When I was in grad school my favorite way to unwind was perusing Swedish home design stores. There was something so calming yet also inspiring about getting lost in a home design shop, imagining the rooms I would create one day when school was over and I actually had a budget for things like interior design. My absolute favorite store was the most adorable little store called Haga Hem. It was located on the cutest cobblestone street that I walked to get from my apartment to school. Everything in the shop was either white or muted grey with a mix of goods that ranged from rustic to modern.
What I love about Swedish design is that there is an emphasis on light colors (mostly white) and clean lines. Swedes are also excellent at designing spaces with a mix of high and low cost goods. Every home has something from Ikea but also some of the finest hand crafted furniture you can find in the world.
When creating this Swedish Spring display I wanted to incorporate all of the elements of a proper Swedish home and create my own little microcosm of Sweden with my Scandinavian display. The Orrefors bowl is Swedish crystal and a timeless piece. The two books are my new spring coffee table books (look for more info on them tomorrow!). The tray and lantern are Ikea finds (and under $10.00). I picked up both of these, and some very delicious Marabou chocolate, at the new Ikea is Oak Creek, WI that I visited earlier this week. Not exactly the quaint boutiques of my grad school strolls, but I will take what I can get! Every Swede has a white lantern in their home/balcony/back yard for spring and summer (Why? I don’t really know, I just know it’s a thing that must happen and so I oblige). Trays are just a good staple to have in your home, and so whenever you run across a pretty one… snag it!
The end result: a perfect mix of high and low goods with pops of color against a backdrop of white. It truly is Fantastisk! You all can figure that word out right…?