Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fixer Upper Goes Scandinavian

Last night as I was relaxing and flipping channels, I came across HGTV's Fixer Upper. Although I appreciate the amazing design capabilities of Joanna Gaines, I'm not a huge fan personally, of the Farmhouse look  But this recent episode that featured the renovation and styling of a downtown Waco, TX loft, blew me away. Fixer Upper went Scandinavian! On previous shows, I've noticed Joanna Gaines using Scandinavian design touches such as ladders, streamlined shelving and natural materials like sheepskin and cowhide. Her home decor line, Hearth and Hand at Target stores also features many Danish-inspired accessories. She definitely has a unique eye for design. But here she outdid herself  and proved just how versatile she really is. Bravo for Fixer Upper going Scandinavian!

According to HGTV, Chip and Joanna Gaines "created a distinctive midmod-meets-urban-industrial vibe" for this downtown Waco loft, a far cry from what you typically see on a Fixer Upper episode. The client wanted something welcoming with an interplay of light and dark tones that allowed a more natural light flow throughout the space. Scandinavian design is all about light and airy spaces. Scandinavian modern interiors are often about reworking themes and materials already in use (industrial elements) but with striking simple lines and shades as in the furniture of Arne Jacobsen and Alvar Aalto. A contemporary way of life comes through in functional furniture, light materials and spacious architecture.

Some distinctively Scandinavian elements Joanna Gaines uses are the light wood planks, the modern styled fireplace, woven baskets and simple wooden hooks. Natural wood is very Finnish, Finland being the biggest timber nation in Scandinavia. The kitchen stools are reminiscent of CH56 stool designed by Hans Wegner.

Clear bubble vases are similar to what you would see in the House Doctor catalog.

Woven baskets, natural fiber throws and a light grey sectional are firmly in the Scandinavian style.

The pendant lamp in the living room is a mid-century Danish style.

Vintage-looking chrome and black leather chairs are modern elements often used in Scandinavian interiors.

The wall-mounted task light is reminiscent of the designs of Serge Mouille, often used in contemporary Nordic spaces.

Large round mirrors, chunky woolen throws and minimalist decor are indicative of Scandinavian design. Simple black-framed lettering and phrases are casually stacked.

Sources:, Photography:  Jennifer Boomer

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