En Skandinavisk Autumn… A Scandinavian Autumn?

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I love decorating for the Autumn. But sometimes I get a little tired of all of the clutter (i.e.., orange pumpkins, leaves, hay stacks, scarecrows, etc.). I’ve discovered some blogs and websites from around the world that have focused on a very simple, minimalist approach to Fall, without all the noisy extras.

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This simple, light and airy approach is very Scandinavian.

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It emphasizes organic and clean elements like white pumpkins and few accessories.

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The designs are simple and the décor comes directly from nature.

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Why complicate things? The Scandinavian approach to design is very simple, clean and straightforward. It has minimal ornamentation. The simple arrangement of pumpkins and gourds below from bhg.com is a perfect example.

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White on white is a very pure and pared back look. I love the understated elegance.

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Calm and serene neutrals and whites with elements of light are distinctly Scandinavian.

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Julie Blanner scales back the Fall accessories. Below, simple pumpkins and gourds are showcased in a fireplace. Their soft and airy colors give off a Scandinavian ambience.

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Julie Blanner

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Julie Blanner

Scandinavian design draws inspiration from nature. Neutral pale colors and glass accents help to maximize and reflect light.

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Scandinavians bring nature indoors as much as possible. A cute DIY Autumn craft that does just that is stringing natural Fall leaves with family photos. Very simple.

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Below, I created some of my own simple and pared back décor for Fall. I, however, don’t mind a little color. I even incorporated some souvenirs from a trip to Greece, wine bottles from the Halkidiki peninsula and Crete.
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I incorporated natural elements like acorns and pinecones my son found on a recent walk to school.
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If you want a Scandinavian Autumn look in your home, just keep things simple, clean and minimal. Incorporate natural elements. Emphasize pale muted tones and elements of light. A Scandinavian Autumn style will bring an understated elegance to your Fall interior.
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Inspiring Summer Homes From Around the World

When you think of a summer home, you envision a relaxing oasis that is casual and unpretentious. These spaces from around the world capture that breezy summer style.

From The Netherlands…
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From North Zealand (the Danish island of Zealand)…

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A Scandinavian summer house….
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A summer home entrance in Palma, Spain…
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A cozy summer cottage in Finland…
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Tranquil and serene Greek interiors…
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Summer interiors in Greece are light and airy, reflecting their whitewashed exteriors.
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A beautiful home in the South of France…
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… it’s summertime!

Fresh Decorating Ideas For A Fresh New Year

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I recently came across some fresh ideas in interior design. From Williams-Sonoma Home comes the concept of layering an animal hide on top of another rug.
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I was inspired so much that I knock-offed the idea in my own living room…
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I’m crazy about this hair-on-hide leather bench with stainless steel legs (below). Again, from Williams-Sonoma Home. Very modern yet timeless.

This winter I am really into faux fur pillows. They add a warm and cozy feeling. I like to stick to the lighter variations, so they can also work in the warmer seasons. The one below is a genuine Mongolian lambswool pillow. I got my faux fur pillows from Pottery Barn.
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My knock-off of decorating with faux fur pillows…
IMG_0448I love the black and white tile backsplash from HGTV’s show Fixer Upper. It adds a fresh and unique touch. It also personalizes the space without overdoing it.
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Here’s another example of personalizing tile in a kitchen. Below is the Granada Decorative Field in Grigio stone mosaic design from the Villa D’Oro collection of Walker Zanger.
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Another fresh idea is to have a collection of mirrors on a wall instead of one conventional framed mirror. I adore the whimsical array from Cote Sud below.

And the elegant and modern display below, featured at Walker Zanger.

I love this simple and easy decoration using galvanized buckets. The grass and tree trunk slab make it very organic and modern. Again, from Fixer Upper.

