Saturday, April 8, 2017

Say aahhh... It's the weekend & time for a Scandi-boho tour

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I’m not much of a fan of Scandinavian décor in my own home, but I do find looking at it in other people’s homes quite soothing. I think it’s the Scandinavian influence on midcentury modern design that draws me to incorporate its clean lines into my boho rooms whenever I can.

But after a few weeks of tending to an ailing husband and taking on all the chores he usually performs for the both of us, Scandi is looking better and better. This apartment in particular, by the Taiwanese firm of Nördico, is a welcome respite. Just looking at it is a little like going to a spa, and I’m thinking I could live here quite happily.

Sans rocking horse, of course. See if you don’t agree. (And yes, you may keep the rocking horse.)


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I love sooooo much about this shared space, that it’s hard to choose what to point out. The two different occasional tables grouped as a coffee table are neat—one round, one square—and the light wood frame on the sofa is stunning. I also like the pops of yellow, in the throws, the felted stack baskets, and the wall-mounted task light. And the three black vases on the end table are quite sculptural.


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The sort-of mismatched chairs maintain the Scandinavian sense of order by having two each of two designs, but all four in different colors. The dining area also helps separate the kitchen from the living space.


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And speaking of the dining area, what about that tabletop? Food aside, I love those geometric placements and other decorative accessories.


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The tile work in the kitchen is fun, too. I like that two layouts of subway tile are used and tile has been used to dress up the exterior of the island. The fun mix of geometric black-and-white tiles formalizes the dining area just enough.

But my absolute favorite part of the entire space is the shelving unit over the island. How clever to have a hanging herb garden! And the display of different-color enameled dutch ovens is just the right touch of color. I saved this photo of my private Pinterest file of ideas for my own someday kitchen reno.


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Everywhere you turn in this small space, the view is outstanding.


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And how about those pops of color in the panel-door knobs and the stacked bowls? Simple but demure.


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The great thing about small-space living is how convenient one area is to another. See how perfectly located the living and office areas are to the kitchen—the better for refilling snack bowls and coffee cups.


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And how ‘bout that office space? In spite of my maximalist leanings (I’m really somewhere in between maximal and minimal), I can’t abide clutter. So these pristine desks and shelves pretty much make me swoon. Two adults can work side-by-side and still keep an eye on the kids watching TV. Or the kids can use the work area to study while the parents prepare the meal and keep the kids on task.


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And what a great view to have while you’re working! Headphones probably are a necessity when the family’s all home, for concentration in such an open space, but they look so sculptural on stands.

I really love how this design firm handles storage units. The television is by no means hidden, but it seems to fade into the architecture when surrounded by neat (and sometimes colorful) boxes within boxes. Such a unit could be built-in or not and certainly wouldn’t be too tough for a do-it-yourself project. Notice the miniature Scandi chairs in two of the compartments, glassed in like a museum display; just too cool!


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Built-in storage flanks both sides of the door into the master bedroom. I love that additional niche carved into the left-hand space, with its tiled and lighted backsplash. 

It’s important to consider the “vistas” in your home’s interior—or how one room looks as you gaze into it from another. Interior vistas are like transition in writing; they provide continuity and add to suspense. Here, we get a peek at the bed but mostly notice the geometric nightstand and the sculptural wall-mounted light over it. 

I definitely want to take a closer look, don’t you? 


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The mix of geometric prints in chiaroscuro is sure to provide textural interest in the room without taking away from the view of the balcony and beyond.


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And behind all that storage in the main living area is MORE storage for the occupants of the master suite, with an ample dressing area that leads into…


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…a resplendent, though compact, bathroom. Note that there are three different tile patterns used here, but still the effect is quite calm and spa-like because two of the shapes are one color and the geometric designs of the third tile pattern repeat the other tile shapes. The ebony stained cabinet is gorgeous, too, and an interesting alternative to black paint.


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I would be remiss not to mention the stunning night views this apartment also offers. Imagine kicking back in bed, turning off the interior lights and gazing out at the city lights. How romantic AND restful! 


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The living/dining area takes advantage of stellar night views as well. Time to dim the lights and light the candles!


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Tucked away on the opposite side of the living area is another bedroom.


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No balcony here, but a cozy niche perfectly suited to a bed makes sure the view cradles you to sleep. The striped bedding and teal throw provide just enough color to make this room extra-inviting.


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Finally, a second bathroom includes a mix of white subway and patterned tiles with just a bit of color—like that striped bedding.


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