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Simply Scandinavian

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Scandinavian interior design is admired the world over for its unpretentious simplicity and understated elegance. The 20 homes featured in this book are presented as case studies. Each home showcases an aspect of Scandinavian interior design and the home owners include architects, antique dealers, and fashion and jewellery designers.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Ryland Peters & Small
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Mar 03, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I've died and gone to Valhalla.

This is such a gorgeous book. This is me reading this book: Oh, I want to live there. (flip) NO! I want to live THERE! (flip) OMGosh NO I want to live THERE!!!), and so on...

Not only is the photography outstanding, but the text is also rich and interesting. Can something be stylized, detailed AND minimal? YES, and this book is the proof. And even though these homes and designs are amazing and often times luxurious (even if it's a cabin in the woods...), there is
Jul 17, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
I put this book on hold months ago when my library was doing a feature on all things Scandinavian. Finally got it yesterday and it was a disappointment. I found the book repetitive in its themes--weather, winter, the amount of natural light--and also in its designs--white (sometimes grey) is the feature colour, and a common design choice is to eschew curtains and rugs. I guess the takeaway is that Scandinavian interior design does not appeal to me. Too white, too stark, the same look to most of ...more
Feb 19, 2011 jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: interiors, 2011
Basically, I want to crawl inside this book and live there.

I want an alder plank-lined cocoon with a PH5 lamp over my Ikea dining table and a Marimekko table runner and some paper birch trees outside my triple glazed windows. I want a modern industrial facade on my 1800s converted barn, guilt-free sheepskin throws on every streamlined, wool-covered neutral couch, handmade tiles from portugal on my kitchen backsplash, a compact suspended toilet in my perfectly white tiled bathroom, and 100 miles
Aug 04, 2013 PoligirlReads rated it it was ok
This should probably be called "Simply Wealthy Scandinavian." Is it Scandinavian design? Yes. But it's a bit like looking at an Elegant Homes magazine and thinking that's what regular American homes look like. Having spent a not inconsiderable amount of time in Scandinavia, and having a love of Swedish home goods (Hemtex 4 Evah!), this is a pretty unrealistic portrayal of modern homes. I give it two stars for the pictures inside, but that's about it. I certainly wouldn't use it for home decorati ...more
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Mar 11, 2016 Relyn rated it it was ok
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted on my library website
I generally like Scandinavian style, but this book didn't do it for me. Was it a more modern version of Scandinavian style? I don't know, but I didn't love it.

Updated 6/30/2015
I so much didn't love it that I forgot I had read it. Still didn't love it. To spare, I think.
Nov 20, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-nonfiction, home
Or, How To Maximize The Light In Your Home Beautifully And With A Vintage/Modern Flair.
Jan 07, 2013 caroline rated it it was amazing
great decorating book to find inspiration.
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