Speaking of Klippan in my earlier post showing pillows from Frances Rose, their table linens are also worth a mention because they’re perfectly Scandinavian in all the ways we love. Simple yet elegant with bold colors and adorable patterns against white or linen.
I figured out why Scandinavian designs appeal to me just recently when I thought about why I liked them so much. And I think it’s just part of my nature to always ask why, as I’m constantly looking to know more about the world around me and I’m not scared to admit it when I don’t know. I believe that asking questions is the only way to understand the world around us, and that sounds like the most reasonable thing in the world, but oddly most don’t ask. They assume. Or they just don’t go there.
It’s almost like we come into this world asking our parents, “Why is the sky blue?” and “How are babies made?” and then we reach this point somewhere around 11 or 12 years old where we start to become independent and asking just isn’t cool. We take this into our adult life because we’re told that asking shows that we don’t know the answer and we never should admit something so tragic as not holding ultimate knowledge! It’s this thing we have about asking for help that I think is rooted more in our fear of losing independence somehow. Like asking means needing help and needing help shows weakness. Not true! When it comes to design, I’m asking myself more and more the question, why? Understanding if I genuinely like something by asking why helps me to explore that. Is this making sense? Am I taking things too seriously?
Whether I am or not, I still asked myself why I liked Scandinavian patterns. Is it because every other blogger does? Or because we’re seeing them everywhere? There’s no doubt that peer opinions are strong influences because it’s part of our nature to want to be a part of the crowd. (Have you heard of influencer marketing?) But I discovered that I really do like Scandinavian patterns and traced this back to my childhood because my grandmother had them everywhere in her home.
I like patterns that are geometric, orderly, like apples in a row or beads or lines. (Also explains my interest in Japanese fabrics and the latest collage art techniques out there.) And I like the images to be somewhat cute or strong and bold (think of Sanna Annukka) or a bit more free form and organic (Lotta Jansdotter), but still have some order to the overall design because things that are busy make me feel very distracted and stressed. Scandinavian design uses a lot of natural materials and neutral backgrounds, which I think is nice because it’s simple and earthy and I love things when they are laid back and close to nature.
If you’re looking for Scandinavian textiles online, visit Fjorn. Something about their site felt familiar to me, so I think I’ve written about them before. But I don’t remember so maybe you don’t either, which is why they deserve a mention. They carry Klippan and also a more tradition design house called Ekelund, as well as a few others but those didn’t strike me the same as the Klippan stuff and the Ekelund table runners.
(images from fjorn)
Etsy seller Frances Rose from England has lots of affordable pillows in fabrics by Klippan and Marimekko. I love this Klippan design below called Candy with all the yummy goodies on it (Hurry, she only has 5 left!).
I’ve added a few more favorite pillows from other sellers on my etsy ticker (left column) today, so click on over to see more shops that offer you a quick way to freshen up your space without dropping a ton of cash.
(images from frances rose)
A reader wrote in asking about the wallpaper shown in this image below, an entry to the Fabulous Stationery contest sent in by Allison Nance. I usually reply to quick questions via email versus turning them into a post, but since I can’t locate her email to send her an update, here’s an update for her – I think I found the pattern! It’s over at Romo Fabrics and it’s called Kimura. It looks identical to me. The slight color difference could either be the lighting in the photo, or perhaps this pattern is available in additional colors.
(images from romo fabrics)
I mentioned in my review of New Decor the other day that I’d share some resources from the suppliers listed in the back of the book. Here’s my first blogworthy find. It’s a blind company out of Kent, England called Eclectics, who happens to carry the work of Clarissa Hulse, a textile designer that I’ve blogged about a few times already.
I found some of the patterns offered at Eclectics quite fun, I like all the nature themes. They also stand alone quite well, you aren’t obligated to flank them with curtains, especially when they are textured or patterned in a way that accomplishes the job of being both decorative and functional. Blinds are a great solution when wall space is limited for curtains, perhaps you have a window in the corner of your room – blinds are one of the best solutions for that.
A patterned blind works well in a professional workspace, too. My friend in Boston has an office that can only fit her desk, chair, and a small bookcase. The easiest way for her to add pattern and color since she cannot change the white walls (renter) is with a blind and a coordinating rug, along the same idea as the teal/lime room shown above. Blinds are great in kitchens, especially long narrow ones where a window is positioned at the end of the ‘bowling alley’, as I like to call it. It’s a great way to bring in pattern while keeping the look contemporary and clean.
(images from eclectics)