Scandinavian Style – Get the look


 Beautiful Scandinavian home decor has always been a firm favourite of
mine. Decorating with cool whites and pale colours, pared down furniture
and home wares.  It never fails to make me take in deep calming
breaths.  Must be something to do with the state of my mind, I need a
clutter free home because my head is full to bursting with thoughts,
ideas and plans most of the time.
Having lived in our home for 10 years now and finally some spare funds to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room, we were able to  create the large open plan space I always dreamt of.  It is almost finished, just the new flooring and comfy TV seating area to sort.  Its a lovely bright space, furnished with a combination of reclaimed hand painted furniture, modern pieces and local independent artists.  All coming together to create a bright, light Scandinavian style space.

  Above is a hand painted chest of drawers (the only piece in our home I didn’t actually paint)in palest grey.  A bowl and glass ball both found at a local boot sale.  The sand encrusted SEA letters were bought on Etsy.  The painting was very generously given to me by local artist Linda Bartlett whose work I used to sell in my shop.

The dining room view of the space.  Huge white table purchased from Ebay is solid wood with great leg detail. If all white is too much for you to contemplate, the Scandinavian style is also very much about beautiful blond woods.  This look is appearing everywhere on the high street at the moment.

 Pic Danish design store

After much thought and changing my mind I decided to go for the classic Eiffel style chairs in white.  I initially bought a blue Eiffel chair with blonde wooden legs but when we decided to go for a dark floor I felt the metal leg style would suit it better.  I’m really pleased with the look.  We also have  clear Philippe Starck Armchairs for each end of the table.  Not really Scandinavian style but they compliment the look.  I think its important to not just follow a look blindly, but to inject your own personality into your home.

Getting the builders in also gave us a chance to re-think the heating.  I have always loved the old style cast iron radiators and actually, considering they add to the decor and are not designed to sit unnoticed on the wall they were really good value for money.  Ours were purchased from B & Q but you can find many around these days from just £100 each.

What my heart really desires is the traditional Scandinavian style stove (below)  but they are WAY out of my budget.

 pic – pinterest

I really hate to have lots of “stuff” cluttering my work surfaces which is an ongoing trial with four men in the house.  Still its a great game of hide and seek I have !  Storage is important but also has to look good.  When I found these great ceramic house storage jars in the sale in Debenhams they reminded me of the tall house you see in many Scandinavian countries.  I’ve used them to store the tea, coffee and sugar.

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Due to lack of money we decided to leave the existing kitchen units in place for the time being.  We changed the tiles and gave the walls a lick of paint and it looks fine.  A beloved find from my bootsale obsession is the set of beautiful plates and soup bowls displayed on a plate rack found at TK Maxx.   Have to admit they don’t get much use but they look LOVELY !  Although they are Vintage English, they look very Scandi to me and fit the space beautifully.

If you want more inspiration for the Scandinavian style please pop over and follow my Pinterest board HERE.



  1. Glenda owner of Precious Memories
    January 25, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    FABULOUS FOOD FOR INTERIOR THOUGHTS as ever. Years ago we did up a victorian house and had the old style radiators and a free standing bath. Now we live near the sea our house needs lots of work but have zero budget at the mo but we will get there one day 🙂

    • karen jones
      January 25, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      You will Glenda. We have done our home up on a budget (with a little help from blogging ) xx Thank you for your comment x

  2. Julie
    January 25, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Wow, your open space is really coming together well.Can't wait to see it when the floor is completed too.Loving the new table and chairs.

    • karen jones
      January 25, 2015 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you for your comment Julie. Its really frustrating having to buy the flooring as and when we have spare cash, nearly there though. Then it will be just the small job of hubby laying it all through the hall and into the new space !

  3. Anonymous
    January 26, 2015 / 8:22 am

    Absolutely amazing, truly inspirational the way you achieve this look with a limited budget and most of all 4 males in the house. xxJan

    • karen jones
      January 28, 2015 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks mum xx

  4. stephi_baybee
    January 28, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    That look works really well, it is such a light room! That stove is AMAZING and I can see why you would want one.

    • karen jones
      January 28, 2015 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you Stephi I can't wait util its finished so that I can show the whole space. Its a really lovely room now the wall has come down. As for the stove !!! oh what I would give !!!

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