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Inspired by Bolig Magazine

April 15, 2010

I was hopping around Facebook today to check in on some of my friends and noticed this terrific link to Bolig that Tiger posted. And then down the rabbit hole I fell into the beautiful Scandinavian interiors featured in Bolig magazine online. Here are some views into some of my favorite rooms which make me all the more excited to move into a new flat and decorate!

Inspired by Bolig Magazine

I have so many ideas for my new space that I want to execute soon — my dream is to find a flat soon enough so that I can decorate it and include it in my decorating book that will be out next spring. So the apartment search continues but I am hopeful because hey, I have to find a place sooner or later. Be positive, right?!

Inspired by Bolig Magazine

Inspired by Bolig Magazine

Aren’t these spaces so clean and lovely? If you’d like to join in on the drool fest and leave some of your thoughts below please do — I’d love to know what room you like the best and why, what elements you see that you’d like to try at home, etc.

I like the bold yellow in the kitchen above, the light wood floors (and the white ones, swoon!), the “ruler” table runner (did you spy that too?), the giraffe art, the shelf over the bed, and the shiny black smeg fridge. :)

(images: bolig magazine)


  • Reply gina April 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I do believe the second to last image is most attractive to me~ the mix of seating looks effortless and the bench with pillows, so cozy~ it would seem that using pillows at a dining table would not be worth the maintenance, but it would make you want to stay at the table longer….I love to stay and chit-chat after meal ( and avoid doing dishes :). Thanks for bringing bolig to us.
    .-= gina´s last blog ..Distracted Fun =-.

  • Reply Kathi @ allthingswhite April 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

    wow- it is hard to pick just a few elements in this lovely post, they all inspire me! but once again, I think all of the white, the clean lines and the dollops of color are just my favorite way to decorate. and I so want white wood floors in my bedrooms, perhaps one day. thanks for another morning of inspiration- Kathi
    .-= Kathi @ allthingswhite´s last blog ..Vintage Wee Shoes =-.

  • Reply Lori April 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Love the clean, airy feel. Was that a refrigerator in the top photo? It almost looks (probably just from the photo, I suppose) flat, like it’s been built into the wall???
    .-= Lori´s last blog friendly DIY wednesday =-.

  • Reply Masha April 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Oh, I like the living room with the grey sofa – I love rooms with very minimalist basic materials, colors and shapes (white wall, wooden floor…) and then adding some vintage details (like the wall clock and the big basket on the floor) and bright spots of color like the pillow…
    .-= Masha´s last blog ..Minimalist Shopping =-.

  • Reply jessica April 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

    i love that clock in the last picture.

  • Reply Maimy April 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Hehe I love the ruler runner too :) actually I love that whole dining set up, it looks somehow cosy despite all the white — and I am a sucker for a nice gathering of mismatched seating! x
    .-= Maimy´s last blog ..Handbags, ladybirds, rubber stamps, blossoms… =-.

  • Reply Sara LeeAnn April 15, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I am in love! Particularly with that retro, black refrigerator in the first image.
    .-= Sara LeeAnn´s last blog ..BUBBLEGUM =-.

  • Reply Rachel B. April 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

    The space with the little chalkboard easel looks so amazing! I have four children and it is hard to keep my decor clean and simple.. I would love to be able to incorporate fun kid’s elements and still have the room look grown up.
    .-= Rachel B.´s last blog ..Polaroid Camera Giveaway! =-.

  • Reply laura trevey April 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I am overwhelmed with these beautiful spaces…. so much inspiration.
    I love the oversized clock on the wall ~~
    .-= laura trevey´s last blog ..Thursday Giveaway =-.

  • Reply Tammy Moore April 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Yum! One thing I noticed is that many of the rooms have bookcases/drawers lifted off the floor. That’s so interesting to me! I especially love the idea in a playroom/library (the third photo). I also love all the color against white. I can’t pull it off (I can’t live in white walls – too many years of cheap apartments!), but I think I should add more white to my decor as a balance. TFS!
    .-= Tammy Moore´s last blog ..Events this Saturday =-.

  • Reply juliette April 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I saw the ruler table runner in last year’s H&M home collection and just went over to see if they still have it. On the German website, under Sale and Home you can still buy the placemats at 2 Euro for 2.
    .-= juliette´s last blog ..Roadtrip 2010: dream Helsinki =-.

  • Reply michelle April 15, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I’m sending good vibes your way that you will find the perfect place soon. If your decorating plans for the new place look anything like these photos I might beg you to rent your spare bedroom :)
    .-= michelle´s last blog ..We just long for a bungalow… =-.

  • Reply Brigitte April 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

    The second to last is calling to me. My favorite place in my home is spread out at my dining room table, with magazines, notebooks and my laptop. And, music playing of course. I can imagine myself at that table.
    .-= Brigitte´s last blog ..Chicago in Bloom =-.

  • Reply Christine A. April 15, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I love the natural lighting ~ I also like the white walls..both really make the limited colors and blacks really stand out in beautiful way. I just got through repainting my studio walls with white and it has made all the difference:) I like the image of the desk and prints.
    I have an idea for a future post. As I mentioned I am in the process of reorganizing my art studio. It’s rather small size ( 5′ x 12′) has made it tricky to make the space both beautiful and functional. A post showcasing modest or odd size art studios or craft rooms would be a great source of inspiration for some of us artists in the process of Spring cleaning our spaces:)

  • Reply Marlene April 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Love the open spaces. Please, where can I find a clock like the one in the last picture?
    .-= Marlene´s last blog ..I Heart Etsy – The Cute Institute =-.

