Would you have dark green walls in your home? After seeing this beautiful home I am very tempted. It belongs to the Swedish couple Cajsa Berndtsdotter & Torbjörn Olsson living in Gothenburg and is full personality.
I love the dark green used here, and the combination of the green along with vintage, brown tones is perfect. The gorgeous artwork on the wall and the personal decor items around the apartment really gives it a unique look.
The kitchen has a minimal yet personal look, and I especially like the use of the String shelves and the herringbone tiles on the wall.
The bedroom has a retro wallpaper that gives off a warm and welcoming vibe.
“I love the decor from the 1950-70’s. Everything from colour to shape is amazing! I also like to mix it up with new to get your own style. But the best is to fins flea market bargains of furniture or fittings. It makes the home so personal.” – Cajsa Berndtsdotter
I am currently loving the botanical trend, and have slowly been adding little accents of it in my home during winter to make the transition to spring. For me, subtle hints are key to still keeping with the minimal theme, so things like prints, decorative items and pillows are a great way to achieve the look without feeling like you live in the jungle.
A minimal print in black & white like this one can be a great way to have something botanical without going green. Another great way to add greenery without having real plants in your home can be ceramic cactuses or candle holders with a botanic print on.
If you don’t have a green thumb, botanical decorative items can be a great way to add a little green in your life. Here’s a little round-up of the items mentioned above;
I love the idea of having a large statement print somewhere, especially something personal like a blown-up black & white photo from traveling or nature. Below are a couple of inspirational images found online showing different ways you can incorporate an oversized print or artwork into your home.
Large printed black & white photo attached to a vintage school room map via Design*Sponge. What a creative way to mount a print, giving off a vintage vibe.
A minimal painting as seen here by Stylizimoblog home can add a calm and beautiful tone to your space. Especially if you have darker walls, a light coloured artwork can be a nice contrast.
If you don’t want to hang anything up, having giant frames on the floor can do the trick, like here found on My Scandinavian Home.
A large landscape print can work great along a large wall. The simplistic and minimal look of these winter trees found via April & May work great in a white space.
I think the bedroom can be a great place to add a large print. Keep it a bit funny with a statement like this one from Tamara Magel.
Or what about printing a selection of smaller prints to hang up so that they make up one big poster? This can be a cheaper and quite decorative way to get something unique for your wall. Image was found from Emma Woods Interiors on Instagram.
What do you think about this new trend, will you be adding an oversized print or artwork in your home?
I had the pleasure of having a little chat with Satu Enstedt, the woman behind the Finnish brand Sagalaga Design. Their designs are born from life’s magical moments and the depths of timeless time. She gets inspired by the simple aesthetics of Finland, creating beautiful Scandinavian products with the nature at heart.
Q1 // How did Sagalaga Design start? Can you tell us a bit about your creative background and how the brand was created?
Sagalaga Design started in 2013 by baby steps. I was working as a creative freelancer for clients and I felt I needed to create something on my own. Sagalaga, as a word, didn’t leave me alone, so I trusted my instinct and that’s how Sagalaga Design was created. ‘Saga’ has been my childhood nickname and it means story / fairytale which I would like to believe can be found in my design style as well.
I studied Fine Art, Graphic Design & Textile Design while working on many different kind of creative projects before Sagalaga Design. I think the result is a good combination of all projects from my past.
Q2 // What inspires you in your design process?
Unexpected things in quiet moments are the best. I think my head is constantly working on something new and when the mental process is ready to come out, I start to work with an idea on paper. The idea can basically come from anywhere around us. There´s always a story behind every illustration or pattern, even though it may not be that obvious at first. Little joy for your everyday life, as our slogan says.
Q3 // In what way does your Scandinavian heritage affect your style?
I spent my childhood playing around in old pine forest close to our house and we also had a summer cottage in a small island at Finnish archipelago. I think nordic nature with all its scents, forms and lines are still affecting me and can be seeing as a minimalistic Scandinavian style and functional products.
Q4 // Are you currently working on any new designs, and if so can you give us a little insight?
Yes, I´m currently working with new patterns and designs, new products are coming out soon. The latest will be our cosmetic bag and two smaller purses. These will be out this Spring and we are quite excited about them!
Q5 // How do you like to relax, how do you hygge?
I relax with friends and loved ones spending quality time together. Cooking together, spending time by the sea or doing a picnic in the forest is to me the best thing you can do.
SAGALAGA DESIGN PRODUCTS SHOWN IN THIS BLOGPOST: KUUSI tray: Silent, winter woods, snow on spruce. This pattern is inspired by the beautiful winter forest with heavy snow on trees. The Finnish word KUUSI means spruce. TUIKE candle holder: This wooden candle holder is made out of Finnish birch. You can have a small piece of Finnish forest twinkle at your home and bring you special nordic atmosphere. The Finnish word TUIKE means twinkle.
Both the KUUSI tray and the TUIKE candle holder are available from their online store along with a lovely selection of other trays, textiles, paper and wood products.
With this cold & grey weather cozy knits are essential, not only to wear but also as decor elements in your home. Adding little hints of knitted design creates a lovely environment, and is a great way to keep warm and decorate your home at the same time.
Below you can find a little selection of Scandinavian style knit home decor you can use to add coziness to your interior. The snuggle is real!