Here’s another fresh idea using galvanized buckets.
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I love the overall look of this dining room. Accessorizing with natural elements such as wood and anters is simple and adds a rustic touch.
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Here’s my knock-off of the idea of decorating with natural wood elements straight from nature…

I recently visited a new restaurant in our town called Agricola. The décor combines an organic farmhouse motif with industrial modern. I love their innovative chandelier made from vases hanging upside down. It’s a real eye catcher.
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My father was a big collector of railroad insulator lights. I’ve always wanted to use them in some innovative way. At Agricola, they have upcycled them into hanging pendants over their bar. It adds a very rustic yet industrial flair.
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From Blomsterverkstad, comes another innovative item, ice lanterns. A creative idea that could very easily light the way to a winter get-together.
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I love these simple, clean and fresh looking basket pendants. They are featured on Krista Keltanen’s blog. They are an open woven market basket lamp from Tine K Home. Perfect if you want a light fixture that is large but airy and modern.
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Happy New Year!

Tomato Factory Antique & Design Center Visit

I recently visited an antique and design center called The Tomato Factory. It is located in historic Hopewell, NJ. What a find!! It features all kinds of antiques and unique home décor items.

Vintage Fiestaware – Tons of it!

I love this French inspired bureau!

Classic French Linen Sofa

Classic French Linen Sofa with an ornate wood trim

Leopard patterned side chairs

Leopard patterned side chairs

Unique side table made from the face of a clock.

Unique side table made from the face of a clock.

Vintage Metal Lights

Vintage Metal Lights

Very cool!

Railroad lanterns

Railroad lanterns

Vintage glassware

Vintage glassware

Vintage Westinghouse fan

Vintage Westinghouse fan

50's & 60's dish cloths

50’s & 60’s dish cloths

Vintage clocks

Vintage clocks

Vintage Christmas ornaments

Vintage Christmas ornaments

I love the painted copper tiles around the mirrors

I love the painted copper tiles around the mirrors

The upstairs floor is my favorite!

The upstairs floor is my favorite

 

Scandinavian Fresh

I love Scandinavian design. It is a simple, clean minimalism that has an understated elegance. I came across some interiors that reflect this freshness with a mix of French and Belgian elements. Check out Sophie’s Bed and Breakfast in Møn, Denmark.
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Sophie’s Boutique (the shop associated with the Bed & Breakfast) has an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, French, Belgian and Dutch decor.
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The interiors of Dave Coote Design located in the UK are clean, airy and light.
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Natural elements like sheepskins and antlers along with muted earthy tones reflect the Scandinavian connection to the outdoors.
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Vintertid in Princeton, New Jersey

It’s wintertime in Princeton, New Jersey! We’ve had a few storms lately and the streets are blanketed with snow. I thought I would share some of the beautiful streets and lovely houses I get to see everyday! Downtown Princeton ShopsPalmer Square, Princeton NJPrinceton Shops Palmer Square ShopWitherspoon Street in Princeton, NJNassau Street, Princeton NJ

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My kids and I decided to take advantage of all of the snow!
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Remembering Athens…

As summer begins, the warm weather makes me think of my travels to Athens, Greece.

Street in Athens facing Hadrian's Arch

Street in Athens facing Hadrian’s Arch

Architecture of Athens

Architecture of Athens

In spite of the hustle and bustle of tourists, wild dogs and native Athenians, the beauty of ancient Greece shines through.

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Hadrian’s Arch

The Plaka is an open air market at the foot of the Acropolis near the ancient market area of Athens, the Agora. If you know how to haggle over prices, you can find great souvenirs without spending too much.

The Plaka (open air market)

The Plaka (open air market)

After a day spent souvenir hunting you can relax at one of the Plaka’s restaurants for a good Greek meal.

Outside restaurant near The Plaka

Outside restaurant near The Plaka

Antique/junk store at the Plaka

Antique/junk store at the Plaka

The steps are ancient and the slope is steep but the long walk up to the Parthenon offers this view (below) as an award.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon

The Pediment of the Parthenon

The Pediment of the Parthenon

Notice (below) that the columns of the Parthenon are not a single solid piece but several drums placed on top of one another and originally covered with a veneer to give the illusion of it being a single piece.