  • Reply Lucia April 15, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I can´t stop diving into the blog magazine, what a discover!!
    From your selected images I love the light how comes from the window in the roof, the light floors, the open spaces but yet cozy and the details in bright colors. I also like how they use black everywhere but they keep it warm. I don´t know how they do it!!

  • Reply alli/hooray April 15, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Very inspiring – love all of the white + natural light with pops of color (and that cute, cute giraffe print).
    PS. Good luck with your continued apt search. Your positive attitude is infectious!

  • Reply Ludmila {} April 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Oh a wooden floor is definitely the first thing which describes Scandinavian style. Love the living room with the gray sofa and the beautiful antique clock, I think it’s my favorite image…
    .-= Ludmila {}´s last blog ..Color+Inspiration: Emerald Green =-.

  • Reply Iva April 15, 2010 at 10:40 am

    This is heaven!! Thank you so much for the link, now I have something to do on this rainy afternoon :)

    p.s. the ruler table runner is awesome! :)
    .-= Iva´s last blog ..Lovely =-.

  • Reply Solvi April 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    The clock in the last picture is from Habitat:

    I love that yellow kitchen too. There is a few more pictures of it here:
    It’s so nice that they have kept the original kitchen from the 1953, the article says the house belonged to the grandparent of the current owner. Every house/apartment from the 1950s/early 1960s here in Norway had that same kitchen and most of them were torn out years ago. They were made of solid wood and were extremely durable. I haven’t seen any yellow ones before this one, they were often in typical mid-century colors, muted blues/greens/greys. Here is a good example (from the exhibits at Norsk Folkemuseum (The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History):

    I had a similar kitchen in an apartment I rented years ago, unfortunately they had painted it an awful 1980s pink!

  • Reply lady a. April 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    This “rough” wooden floor is fantastic. I wish I had something like that in my home instead of the carpet.

  • Reply Adri April 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. The clock in that last picture – swoon! Does anyone know where it’s from? And I love the bookcases in the 3rd image down – the way they are off the floor. Love it!

  • Reply Tod April 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    the room with all the yellow accents is beautiful! i love how fresh and bright and clean it looks!! i will have to go and check them out!! thanks for sharing!!
    .-= Tod´s last blog ..Whats In Your Queue? =-.

  • Reply gretchenmist/belinda April 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    i love the big windows, clean white walls and the beautiful giraffe painting!
    good luck with your search :)
    .-= gretchenmist/belinda´s last blog creative space . making prints =-.

  • Reply Mindi April 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    good luck searching!! my bf and i looked at over 100 apartments last year in our search, there was a LOT of crap out there! we are so glad we invested the time though and stayed positive because we are now ridiculously happy in our home :)
    .-= Mindi´s last blog ..New Year, New Blog! =-.

  • Reply Paulette April 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    There’s something to like in each of the photos . . . I especially like the white wooden floors and when I finally own a place, I hope I can do the floors in shiny white paint. I also love the salon style groupings of art, which is how I tend to hang work. And I’m hoping to get an IKEA Expedit bookshelf soon, which is similar to the bookshelf in the second pix . . .I think it will be both a good organizing tool and a good space for “still lifes” in my office/bedroom.
    .-= Paulette´s last blog ..Look! (4-11-10) =-.

  • Reply Elaine April 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I love the red cabinets in the first photo. So fun!

  • Reply judit April 16, 2010 at 12:13 am

    i LOVE it!! I really like this style – its very European. Very sunny,friendly ,casual – i don’t like drama:)

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente April 16, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Ooh….these are lovely and so inspirational. I hope you find a place soon enough for it to be included in your book too! I am always so inspired by your personal taste and spaces. That image with the giraffe art? Gorgeous…I love it.. Thanks for the inspiration today sweet Holly!
    .-= Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog ..The little things: Aqua & peaches…. =-.

  • Reply Jolette April 16, 2010 at 2:54 am

    This rocks! Scandinavian décor style is just the best. Do you know Normann Copenhagen? Great pieces there.
    .-= Jolette´s last blog ..Dressed to a tee =-.

  • Reply becky April 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I love the red cabinets and the oversized clock. Mostly I love how they all seem to balance in just the right dose of color in the light, bright spaces. I need a Swede to come over to my house and edit for me!
    .-= becky´s last blog ..A New Housewife? =-.

  • Reply Amy April 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I love the giraffe art! I need that!

  • Reply manette April 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I love the red counters, black fridge and stainless steel island surrounded by white walls and floors with little pops of color here and there.

  • Reply Genelle April 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

    What a beautiful home! Love the white-washed floors! Normally I don’t love all white walls (my house was like that when I moved in… now it’s a rainbow of warm colors!), but this is a bright, refreshing space. Lots of natural light! I want to rent this space for a couple of weeks!

    .-= Genelle´s last blog ..Mini Cards, Green and Brown =-.

  • Reply Carla April 21, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I adore the giant clock and the compass rose on the ceiling in the living room. I love it all, the colors the light, everything. Great post!

  • Reply AmyPunky Photography April 29, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    OMG!! This is like my dream house!!!!

  • Reply Martine Vianen September 18, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Dear Holly,
    You got so many comments, I hope you have the time to read them all.
    You are a great example for so many bloggers.
    I love what you do and these pictures are so great again. Thanks for all you blogpost!

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