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I spend a lot of time preparing. I think a lot about what I want to do. I have prep books, little notebooks in which I write everything down before a sitting. Otherwise I would forget my ideas. – Helmut Newton

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Room: Botanical illustrations made from reproductions circa the 1700’s on the wallpaper at the Carolus Linnaeus Swedish estate.  The spectacularly beautiful Swedish countryside, characterized by sweeping coastline, sheltering forest, and historic townships, is the setting for the equally spectacular tradition of residences, Swedish residences. Photographs by Ingalill Snitt via The Swedish House. / Notebook: The Medium Strawberry Thief fabric notebook from the Liberty London collection features a print fabric cover, yellow elastic fastening and ruled ivory pages with Liberty logo footers via Liberty London.

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Room: A mod, mod living room with black & white wallpaper, West Elm Hive Vases, a glossy white lacquer low cabinet, a white Parsons end tables and yellow & gray rug ala Josef Albers geometry. Images from Haus Interiors.  / Notebook: A black and white notebook created by Lanvin featuring an original Alber Elbaz print at the front and back cover. The book includes 88 pages, from FarFetch, L’Eclaireur, Paris, France.

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Room: A splash of Scandinavian decor under the eaves proves to be a zen space for a study. A book’s spine provides pops of color, the file cabinet keeps the space bright, and the stool can fit an unexpected friend. Clean, simple and modern. Photography by Espen Grønli via Design Milk. / Notebook: The paper nuts at Postalco produce a rainbow of nifty notebooks! Based in Japan but hailing from Brooklyn, the stationery experts provide unlimited ways to tote your notes and store your sketches! Made with A7 metal springs, graph paper and a printed cover. Note that all pads are assorted, at random, and specific colorways cannot be chosen via Opening Ceremony.

So much is kept in a little notebook…

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Tray: A Personalized Melamine Square Serving Tray with Chevron Pattern and a Personalized Acrylic Square Serving Tray from LoveyDoveyCreations on Etsy, here. In your dressing room, would you put your nail polish, keepsakes, perfume, and rings on this lovely square?  / Room: Welcome to an absurdly glamourous dressing space. Benjamin Moore Feather Grey walls, a chandelier from Overstock, a vanity table from Pier 1 Import, the classic Louis chair, Chevron Rug from RugsUSA, and shelving from Target. Mai K from A Cup of Mai sure knows how to impress on a budget! Image found here.

Tray: Win your Poker hand every time with this Playing Card Tray by JOHN DERIAN COMPANY, INC. The glass decoupage tray features an ace playing card, hand painted bottom and is signed by the designer. The tray features a felted back to prevent slipping! Even the Queen of Hearts will want one! Purchase here. / Room: Kate Spade’s eclectic  living room tucked away on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is filled with high (Andy Warhols) and low (thrifted statues) end art mingling perfectly.  Photograph via Matchbook Magazine, everyone’s favorite field guide to a charmed life!

Tray:  Introducing the TuttiFrutti Tray! Swedish designer Maria Holmer Dahlgren designed this wonderful dishwasher-safe tray for happier weekdays and more while serving your favorite things. The happy colors and design will be sure to inspire and make you smile. The colorful, graphic contemporary tray is hand crafted from the highest quality Scandinavian birch from sustainable forests, and is produced by a family-run company situated on a small island off the southern Swedish mainland. Doesn’t this tray look straight from the Disney’s ride, “It’s a Small World”?  / Room: Found at Dust Jacket Attic, This whimsical midcentury room feels very cartoonish yet modern and serious. The wallpaper is clearly the lynchpin of the whole geometric scheme! Painted in colorful hues, basic shapes like triangles, squares and diamonds (maybe even polyhedrons!) bring a jolt of life to a modern room — and appeal to the pre-schooler in all of us. Photographs by chris warnes, styling by sarah ellison for real living au.

Tray: A salute to the grandeur of the Finnish capital Helsinki, this vibrant design by Per-Olof Nyström was created in 1952, one year after Marimekko made its design debut and bright, bold mark in the world of fashion. Revived in celebration of the city’s designation as the World Fashion Capital of 2012, this archival pattern intricately illustrates the Art Nouveau churches, boats and landmarks of Helsinki. Tray via Crate & Barrel, here. / Room: This cornflower, grey-blue room is a dreamscape of Scandinavian interior design simplicity, modern yet natural elements, photography and cloud colors. The gentle palette is welcoming, simple, honest and cozy. Styling by Kråkvid and D’Orazio via Pella Hedeby at Stil Inspiration. 

 

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In which I try to do Scandinavian Maximalism and brilliant white interiors with objects only found in an inventory from Target Stores, 2012. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Scandinavian decor (being rooms from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark and sometimes also of Iceland, Finland, and the Faroe Islands) is largely admired for its unpretentious, understated, simple, edited, and elegant interiors.

One Third Shabby, One Third Cozy, One Third French Provincial. (Here.)

One Third Conservative, One Third Rustic, One Third Glamorous. (Here.)

One Third Modern, One Third Eccentric, One Third Crisp. (Here.)

One Third Bright, One Third Clean, One Third Fanciful. (Here.)

One Third 19th Century, One Third Cottage House, One Third Curiosity Cabinet. (Here.)

One Third Young, One Third Playful, One Third Bold. (Here.)

One Third Clean, One Third Calm, One Third Collected. (Here.)

1/6 Open, 1/6  Bright, 1/6 Elegant, 1/6 Stately, 1/6 Dignified, 1/6 Achromatic. (Here.)

These rooms are designed to maximize the possibilities of the sun – letting in air and light. The spaces are uncluttered paradises wherein vintage finds befriend modern shapes and local designers. Natural wood, in light pines, soft maples, and clean balsa, are to be admired in their natural state. Above all, the rooms exude a sense of natural calm.

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