Design Trends 2015 :: Scandinavia

I love Scandinavian countries, maybe because of  reindeer, Hans Christian Anderson, Smorgasbords or the perpetually happy people. The latter of which live through endless winters, long, dark and dreary . Yet Scandia still manages to fall under the category of thehappiest people on earth. Which says a lot. Then there are the summer months, where the city people flock to the countryside and live in the tiniest cottages, tending to their small plots of land which yield a surprising over abundance of flowers and vegetables. No small feat. Don’t even get me started on the Swedish beach houses.

A few years ago I was lucky to have spent over two weeks traveling between Norway, Denmark & Sweden visiting castles, countryside and sailing over Fjords. A once in a lifetime journey. Before my immersion trip, there was my friend Liz, who I attended college with later in life. She was an American who married a Swedish fellow, and after living in Sweden for years, he kept a promise and allowed her to come back to the states to finish her college education. They were wealthy, cultured and had a lot of very nice furniture.When I visited my friend I was always guaranteed an invitation to stay over in their guest house, which was met with very little resistance on my part. The guest house was part of an estate in Upstate NY built around the early 1800′s, a historical landmark, the previous owners were two well known decorators from NYC. I would even say that the turquoise grass cloth in the sitting room was well ahead of it’s time. The furniture shipped over from Stockholm was a mixture of Swedish antiques, modern Scandia pieces and custom upholstery. I used to sit in the guest house, and become positively giddy over some of the pieces, like the 17th century armoire. I talked about it so much that Liz at one point promised it to me as a wedding gift if I ever got married. Well…I was single at the time, and was this close to putting an ad in Looking-for-Marriage section of the local newspaper. I loved the piece that much. Unfortunately, Liz packed up her family, my “beloved” armoire and a few years later I did get married, even having to make the trek to Sweden to check on it. Sadly, I’m still waiting for the armoire.

It’s through knowing this family that I  fell in love with Scandinavian design. It happens to also be a design trend emerging for 2015. It’s clean and white, cozy and soft. Mixed with candles and natural woods. Organic. Fur throws draped over chairs and sofas, adding texture to minimalist furnishings. Design that evokes a sense of well-being. Something that we could all use just a little more of…So here are some of my favourite images showcasing the best of Scandia Design and also concluding our five part series on Design Trends 2015.

DESIGN TRENDS 2015 :: Scandinavia

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 via hgtvmodernfurniture.com

This interior epitomizes all that is great about Scandinavian design, from the sumptuous textures, mix of organic materials and light, clean lines…

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 via Skonaheim

Vintage treasures and classic design in the Ostermalm district of Stockholm. The perfect mix of modern & old world...

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 Via Skonaheim

This winter-home has the perfect visages both inside and out. 

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 via gelanie´blog

Yes, the chairs draped with fur, the clean lines, the mix of woods are the perfect example of Scandia design...

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via dreamhousedecoration.com

Not only is the outside in, but the inside is also outside. A true marker of Scandia design.

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 via danishfashionandtextilecouncil.com

These are the offices of The Danish Fashion and Textile Council.  From the rustic wood flooring to the painted wall-paneling it’s a mix of Scandia sensibilities and old world charm.

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via Livlige Rom

Sitting atop this textural rug, is a truly unique coffee table. It’s hard to tell but, the legs are Lucite…and fabulous.

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Photo credit-Stephen Karlisch

From a private home. The dining table is one of the most beautifully organic pieces I’ve seen, and those walls.

I hope you enjoyed the Series, and all my picks for 2015, and those that I think are timeless and can take you from the new year and beyond. As always follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter for more inspiration and design happenings.

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Design Trends 2015 :: Kitchens

Yesterday I spent the whole day on a farm, or as they are called in the South-”Plantations.” It was a gorgeous setting, perfect for a wedding (coincidentally that they do a lot of), but my day centered around photography, styling & shoots. It’s going to be the first in our new section called “The Ace of Entertaining.” All about the art of the table-setting and interviews with people in the design industry about how they entertain. So while I was working I was dodging chickens, this rustic/elegant setting wouldn’t have been complete without copper coloured foul roaming the lawns. For some reason unbeknownst to me, I had two that decided to make me part of their “flock.” So with my 3-inch Tory Burch shoes I managed to walk up the rolling hills (followed by my new fine feathered friends), totter on benches to some great shots of the tables-cape, and walk around one of the barns without ruining one of the heels. Careful not to step on one crack. It’s a sport that many women have had to master, and trust me it’s not easy. I’m excited to share the photos with you next week, and finally have the inaugural post finished.

I was 100 miles from home, yet I still managed to finish this post. Being on the “Plantation” seemed like a fitting backdrop and inspiration for this post (okay it’s a farm with food roaming everywhere). Which brings me to the subject of kitchens and the trends next year. When I was in Kohler, Wisconsin a few weeks ago, the result of the poll was shared with us. The questions were some that Bloggers (including myself) had sent in to be part of a survey conducted on over 5K homeowners. The results were intriguing; people do not like white kitchens, which coincides with what is emerging for 2015 -kitchens with color. Kitchens will be bright and bold, or muted tones of greys and blues. Of course, given a choice I would change the colours of our stark white cabinetry without blinking a baby blue eye. Hearing the results of the Kohler poll, had me feeling the pressure to change. Although, have I ever needed a reason? The thought of having a kitchen in cobalt blue doesn’t appeal to me, but muted tones do. If I had a country estate I could even see myself with kitchen cabinets in “colors of the rich and famous,” gentrified tones like Farrow & Ball’s, Oval Room Blue No. 85 or Calke Green No. 35. The perfect “old money” hues. Or if you live in London go visit Plain Kitchen Cupboardmakers for inspiration, and you’ll be “gobsmacked” at some of the colors this eponymous purveyor of all things kitchens has to offer. For the rest of us, I’ll share a few inspiration photos and a link so that you can have a “remote experience.”

