Scandi Decorating Tips

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Scandi Design

10 Tips for achieving a Scandinavian interior ....

1. Floors
Wall to wall carpets never took off in Sweden and all truly Scandinavian interiors will have a wooden, preferably light, floor in all rooms apart from the bathrooms.

2. Colour
White walls and cool grey textiles definitely gives off the right ambience of a Scandinavian interior however soft, muted colours can be used for accessories and and accents. 

3. Materials
Use wood to warm up the interior. Incorporate cladding on walls and even ceilings to add texture and warmth. Use a grey oil or limewash finish to take the yellow away from woods like pine or oak.

4. Form
Clean lines from architecture to furniture.

5. Function
A truly Scandinavian interior is practical and liveable.

6. Furniture
There are such incredible pieces from several manufacturers. From the mid-century period designers like Hans Wegner, Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen stand out and their pieces are just as beautiful today as they were when they were conceived.

7. Put a fireplace in the corner
Scandinavian winters are harsh so most apartments and houses have a fireplace in the living room. They are often not the focal point of a room, they are often very simple columns (many originals from the 19th century are beautifully tiled) and are located in the corner of the room.

8. Be eco-friendly
Swedes have been very quick to add eco-friendly aspects to their houses. Double-glazing, proper insulation for walls and roofs, ground source heat pumps … all these are fairly standard in Swedish new builds.

9. Add an outside/ inside room
Scandinavians, like Australians, generally love a connection with the outdoors so you’ll find a balcony or terrace in even the smallest apartments. These are usually decked and used for barbequeing and entertaining outdoors during the late light nights of the summer.

10. Scale back on accessories
 Declutter! Keep interiors pared back and accessories to a minimum.

Melissah xox

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Summer State Of Mind

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floral maxi - free people

striped halter - free people

jimmy tunic - free people

shirtdress - free people

avalon tank - free people

midsummer dream dress - free people

tie back top - free people

wide brim panama hat

Relaxed summer style.

When it comes to summer ... everyone gears down a notch or two.
Thoughts turn to holidays, weekend escapes, getting outdoors,
catching up with friends and summer entertaining.

Here's a little summer escapism … and a few boho summer pieces from Free People.
Summer dressing should be about relaxed, casual pieces
that breathe easy and are comfortable to wear.
 Loose fitting clothing and dresses that float in the breeze
are perfect for hot summer days

Melissah xox

Fashion via Free Peopleboat, collage by Coastal Style

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Summer Living

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 Pink & Orange by Coastal Style Blog

Summer fun in technicolour!

For me summer is all about bright colours.
Big smiles and laughter,
long days at the beach
surfing, swimming and playing games.
It's also about road trips down the coast
catching up with friends and entertaining on our deck.

What does summer mean to you?

Melissah xox

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Nordic White

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Organic Textures

If you are looking to re-create a Scandi feel in your beach house ~
start with a pared back palette of white and grey.
A sense of warmth and a 'beachy' vibe can be achieved by using
various organic materials and textiles.
Rustic and recycled timbers in light tones work a treat,
then start layering other natural materials on top of that.
Leather, animal hide, fur, white washed cane, wool and organic fabrics
 will add texture and interest as well as a sense of comfort.  

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 3 Coastal Style, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Bellamarie

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Sunny Yellow

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Sunshine days!

Today I am basking in glorious, mid-summer sunshine 
which is the inspiration behind today's post.
It's a celebration of all things bright, sunny and happy!

Melissah xox

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