Swedish Inspiration

A friend reminded me last week about Sweden being a design inspiration beyond what goodies they gift us at IKEA. Not that IKEA isn’t AMAZING. I friggin’ love IKEA and frequently can be found wandering the aisles while claimed by “Acute IKEA Blindness” (i.e. when you go to IKEA, seemingly black out from the overwhelming choices and then resume consciousness in your car amongst a pile of purchases you don’t need like $2 wine glasses, potato peelers, toilet scrubbers, bath mats, packs of 5 zillion tea lights, vases, random chairs, desk lamps and frozen meatballs.) But I digress. I think Swedish interiors are the perfect inspiration for the new year, being so crisp and bright with the air of a fresh start. Hardly formulaic though, you can decorate using inspiration from either a more modern manner or with antique, Gustavian inspired pieces. Or better yet, combine both!


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  1. I’m hoping the photo of the beautiful grey kitchen is a restaurant. Otherwise, HOLY WINE GLASSES!!!

    Loving the all-white furniture- how aspirational!

  2. This comment is totally off topic – but I wanted to say a big thank you for the tip on the Frye-look-a-like boots at Target. I’m a newbie to your blog and while browsing the archives I came across your post awhile back. I promptly called my nearby Target stores and was able to reach a most helpful woman named Laurie in the Framingham store who patiently looked for them and found my size (which is rare in any shoe store!). I am now the proud owner of a pair of 5.5s and am so thrilled! Thanks for that and all the great style tips and your down to earth design inspiration! Best of luck with the new studio space!

  3. what a fabulous collection of Swedish style! Especially loving that kitchen with the marble benchtops and the room eith the black and white seat cushions. All so sleek, yet inviting!

  4. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon your page but I’m bookmarking and following it! Picture after picture of beautiful rooms! And your new years eve outfits were stunning as well-

  5. I adore the kitchen with the golden accents. I’m hoping to bring home a thrift store dresser tomorrow that will need a bit of a makeover. That photo is now the direction in which it will be heading.

  6. Clue me into IKEA. If I remember correctly they have very few stores in the US. And the thought of ordering was cost prohibitive. So where and how can I shop with them?

  7. While I love all these gorgeous white pics, I have an extremely Swedish sister-in-law whose house and homes in Sweden look nothing like this. She definitely favours light clean floors but has interesting bold pops of colour all over her house, even her couch is green!

  8. Hi Erin,

    I am trying to find some fabulous wallpaper to put in my dining room. I absolutely love the black on black floral wallpaper posted above (in your Swedish post). Can you let me know who the designer is? Love your blog!!! -Heather

  9. Hi Erin,
    Happy New Year! I love so much of this post on white. Especially after all the color overload during the holidays, I’m ready for a fresh white start….thanks also for the great links…very helpful. Lisa

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