegant.

Source: | Photos: Janne Olander Interior
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