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Simply Skandi

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

You name it, we've seen it in design and maybe you've even tried a few out yourselves - Minimalist, Industrial, Shabby Chic, French Country, Coastal, the list goes on..... but the one I'm currently in love with is the Scandinavian movement, often known simply as Skandi. Let's face it, most of us have been looking at it in the UK ever since IKEA first opened it's doors, but it's just not tiring out. In fact it's developing here in Britain, just as it did in it's home Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland after it emerged in the early part of the last century. It's a simple, cheerful and bright home that's very functional as well as cosy, welcoming and comfortable. The colours are naturals, bright whites, untreated wood, washed out tones, with splashes of the outdoors in greens and blue hues.

The style flourished in Scandinavia during the 50's, a decade much of the current furniture pays homage to, clean lines, easy on they eye, with their upholstery in velvet and linens. Add some splashes of folk art, glass and metal, green planting, natural pots, wood floors, faux furs and simple soft furnishings. We were lucky enough to be asked to do just this and make bespoke handsewn roman blinds in this stunningly decorated home in Buckinghamshire.

The decor encapsulates this style so well, thought through and carried out beautifully through the naturally creative abilities of our clients, Trudy and Bryn from The Flower Studio in Marlow. From the outset, they wanted window coverings that wouldn't detract from their gorgeous Skandi style room designs at home. A plain, natural linen was used to subtly complement the rooms rather than make a bold statement. Curtains for this Lane End property were discussed, but roman blinds were chosen, positioned in the recess with their design straight and unobtrusive so as not to hide the uneven old oak beams. We ensured the blinds had as little stack as possible to keep the light flowing into the rooms and not detract from the already decorative frames. Thermal blackout roman blinds were put into the bedrooms to help keep them warm and although this old property had naturally uneven window openings, which made things tricky, we were all very happy with the final result.

Thank you to Bryn and Trudy for allowing me to publish photographs of their beautiful house. All the plants are from their local business The Flower Studio in Marlow.

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