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Simply Scandinavian [Hardcover]

Sara Norrman
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8 April 2010
Scandinavian interior design is admired the world over for its unpretentious simplicity and understated elegance. Rooms are typically airy, light and bright. Furnishings are modern design classics from the key names of Scandinavian design usually mixed with pretty antique and vintage pieces. The beauty of natural materials, especially wood, is celebrated in the home. It's a style that's in tune with today's wish for calm, uncluttered spaces to live in. The 20 homes featured in this book are presented as case studies, with chapters including Elegant Simplicity, Pared-down Modern, Contemporary Rustic and Eclectic. Each home showcases an aspect of Scandinavian interior design and the home owners include architects, fashion and jewellery designers and antique dealers.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (8 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184597977X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845979775
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 22.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sara Norrman grew up in Stockholm, where her style aesthetics were shaped by the capital's beautiful scenery, her family's 19th-century summer house, and trips to Ikea. Sara has worked for many style publications and is now managing editor at Livingetc.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful 19 Mar 2011
By P. Lamb
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for anyone who loves the Scandinavian design aesthetic. It has four main sections, breaking down the styles into elegant simplicity, vintage-inspired, pared-down modern and contemporary rustic. Although the homes in each section are very different from each other, the book is cohesive and certain elements defining Scandinavian style run through all the interiors featured.

This is not a how-to book in that it doesn't provide tips on achieving the look but it features beautiful images that are simply inspiring. The book makes you want to bring some of those light, bright, calm, functional and unpretentious elements of Scandinavian interiors into your own home.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 25 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What I liked the most in this book was that it showcases ordinary scandinavian homes and that it explains how this kind of style can be achieved and how it has evolved over the years.
Beautiful pictures.
Great quality.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Isn't it good, Norwegian wood? 15 Dec 2012
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"Interior trends come and go" says the first line of the introduction. True; my parents furnished our house with the Georgian furniture being chucked out (sometimes literally; father and a mate would walk the streets on bins day, seeing what had been discarded) as trendier, less skint households went over to blonde birch and "contemporary" textiles. It is NOT true that Scandinavian design has always been trendy, however; it is currently enjoying a new spell in the limelight after decades in the doldrums. Nor is it the case, as the text claims, that "Households in Scandinavia did away with dark furniture as early as the 1950s" - Swedish Gustavian furniture of the 18th century is painted in pale subtle colours, and if you love Scandinavian style you should check out the light-filled interiors in The paintings of Carl Larsson, from the early 20th century.

One should not expect too much from this book. It is one of a whole slew of look-alike titles from publishers Ryland, Peters and Small, with texts that read as if they had been composed by a committee. It is like a series of magazine articles in which we are introduced to the 'beautiful homes' and their owners, with rather more about the private lives of the owners, and less about design, than I for one would prefer (you may differ and be charmed). One advantage of this treatment is that we see very many different versions of Scandinavian style, and we see them lived in, even if the photographer or stylist has clearly tweaked them a good deal.

You would think all this would make this book a useful design resource for those hoping to acheive a Scandinavian aesthetic of their own. Up to a point, Lord Copper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Enchanting 27 Dec 2012
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A beautiful book showing beautiful pictures of truly stunning interiors all in the simplicity of the Scandinavian style. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for your interior and love the simplicity of Nordic design then this book is "simply" perfect.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!!!! 13 Oct 2011
By Mrs G
Format:Hardcover
This book provides just the right balance of narrative and images. The text is informative with historial references and interesting facts and accounts and the photographs/images are exactly what I wanted to see. This book gives you plenty of information and ideas. It features typical and inspirational Scandinavian schemes and pieces. The price is also excellent; it arrived swiftly in perfect condition.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cool collection of homes 19 Oct 2010
By Page
Format:Hardcover
A quality collection of homes with plenty of photo's to wet the appetite. Other books go in to depth regarding Scandi designers but this book covers lot's of homes, just what I wanted!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 30 Jun 2014
By mimi
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A gorgeous book full of inspiring ideas and beautifully illustrated. Very much like the pared-down modern.
I'm already at the planning stage. So wish I had a rural retreat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely photos
Interesting text and lovely photos - nice to read why people decorated in that style and what their thinking was at the time.
Published 27 days ago by B. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for inspiration
Well laid out informative read. the images are of high quality, an inspiration for architects and interior designers or just for someone who want to get inspired for a home fit... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nicholas Milton
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Very happy with this product, exactly what I wanted. However the packaging wasnt great as the dust cover was crumpled at the back. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lauren Guise-Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
This was bought as a present from a wish list. Architect student who received it was really impressed with it
Published 8 months ago by Mrs A Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Well laid out, nice quality book.
Great pictures along with a concise description of the style and how to use it as inspiration in your own home. Read more
Published 19 months ago by May Kasahara
4.0 out of 5 stars a good and useful decoration book
this book simply review what the Scand style looks like and present very beautiful images. However one thing I think about is, Scandinavia area is quite north and I am really care... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2011 by luuu
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW GORGEOUS BOOK - FABULOUS- WANT TO MOVE IN!!
WOW - LOVED THE IDEAS AND ROOMS IN THIS BOOK - LOVELY - I WILL PICK IT UP AND DREAM !!!!! GREAT STYLE AND INSPIRATION A+++++++++
Published on 18 Feb 2011 by amber
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