Scandi Modern: Balanced Simple Style

We Americans are known for perpetually chasing after a “balanced” lifestyle, but the Scandinavians, Danes, Fins, Icelandics, Norwegians and Swedes just do it. There is a word in Swedish: Lagom (pronounced [ˈlɑ̀ːɡɔm])  meaning “just the right amount”. The Lexin Swedish-English dictionary defines lagom as “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right”. Lagom is also widely translated as “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, and “suitable” (in matter of amounts).

Room photos (above and below) courtesy of New York Cottages & Gardens Magazine
French Wooden Boot Lasts // Botanical Frame Set

Metlox Aztec Tumbler // Bianco Dining Chair // Adjustable Task Light

A beautiful Scandinavian approach to life and design, will make its way from our daily schedules to our bedrooms, where “conscious buying and slow design” will take center stage. The use of natural materials, pale colors and simple design in open interiors capitalize on what sunlight the wintry region actually does receive. The modern style originated in the Nordic region in the 1950’s: think white wooden cottages with monochromatic color schemes and artworks, and you’ll have a pretty good picture of the style.

Vintage Animal Skull // Mid Century Leaf Dishes // 4 Point Deer Antler

Oil on Canvas Painting // Multistripe Trader Blanket
Terrier Dog Brooch

These days amid all the busy-ness of the place we call home, it is no surprise that this style with its Mid Century appeal has come back strong. A paring down and streamlining of life in design focuses on organic materials. Clean lines and simple uncluttered spaces, which often serve as workplace and home, means a lack of things is really an easier way to do both in one space. Simple it may be but the devil is in the details! Natural fibers are seen in bedding, curtains and tableware, including chalk paint, hemp rugs, curved wooden chairs, and woven baskets with a few curated pieces of pottery-porcelain or other earthenware pieces.

Enamel Napkin Rings // Rosenthal Studio Bowl // Green Glass Decanter

Vintage Glass Pitcher // Hoya Glacier Ice Bucket and Dish
Hanging Candelabra

No matter your Style – Pack Rat to Minimalist – there are elements of this design concept that will surely make your home feel refreshed and invigorated for the New Year ahead. The sellers of Vintage and Main are a great resource for some of the things that will help you on this style adventure!

Written by: Gentlemanly Pursuits
Sebastian Araujo is a decadent sort of chap who lives with one foot in the past and the other in a dream of the past. A penchant for silk cravats and omelets in gay olde Paree. Living in Hemlock House, a hand built log house set into a deep forest in the lush countryside of Northern Vermont after escaping from the rat race of NYC, he spends his days dreaming of beauty and magic while waiting for the corn to grow and the fairies to whisper as they flutter around the flowerbeds. He seldom follows the weekly news.
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Sebastian Araujo is a decadent sort of chap who lives with one foot in the past and the other in a dream of the past. A penchant for silk cravats and omelets in gay olde Paree. Living in Hemlock House, a hand built log house set into a deep forest in the lush countryside of Northern Vermont after escaping from the rat race of NYC, he spends his days dreaming of beauty and magic while waiting for the corn to grow and the fairies to whisper as they flutter around the flowerbeds. He seldom follows the weekly news.

16 Replies to “Scandi Modern: Balanced Simple Style”

  1. Ever since I was a teenager (a million years ago!) I have admired good Scandinavian design…love the purity and elegance of the best examples. Thanks for this great blog post!

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