Ionic column of The Parthenon

Ionic column of The Parthenon

The Acropolis (high city) is best known as the home of the Parthenon, but it also contains the beautiful temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and the famous Propylaia (the front gate), the complex of columns and rooms at the entry to the Acropolis.

The Erechtheion with the porch of the Caryatids

The Erechtheion with the porch of the Caryatids

At the foot of the Acropolis lies the Theatre of Herodes Atticus (below) and the Theatre of Dionysus, where the famous plays of Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles were first performed.

The Theatre of Herodes Atticus

The Theatre of Herodes Atticus

The area around the theatre of Dionysus

The area around the theatre of Dionysus

The Acropolis is just as beautiful at night as it is during the day.

The Acropolis at night

The Acropolis at night

This wonderful restaurant (below) on the very edge of the Roman era forum in Athens had food to match the glorious setting.

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum

Even when the sun goes down the beauty of ancient Athens shines.

Eating dinner at dusk in the shadow of the Acropolis.

Eating dinner at dusk in the shadow of the Acropolis.

J’aime le chemin de table en toile de jute!

J’aime le chemin de table en toile de jute! I love a burlap table runner! I saw one in Pottery Barn recently for $69.00 USD. Rather than buy it, I decided to knock-it-off!

Burlap can add a rustic or cottage feel to an elegant table.

A burlap runner placed over a white linen tablecloth exudes an organic simplicity.

Burlap can be dressed up or dressed down. You can leave as is, paint on it, add a lace trim or monogram it.

It can be incorporated into a provincial exterior or a modern interior.

I love the french country tablescape (below) layering burlap with linen and lace.

A burlap table runner can be kept simple, have fringe or sewn.

I like the white burlap (below) on a dark wood table.

Because my dining room table is made from a dark wood, I decided to buy a white burlap. I simply cut it and pulled strands off the edges to make a fringed border.

My own burlap table runner!

My own burlap table runner!

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Che Figata FRIDAY! (That’s Cool, in Italian!)

I love this idea (above) of painting an enormous letter (or your initial) on one wall. Che figata!

Unique twist to an ordinary bookcase! Bring the outside inside in a unique way by wallpapering the wall behind a bookcase with a nature-oriented theme. Great way of emphasizing a “green” home.

Love these tiebacks (above). Add a modern and industrial touch with out-of-the-ordinary hardware. Che figata!

I love the chandeliers (above) from Pascal Delmotte and below from Arren Williams Design Lab. Simple, modern and elegant… and very cool.

Another cool feature from Pascal Delmotte (below) is to incorporate natural elements like rocks or boulders into your interior design. Very organic and modern and very cool.

“Tee-se-itse (Do-it-yourself) TUESDAY!” A Simple Garden

It’s “tee-se-itse TUESDAY!” That’s “do-it-yourself” in Finnish! If you’re like me, you’d love to have a beautiful vegetable or herb garden, but just don’t have the time. Why not create your own simple “tee-se-itse” simple garden? It can be as manageable as you need it to be. For me, a few herbs in pots will do!

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I like the idea of making your little garden decorative and using out-of-the-ordinary items like tea cups. You can recycle and use ordinary aluminum cans.

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Simple terra cotta pots on a window sill in your kitchen can make you smile.

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I rediscovered an old white bench I had in our garage and moved it to our garden. I planted oregano, thyme, basil and strawberries in inexpensive terra cotta pots. I placed it in a sunny location.

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I smile everytime I see it.

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My son, Constantine, likes to put our bunny, Snowball, near the herbs to see if he’ll eat them. Constantine also loves watering the herbs and watching them grow.

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I love my simple and manageable “tee-se-itse” garden!