Guest Picks: Scandinavian-Inspired Staycation
This month I am dreaming about running off to a beautiful little Scandinavian summer cottage. . .but sadly, that is not in the cards for me! So instead, I’ve rounded up 20 of my favourite finds to recreate the appearance and texture of a Scandi escape in the home. Think white flooring, crisp blue and white ceramics, luxury fabrics, and diverse decor finds with a international texture. Happy summer!
Knotty Pine Treat Pedestal – $148
This darling little faux bois cake stand would make anything from blueberry muffins to coating cake seem even more flavorful. No snacks on hand? No worries. It would be adorable with a little potted fern or vase of flowers at the top, too.
White Devil Shower Curtain – $125
This ruffled shower curtain from India Rose is well worth the high cost because it makes any toilet feel insanely decadent. I’ve got one in my home and it makes me grin whenever I see it!
Pleated String Lights – $225
These ceramic series lights from Pigeon Toe are so much chicer than the usual plastic variety! String them up over your table, indoors or out, to make an inviting mood.
Cobalt Large Jug with Handle – $59
I adore the cobalt and white stripes on this pitcher in Design House Stockholm — it screams me summer. Can’t you imagine pouring a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice from this beautiful jug in the breakfast table on a sunny Sunday morning?
Qualicum Garden Deck Chair – $300
I would love some of those deck seats from Gallant & Jones to put in my backyard for summer afternoon reading! The cloth sling and cushion are detachable and interchangeable, so you can swap them out from year to year, and the wood frames are handmade with care, so they’ll last forever.
Fleur Deco Pillow – $72
Les Indiennes is one of my favorite textile businesses, producing fresh, simple block-printed designs on organic fabrics. This soft cushion would be perfect for curling up with on your own daybed for an afternoon nap, and I really like the small, subtle printing.
Sorrento Daybed – $1,250
This daybed from Williams-Sonoma Home has me fantasizing about sipping limoncello when gazing out at the sea… but I suppose I would settle for my backyard.
Kasbah Coffee Table – $998
This luminous octagonal dining table inspired by Moroccan archways is calling my name! I can just imagine spreading out a pile of magazines that are fresh and also a glass of mint tea and kicking my feet up following a very long day at the shore.
Fez Pouffe – EUR 95.95
If you haven’t stumbled upon Le Souk yet, you’re in for a real treat! Shop proprietor Danielle de Lange curates the most amazing collection of decoration finds from around the world, and her taste and aesthetic are perfect. I adore this particular embroidered pouf; I would use it as flexible seating, but you could also put a tray on top and use it as a different coffee table.
Tunisian Basket Weave Carafe – GBP 22
Decant your inexpensive”house wine” or ice water into this carafe from Toast for a festive twist to the everyday.
French Café Wine Glass – $10.95
I would use these small glasses for sipping rosé in the garden.
Hemstitch Cocktail Napkins with Monogram – $195
All these heirloom-quality linen cocktail napkins with monograms from Julia B. would include a glamorous note to any summer fete. I am partial to the female mild pink — pink leaves me happy!
Acrobatic Fringe Tablecloth – $98
I’ve had my eye on this tablecloth from Anthropologie for a while now. The stripes, fringe, and muted colour palette include up to make my ideal summer table covering, whether indoors, dining room as well as camping!
Dimensions: 72″ x 90″. Larger size also available. Cotton, Cotton. Machine wash.
Coffee Spoon – $12
I enjoy discovering little things that bring beauty to ordinary moments, like this delicate golden spoon from Canvas. Use it to stir your tea or coffee, or set it into a bowl of sugar or spice.
Calypso St. Barth
Wire Acrylic Tray – $275
Made from chicken wire under acrylic, the picture pattern of the unique serving tray could make an eye-catching backdrop for a heap of novels, a small vase of flowers and a beautiful candle.
Dimensions: 23″ x 17″. Indoor/outdoor use.
Stray Dog Designs
Faux Bois Mirror – $440
Stray Dog Designs is a fantastic company known for their usage of eco-friendly recycled substances and enjoyable color options. This papier mache faux bois mirror is just one of my favorites from their own collection. It is announcement making without being over the top, and that I think it’s especially beautiful in this pale violet.
John Robshaw Textiles
Elephant Cards by John Robshaw – $40
Hand painted elephant stationary from John Robshaw are a fun indulgence. It appears so exquisite I would have a hard time sending it off in the mail! Fortunately it comes at a set of six, so that I really could pen notes to five dear friends and have one card left to seem pretty on my desk.
Hawthorne Chateau Bud Vase by KleinReid – $88
The glowing yellow color of the glaze on this exceptional bud vase from KleinReid caught my attention. It makes quite a statement and will elevate even the simplest cutting from your own garden.
Traditional Tablecloths – $158
These linen blankets by Coyuchi seem so luxurious, do not they? I would keep one handy for snuggling under on cool summer nights stargazing in the backyard.
Printed Lumière Votives – $34
These sweet small votives are amazing lined up down the center of an outside dining table, and the lavender and lime color palette is one of my favorites for the summer.
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