Beyond Ikea: Swedish Design Blogs to Discover

Beyond Ikea: Swedish Design Blogs to Discover

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Shifrah Combiths
Apr 20, 2015
(Image credit: DosFamily)

Today we travel far into the northern hemisphere to Sweden, a country we feel we know a bit through our beloved Ikeas, which have fostered our love of Scandinavian design since the first U.S. store opened in 1985. Clean lines, negative space, and utility come together for a characteristic design aesthetic that beautifully melds form and function. These blogs take us beyond any American Ikea kitsch into the heart and homes of the country that started it all.

While many Swedish design blogs highlight neutrals, texture, and stark minimalism, Jenny Brandt of Dos Family defies the stereotype. Her home, pictured above, is at once intense and ordered and — from the black and white photo gallery of women in horror films on her bedroom wall to her daughter's unicycle perched at the bottom of the stairs — always eclectic. Explore Jenny's unique DIY posts, like how to make Perler bead portraits, or be inspired by her playful yet adult take on the spray-paint-everything-gold trend: robots touched by Midas. My favorite part of her site, though, is the house tours, residences and summer homes of real-life Swedish families, as seen through Jenny's artful eye.

(Image credit: One Fine Day)

Elisabeth Dunker of Gothenburg invites us into an intimate Swedish world in which the beauty and warmth of folksy textiles makes us want to try out a winter in Sweden. Elisabeth runs a beautiful shop, pictured above, and her blog is "inspiration-focused." She takes us along to a macrame workshop and on little jaunts to delightful Swedish shops. One Fine Day is full of softness and light, fog and mittens, and suffused with a certain slant of the light that reminds us we're looking at a world far away.

(Image credit: Anna Leena)

Designer Annaleena of Annalenna's Hem takes us into the Swedish realm of utter simplicity and sleek sophistication. Her blog leads us through interiors she's designed, photographs she's styled, and one-of-a-kind sleek and modern DIYs like these wire-wrapped trivets. If "Swedish design" brings to mind whiteness, space, and a modern yet timeless aesthetic, this is the space for you.

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