Here are some of my favorite kitchens “not white” that will have you reconsidering color…or even wood-tones.

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 via Randy Weinstein

I love the darker wood cabinets against the metal and concrete island. Classic industrial.

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 Via Kathy Kuo Home

A kitchen design inspired by the ocean…deep blue cabinets and tile that mirrors the scales on a fish. Serene & stunning.

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via Fairfax & Sammons (www.fairfaxandsammons.com)

Classic Georgian meets Craftsman.

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 Plain English Kitchens (plainenglishdesign.co.uk)

If you live or are visiting London, this showroom is a must. Located in Suffolk or Marylebone, this company and it’s bespoke kitchens are handcrafted and timeless.

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 via dsignstheinterior

Not only is blue going to be hot next year, but so are the blue cabinets in the background…

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via @redesin

Who doesn’t appreciate a well designed space? The mix of materials is nothing short of brilliant, like the gold finish on the cabinet fronts..

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via kattyschiebeck.com

If you aren’t familiar with the work of Katty Schiebeck now is a great time to check her out (www.somewhereiwouldliketolive.blogspot.com). I would define Katty’s style as warm, vintage, modern with an inspired mix of sleek metals all wrapped up with some serious talent.

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via somewhereiwouldliketolive.com

More signature Katty.

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www.plainenglishdesign.co/uk

My favorite British cabinet company…again. Plain English Designs.

So until next time, when we’ll reveal the fifth and last trend that I love…

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Design Trend 2015 :: Indoor Gardens

It’s Monday, and already I want to bury my head underneath a pillow before I face the design disasters of last week. You know Project :: Disaster Bath, which now involves cutting a huge hole in our living room ceiling to access the upstairs plumbing? Luckily our bathroom will be downright gorgeous thanks to Kohler (they have truly been our saving grace), it’s what you find behind the walls that’s always a surprise like plumbing issues, or finding out that your shower pan has been leaking forever. But, as with all design related challenges things improve, projects are finished, and the residents of Casa B. will be happy, until the “next one”comes along. Yes, there will be a “next one” this year. That’s right; I decided to bite off more than I could chew. Because along with the bathroom project, I am also re-doing our Guest Bedroom in conjunction with Taylor Burke Home and Cotton and Quill with the reveal on One Kings Lane in January. What could go wrong with that project? Besides the wallpaper falling off the ceiling? How bad would that be?

What’s not bad, is one of my favorite trends for next year. Yes, it’s bringing the outdoors “in.” People want to live in forests, at least if they can fit inside their homes. A dream of mine is to find a house with a conservatory complete with an inside waterfall and a grotto. A tropical paradise right here in Cumming, Ga, sounds a lot like the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (which, unfortunately, isn’t going to be for sale even if I had a Bill Gates sized fortune). Gone are the days of sun-rooms overflowing with tropical greenery planted inside a variety of random & mismatched pottery. We are going to see pocket gardens carefully cultivated in sculptural vessels. Or simple bowls of moss, mixed with other natural elements lending color and texture to a tabletop. As a design blogger & trend-spotter, I have seen some truly inspired uses of greenery, giving a new meaning to the term “living green.” I do consider myself to have a “light green” thumb because plants live in Casa B. for at least a few months before getting destroyed by our resident rescue cat. Of which, obviously feels that she better kill the plants before I do. So in a way we are partners-in-crimes-against-plants.

This year I was extremely fortunate to have met some stars of the botanical world. Such as Tess Casey in NYC, of whom is a floral & plant designer extraordinaire for film and television. In fact, when I have the opportunity to watch television I now find myself looking more at the greenery on set than I do the plot. Time to rewind. I thought I’d share some of my favorites including a gentleman who lives in Germany that I have been following. At least I think he lives in Germany, unfortunately being bi-lingual is not something I own bragging rights to, and I was unable to translate the language on his website. Thankfully, “a picture speaks a thousand words” and his do.

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 It’s all about bringing in a little greenery..or a lot.

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 via Padre Oscuro

He is another one of my Instagram followers, and I followed him back for the reasons pictured above. He has a website (again I think in German), but the photos of his botanical works of art are worth looking at. They remind me of the Japanese art of Ikebana, simple, beautiful  arrangements. Visit www.mooslinge.at

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Photo Sebastian Scutyser

This indoor garden is truly one of the most inspired examples of bringing the outdoors in.

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Via theorangerie.com

Half garden and half  living space. 

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via tendancesconcept.com

This is one of the most brilliant ways to incorporate an herb garden in a kitchen. 

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Via themandarinorientalatl.com

The Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta has some of the most beautiful indoor garden arrangements, as you walk in there is a living wall of greenery. Unfortunately, I am unable to locate the picture, but when I do I’ll post it, but this is certainly an honorable mention.

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 via @thirdaykuwait

This picture is from a person I follow on Instagram, and all his garden creations are truly works of art.  This is one that I’m  particularly fond of maybe because it’s a horse, or maybe because it’s stunning. 

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via @thirddaykuwait

One of his fabulous horse sculptures/planters in a room setting.

I hope you are inspired to bring a little green into your space. The next Design Trend? It’s bringing colour into the kitchen.

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