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Lotta Jansdotter's Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Beloved designer Lotta Jansdotter's smart, organic design has earned her international acclaim. Now she shares her recipe for a stylish home: take a whole lot of Scandinavian influence, mix in a dash of flea-market finds, and then top it all off with expressive handmade touches. The result? An entirely fresh approach to home dcor and contemporary living. In this lavishly i ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published August 25th 2010 by Chronicle Books
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Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
A beautiful and inspiring book that makes me want to make more (with textiles--sewing, etc), have a more organized home, and take a fresh look at my own home. It can be inspiring to see the homes and work spaces of designers, and Jansdotter's book does all of this with lovely photographs and little tips and ideas. I also want to try some of the recipes she shares, from Swedish meatballs to cinnamon rolls. ...more
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jess by: Browsing new NF
Shelves: non-fiction, z_11
While I haven't heard of Lotta Jansdotter, she seems like a pretty together woman, or, at least, her house is. The book was fun to flip through. I especially liked the bit about coffee time (Fika) and her wall cutting board hanger. Haven't tried the recipes, but yes, there's herring (she's Swedish) and cinnamon rolls.

The photos are fun to look at, the text is OK. My main quibble is that she says she didn't feel that she needed to include instructions for some of her projects because they're so
Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: craft, 2011, interiors
This book is not great for DIY advice and the recipes seem a little gnarly (because I don't have a well-developed appreciation for Scandinavian cuisine?), but it is a nice meander for people interested in Scandinavian-inspired life and style. Lotta Jansdotter is designer who has a gift for big, white walls, simple stencils and repeating designs. She offers advice on personalizing your space and using small spaces wisely. The photos are nice and Lotta is adorable in her totally Swedish-born New Y ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
I was expecting a lot more from this, as I love Lotta Jansdotter. The layout was beautiful and it was a nice book to flip while watching tv. I didn't feel like I learned anything new about her style though - this is all apparent through her design and sale items. I felt like it was very superficial in a way. It wasn't a deep conversation with her, more of a flit through her home. If you admire her design work, read it, but otherwise, not a whole lt of substance. ...more
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
lovely book for the coffee table-- lots of gorgeous photos & inspiration. though it's beautiful to look at, it's a little light on content to me, so I probably won't add it to my personal library. the tear-out recipes in the back are a nice touch though! ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, home
Everything she does is cute. I love the simplicity and minimalism of her apartment. I don't think I want so many twee prints and fabrics in my home, but I like her interior aspirations of peace and minimalism. Japanese + Scandinavian influences = my favorite. ...more
Angela Chard
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Love everything about Lotta Jansdotter and her aesthetic. It's a lovely book and I probably win the prize for number of times this book is borrowed from my local library. It's usually at my house, not on library shelf. ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lana. by: Recommendations
Shelves: diy, fashion, non-fiction
As a DIY book, Lotta Jansdotter's Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style doesn't quite make the mark. But in other ways it is so much more. As the title indicates, this is a style book and Lifestyle book more than anything else. Recipes, personal annecdotes, and the occasional craft and design pattern, along side large and lovely photographs by Jenny Hallengren, make this an inspiring "biographicaphical scrapbook". Or as she calls it "a visit" into her home and work space.

From "At
Feb 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, design
I was really disappointed in this book. I've loved Lotta Jansdotter's textile designs since I worked in a boutique in college and first discovered them on a line of her handbags, and I was hoping this book would have some insight into her influences and (self-taught) design principles. It really doesn't. It's basically just a photo shoot of her wandering around her Brooklyn home and studio (which are nice, don't get me wrong), with inane passages about how she chooses to decorate. I almost put t ...more
Juli Anna
May 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: diy-homemaking
This book is really useless. The same way that Martha Stewart Living magazine is basically just a personality cult disguised as " lifestyle inspiration," this book is just unapologetic Lotta Jansdotter porn. There is nothing useful in this book, outside a handful of uninspired recipes and instructions for how to make a stencil (because no one knows how to do that!). Even the photography is boring. I suspect die-hard fans would enjoy this (look at Lotta eating breakfast! look at her pajamas!), bu ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I liked that Lotta's ideas are simple and also cheap. It's nice to see decorating ideas for renters that are may not have a huge amount of money (like me!).

I think this book has some sounds ideas like using left over spaces for built-in shelving. The colours and textiles are beautiful. I really like the pages on flower arranging.

Lotta's cheerfulness and optimism come spring out of this book's pages. This is a lovely book to read.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was as if a humble Scandinavian Martha Stewart had written it, drab color palette and all. Photography was nice, writing was often chatty, but encouraging. Not a DIY book, but a peek into how Lotta Jansdotter's personal life and work life LOOKS. Good for a quick flipping through, but not much substance. ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crafttastic
A large-format, cleanly-designed visit to the household of Swedish artist/designer Lotta Jansdotter. I enjoyed Ms. Jansdotter's conversational tone and the recipe cards at the back. Great find for $1 at my local library booksale. ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: home-decor, lifestyle, art
Fun but a little dated already. Scandinavian-style minimalism meets Pinterest. Gloriously feminine and probably wouldn't look as nice in real life for very long periods of time. I can't imagine white felt flowers would look pretty the day after a party. ...more
Anna Kristina
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, library
Great inspiration for home decorating, and I love her style (the tasty Swedish recipes are a great bonus).
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafty-books
Beautiful photographs and lots of inspiration.
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Inspired me to change things around in the house! Took down some paintings, put up new photographs, cleaned up a bit, moved stuffed around! feels good and the photos in this book are easy to look at.
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love Lotta! A whole lotta! Couldn't resist. This is one sweet, beautiful book. A few good recipes, a few good projects and a lot of inspiration. ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Apparently all I need to have lovely home is a friend who's a really good photographer. ...more
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: home-design
Some very pretty stuff in here. A couple of things that I will actually try.
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I was hoping for something with a little more DIY advice but this seemed to focus on Jansdotter's life. It was a neat book though. ...more
May 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
A great book if you want to see how Lotta Jansdotter decorates her own home, but not so great as a do-it-yourself or how-to book. It was too "look at me and how great my home is" for my liking. ...more
Stephanie Denison
I have to agree with other reviewers, this is not really a DIY book. It is a style book though with a lot of great pictures.
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love her aesthetic and I look through this one again and again.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crafts
This is a decor/lifestyle/crafty book. While I love, love, love Lotta, I felt like this book lacked alot of meat. It needed more pictures, less food.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Explores simple Scandinavian style for the home. Resource list. Recipes. Tour of studio space. Organizing. Entertaining. Friendship. FOOD.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Love her style, casual, fresh, and simple.
Lexi Wright
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design
Gorgeous books like this reinforce that I spend way too much time consuming and not enough time creating.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Pretty, but forgettable.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Fun to thumb through but I was hoping for more crafts, projects, and tips - instead, it was mainly just a tour of her beautiful home!
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