Inspired by Skona Hem

December 11, 2008

I’m feeling VERY creative lately, I think it’s due to the friends I’ve made here in Germany (and in other countries nearby) and being around so many ladies who are so into all things handmade, it’s absolutely inspiring. All of my friends are making something by hand and I find it very motivating too. I really love life in northern Germany, it’s not perfect in any country but I’m satisfied with what I have and the things I’ve been exposed to. Wonderful!

Another thing that has been fueling my creativity lately is the access that I have to so many different cultures, I don’t even have to leave Germany for this but when I do it feels almost surreal to hop over the border to another country because I’m American and when we leave our state we are still in America (unless we go up to Canada or down to Mexico of course). It’s so different on this side of the pond and I’m enjoying it immensely. I was at the train station the other day and nearly fainted when I saw a train boarding for Moscow. As in Russia. That is one train I cannot take in New Hampshire! :) I traveled up to Stockholm last year for under $100 round trip and felt so appreciative of that opportunity as I’d wanted to see Sweden for most of my life. I love America but I am really having fun with this experience!

Speaking of travel and Stockholm in particular, I always think of Skona Hem magazine and their glorious monthly spreads, they feature mostly Scandinavian homes that are very impressive and I wonder how they never seem to run out of gorgeous pads to feature given that Scandinavia is not that large. But they continue to publish beautiful places… here are a few to inspire you today.

Psst: Skona Hem has a blog so you can keep up with what’s going on in the world of Swedish design.

(images from skona hem)


  • Reply Tabitha (From Single to Married) December 11, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Wow – beautiful is right! I love seeing European homes because they’re often so different from here (America). I recently watched a show where a girl was house hunting in the Netherlands I believe, and I was amazed at the housing market and what the apartments looked like! And I though here in DC it was expensive!! :)

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  • Reply Ann December 11, 2008 at 11:41 am

    As I get closer and closer to moving to Germany myself, one of the things that excites me is going to the train station and seeing those signs. Earlier this year I was in the Munich train station and was just in awe of all of the places on the boards. I think that’s why I love airports and train stations so much. I love to see where people are going. I love seeing people who just came from some place or are heading someplace. It makes it so real. To think that just hours ago, or in a few hours they will be somewhere. It makes the world seem so much more attainable. I love it.

    I live in Florida now and it almost takes longer for me to get to Georgia than it will take me to get to multiple COUNTRIES when we move to Germany. Actually, when I lived there when I was younger, I loved that I lived closer to Disneyland Paris from Germany than I used to live to Disney World even though I lived in Florida.

    I also love the window display photo in the post. Beautiful.

    Anns last blog post: Holidays Around the World

  • Reply Luphia December 11, 2008 at 11:44 am

    these rooms are so gorgeous! i love a beautiful white room :)

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  • Reply Jennifer December 11, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I used to feel like I wanted all of my walls painted with some kind of color, but the more I see white being the main ‘star’, the more I like it! It’s so clean and simple and it lets some negative space breathe and open up the flow of the room.

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  • Reply Diann December 11, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I love these pictures, especially the top two. I’ve been wanting to stain our oak hardwood floors in a dark color…I’m so sick of the yellowish color. I’ve met with a lot of resistance on this..I think those pictures will help my cause! Has anyone else done this with good results?

    Dianns last blog post: Christmas Stocking Extra Large Reds and Gold

  • Reply diana baur December 11, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I love Swedish design. When we lived in Northern Germany, we spent many mid sommar in Skanar, on the southwestern coast of Sweden. My very dear friend Laurie (we met in Language School in HH) and I went up one time and hit a couple of auctions on the coast line and also a couple of glass and pottery outlets. Holly, so much of your beautiful design feels similar to me to what one might find in the country side in Sweden. I loved also going to Copenhagen, a GREAT design city, which was REALLY easy from Hamburg with the ferry train. Scandinavia has a really deep and rich design culture which also concerns itself with livability. IKEA is not successful just by coincidence, I think — it touches a livability nerve in almost everyone.

    Your comment about the train to Russia brought to mind a moment when I was standing on a platform in Berlin with my sis (who was visiting from Philly) to catch a train back to Hamburg — going in the opposite direction was a train going to Poland. My sister was like, hey, Di, where the **** am I????? :)

  • Reply Alicia December 11, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Sometimes I think of how awesome it is in Europe where the countries are so small and in a matter of a few hours you can be somewhere else. I still do think it’s awesome, but when you think of it relative to the US, it’s not so bad. We don’t think it’s as cool because it’s all one country, but our one country has it all. In the same time you can go from Germany to the Netherlands, you can drive here from the seacoast to the mountains. And each reigon of our country has a different culture, as well. So, even though I would much rather live in the EU, sometimes I think that even though the US isn’t divided up into different countries with different languages, we have all the diversity here, both in people and in land, too. =)

    Alicias last blog post: first snow

  • Reply Diane December 11, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Oh my! Those windows are to die for! *Swoon*

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  • Reply Sam December 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    these rooms all have such gorgeous light..I’m so tempted to repaint some rooms white in my house.

    Sams last blog post: A Gingerbread Holiday

  • Reply Julie December 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    My parents and youngest brother lived outside of Munich not to long ago and were DEVASTATED when they had to come back to the US. Luckily, I managed to get in a nice long trip to visit them before they left! They still pine for their lifestyle over there!!

    Julies last blog post: Highly Annoying

  • Reply Juste December 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    white is m
    the color of my dream house..i hope i will have someday something similar… just dream

  • Reply karina December 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Another terrific site!

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  • Reply Meg December 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I live in Stockholm and Skona Hem is the best design magazine and there are quite a few… Good pick!

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