Swedish Simplicity

The home of Helen Hallgren provides a lovely wash of tranquility. The light filled space paired with the tonal palette of whites and grays create a peaceful ambiance and reduction of blood pressure for those within. This isn’t created with paint alone. The ‘white’ metals, painted wood, concrete and textiles work symphonically, to offer the balance and material contrast that we experience in this space. In the bedroom, the ‘nubby’ texture of the linen paired with the woven throw and woven basket, create wonderful visual interest, while respecting the neutral palette. Absolutely lovely. In the kitchen, the metal chairs, candlesticks and hardware are just enough to add definition, without a strong color gesture. Dreamy.

Photo: Mari Eriksson via http://www.skonahem.com

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If the shoe fits…

One of the many realities of life is that we can’t all live in perfectly charming spaces with gorgeous wood floors, creamy white walls, beautiful light and oodles of character.  Sometimes, our current place in life is to live in a cookie-cutter white apartment with beige carpet, plastic blinds and a laminate kitchen.  This is why I audibly gasped aloud when I recently discovered these photographs of Chris and Stacey Sargent’s home in California over at 6th Street Design School.

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