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Swedish Design Blog Roundup

In addition to my favorite Swedish design blogger Emma, I discovered a few more to add to my list and thought you’d like to see them. It’s so exciting to find all these beautiful blogs and to be introduced to decorating styles in other parts of the globe. Especially Sweden. Aren’t we forever fascinated with the Swedes?

Flitiga Myran – This blog is beautiful with its full-color massive eye candy and terrific links. From here I found TurQuoise, a charming boutique in Stockholm, that I’ll add to the decor8 shopping links.

Lantliv i stan has a very fresh organic vibe, awesome imagery, and more fantastic links to keep you clicking around for hours.

Spets och snor is another stunning blog. This lady seems to love flea market finds and the diy approach. The overall look is very Shabby Chic with a lot of white and frilly femininity, so it’s not for everyone, but I think it’s important to keep an open mind because sometimes you fall upon things you never knew you’d like until seeing them presented in a different way. Plus, there is a lot about this look that can be appreciated, the use of white as a foundation, slipcovered sofas and chairs really are practical if you have children/pets, poplin and linen are quite beautiful and good linen only improves with age (it’s like scotch!), incorporating pink into a room can be empowering (most ladies like this color anyway so why not?), and recycling flea market finds is good for the planet and your budget. It’s also a fun way to spend time outdoors for fresh air and exercise. This look also embraces the joy of turning trash into treasure, which is good for elevating self-esteem – many claim that a successful DIY project helps people cope with depression!

HOOM.STHLM is a blog I found via SFGirlByBay, and the huge bonus here is that this blogger posts in Swedish and English so we can follow along without feeling a bit lost. HS posted this living room image that will be etched in my brain forever. I love it.

Ljuvligt Hemma is another nice blog, I especially like how this blogger takes a room she finds (example here) in a magazine and then shows her readers how to create the room using items online. I love this idea because I’ve been thinking of a fun addition to decor8 that has to do with building rooms using things found online so maybe I’ll try something like this out on you. I don’t believe in copying a room 1:1 (not creative or challenging enough!), but I’m all for the idea of designing a space to create a certain look that you’re going for. I can use only items found online and I can mix in budget pieces as well. What do you think? Then I can archive them on a separate page for quick reference. Hmmm…

Cleo’s blog Inredningsbloggen shows this bloggers obsession with imagery, all that’s handmade, and intricately designed textiles. I can tell this lady loves to touch everything she comes in contact with! She recently blogged about Fiona Zobole, a textile artist in the UK that you must check out. The image above is one of her works.


And I’ve mentioned her already, but in case you missed the link, Emmas designblogg is my favorite Swedish blog because Emma is a really nice lady and she reaches out to a pretty broad audience since her blog is in both Swedish and English. We seem to share the same design aesthetic, another reason why I keep clicking back for more inspiration from the talented Emma. I found Kids Factory in Amsterdam via her blog, what a fantastic store for kids design.

I know I’ve missed a lot of other Swedish design blogs, so please comment with your favorites below so other readers can learn about them. Thank you!

Posted in blogs on July 25, 2007
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Bluelines: It’s Electric DIY Wallpaper Lanterns

Bluelines fashion editor Katie Hatch posted a fun how-to project It’s Electric: DIY Wallpaper Lanterns that you may want to check out. It’s a fun way to recycle those leftover bits of wallpaper that always remain after an installation.


Since she mentions her inability to confirm how safe they are (she only uses hers for parties while she’s awake), I suggest following only her template instructions on creating the actual lantern and skip the whole light part and hang them without lights to add some character to your space. You can string several around your kitchen or on the patio, for instance. Maybe you can create tiny ones and string them beneath the umbrella of your patio set? Or use twinkle lights (clear bulbs, white cord) and fashion a mini lantern around each one by hand. Okay that’s time consuming, but imagine the cuteness factor…

Click here to read more.

(images from bluelines)

Posted in Books + Magazines, lighting on July 25, 2007

Wanted: Interior Mags from Denmark/Sweden/Norway

Danielle posted on the Style Files about her interest in finding a swap partner for interiors magazines from Denmark & Sweden and I am actually looking for the same, including Norway, so I thought I’d post about it too.


If you’d like to swap with Danielle, she’ll give you some great Dutch magazines in return. If you’d be interested in swapping with me, I can send you magazines from America. Let us know if you are interested in swapping. For a Dutch swap, email danielle AT style-files.com or for an American swapmate, email me at decor8blog AT yahoo.com. If you are nervous about shipping costs to America, I’m more than willing to Paypal you for the shipping expenses. I’m thirsting for Bolig Liv or Boligmagasinet!

I like seeing the space of Danish actress and singer Xenia Lach-Nielsen (directly above in these three images) because she’s an art lover like I am and it looks like she’s into the works of collage artist Nanna Ask, which I have to say, after seeing her work, I’m a new fan. Great abstract characters and soft hues of pink, blue, green… What’s not to love?

(images from Boligmagasinet and Bolig Liv)

Posted in inspiration, small business on July 24, 2007

ferm LIVING now at Design Public (free shipping)!

I’ve blogged about my love for ferm LIVING over the winter after finding them in Elle Decor magazine, but back then you just couldn’t locate their papers in the states yet. When the Design Public newsletter hit my inbox today announcing that they’ve added FL wallpaper and wall decals to their store, I knew I had to blog it. I love seeing all the photos DP has on their site showing ferm in various living spaces, and I’ve added a few extra images from Elle Decor so you can see the popular feather wallpaper in an office space. It’s fantastic, and passes the “But will I like it next season?” test because well yes, I still like it very, very much.

ferm LIVING Feather wallpaper via Elle Decor and Design Public.

The Branch wallpaper looks really great on a single wall.
Click here for an oversized version of this picture.

Berry Black wall stickers and a bonus, a branch coat rack that I’m
sure most of us could DIY with a few metal brackets in a matter of
a few hours. There’s also a pattern much like the berries called branches.
Also the fantastic Kingflower and I like the sparrow wall stickers because
I think the gold pattern dazzles against these teal walls. If gold bling isn’t
your thing, opt for them in black or silver.

Rococo revival in the house! The black and white Kingflower wallpaper is
playful in its swirly motif. Looks like something from a ballroom, doesn’t
it? Click here for a huge image so you can view the details.

Psst: ferm LIVING has a blog, too! Also, for papers and stickers not on the Design Public website, you can order directly from ferm LIVING online. The advantage of ordering from Design Public though is that they offer free shipping and they are just really nice guys, so why not support them. :)

(images from elle decor and design public)

Posted in walls on July 24, 2007

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