The Swedish seem to have a special talent for this. They are especially known for their deft use of white. Even though I'm all about color, the quiet beauty of an all-white interior does seem appealing. So off I went to the Skona Hem magazine website, knowing not one word of Swedish, but my lucky clicks somehow got me more goodies than I bargained for:
Let's face it, most family life takes place in the kitchen, not the living room. Look at all this sweetness, though you almost don't notice there is a big steel appliance in here.
A white, black and silver color scheme keeps the design simple and uncluttered. The lamp is not frilly or fancy, adding the perfect touch. I think I want it for my dining area.
This a great use of wallpaper, with two contrasting designs of black-and-white patterns. The little houses would be great in other rooms, too, but seems especially apt here in the hearth of the home.
I adore weathered furniture. Not just old and threadbare but with a character that suggests a story behind the piece and a patina hinting that someone loved it for years.
This is absolutely fabulous wallpaper! I'm not usually a fan of white furniture in living rooms, but I could be convinced if I had this wallpaper.
This is beautiful in what appears to be a random way that owners artfully arranged a hodgepodge of belongings. After all, isn't that what we all have anyway, an odd assortment of objects?
Oh, this looks like such a lovely spot to curl up with a book or just to cuddle up with one of your little ones.
A corner made special by the sculptural coat hanger and phone.
An old windowpane (?) repurposed into a bulletin board of sorts, with mementos hanging from it. This would add a touch of whimsy to any home.
This caught my eye because of the wallpaper, which looks like it could also be individual pages from a botanical book.
All these bright colors create a festive mood, helping us celebrate the joy in every day.
I might as well call this the wallpaper post, but seriously, folks, this reading nook is so stylish largely because of the wallpaper.
I can't decide if I like the Tord Boontje chandelier, but I have to admit it adds a special oomph to the room. The bed reminds me of one where the seven dwarves from Snow White might sleep since this looks like the beds I saw illustrated in a Snow White book I just read to my son.