Good morning! It’s getting wintry here. Yes, even in Houston, we have gotten an inch of snow this month. It hasn’t snowed here since 2008. That’s a big deal y’all!
If you are ready to get in the winter spirit, look North for inspiration. Scandinavian influenced design doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It’s no wonder, with it’s utilitarian beauty, calm tones and natural aesthetic. Here are some of my favorite Scandinavian blogs.
The Scandinavian home. The Scandi motherload. Each page is a delight to the senses – plenty of home tours, decor and gift ideas and cultural notes on how Scandinavians do cozy all year long.
Minna Jones is the queen of minimal, so minimal that she’s just a note above austere. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen a single color in her posts, other than the natural tones of the blonde wood she frequently features in her designs. Still, I am completely in love with her sensibility. Her rooms are clutter free, the balance of light and shadow makes her arrangements more like museum installations than home decor. Most intriguing to me is how stark her spaces are, yet there is still something inviting about them. I can picture myself preparing tea in her kitchen and sitting to relax in the living room.
Avenue lifestyle another minimal-leaning blogger, her designs are so refreshing and full of quirky ideas. I frequent her site most often for inspiration.
Valentina (of House of Valentina) and her family have recently relocated to the US after several years in Copenhagen and their stint in Europe had a big impact on her aesthetic. All of her spaces are sleek, but approachable. She incorporates black in unexpected ways, like kitchen cabinets, the floors, a bedroom wall, yet her rooms always look bright and inviting.
Slow design studio is another lovely blog and shop. Her posts feature photography that is heavy on texture, like the weave of fishing ropes and grains of wood, and her writing is a bit more soulful than most design blogs. She often delves into the feeling and mood behind design.
A couple of other sources for Scandinavian design inspiration …
Fantastic Frank is actually a real estate agency but their photos are magazine-worthy. Also, all of the properties are located in Stockholm and Berlin, so if you are like me and watch the travel channel for a vicarious peek into other peoples homes, you will love Fantastic Frank.
Vtwonen is a beautiful design magazine. Most of the articles are not in English but the images are incredible and showcase the top Scandinavian designers.