A Colorful, “Scandinavian Modern” Home in Michigan

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Colorful, “Scandinavian Modern” Home in Michigan

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Soogee, husband Tae and their three kids
Location: Okemos, Michigan
Size: 2376 square feet (including the basement)
Years lived in: 3 years

Soogee wears a lot of hats. The mom of three kids, she also helps her husband run a couple of family businesses. The couple are also avid foodies, and they enjoy making delicious Asian- and European-inspired cakes and pastries. She’s also a decorator and realtor! When Soogee is not busy with kids, business or baking, she enjoys browsing through design inspiration and documenting her finds on Instagram. She’s also a self-proclaimed interior blog junkie, which came in handy when they designed this house.

Soogee and her husband considered renovating an existing home, but after some math, came to the conclusion that building from scratch was the right fit for their family and their budget.

“Before deciding on building, my husband and I home shopped and most all homes in the area were stuck in the ’80s. I calculated the cost to renovate to my specific taste, but quickly realized I would be spending well beyond what it would’ve cost to start from scratch. I wanted a more modern home.”

So Soogee gathered inspiration from interior blogs and Houzz to create her home’s look.

“I knew this home would be our family’s home until the littlest one graduates from high school,” writes Soogee. “I wanted to keep some things classic and timeless and not too trendy. But the home also needed to match our family’s personalities.

Also, functionality was important. Each room had to have a purpose and had to be utilized well. My last home had a formal dining area, which was used twice a year. So we did not make room for a formal dining room here. Instead, I incorporated a large nine-foot island that the kids are always sitting at, and adults always congregate at during dinner parties.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Scandinavian-modern

Favorite Element: Three big, almost counter-to-ceiling height windows in kitchen area facing beautiful mature trees.

Biggest Challenge: While staying true to my style, having re-sell value in mind. Most buyers like traditional homes in the area we live in. So, even though I wanted to go more modern, I had to tone it down by going a bit more towards the traditional style.

What Friends Say: Love seeing a different — a more modern home — in a town filled with traditional homes. Never knew white walls can look warm.

Biggest Embarrassment: Stopping by the home every single day of build. I’m not normal.

Biggest Indulgence: The Kohler freestanding tub in the master bath. The simple, clean, modern, yet beautiful lines of the tub had me SOLD! Our family actually uses it a lot and it is my kids’ favorite place to take their bath.


Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Upstairs
Sherwin Williams — Abalone & White Dove

Tufted Sectional — Art Van
Sofa Cushions — Target
Fireplace — Napoleon, Linear 45 Fireplace
Fireplace Stone — Realstone Systems Collections Mocha Honed
Custom Cabinetry — Pioneer Cabinetry
Wallpaper — Sherwin Williams

Dining Table — Parsons Expandable Dining Table West Elm
Dining Chairs — Eames Molded Plastic Wire-Base Side Chair
Light Fixture — Rectangular Crystal Chandelier from a Local Lighting Store

Cabinets — Custom Pioneer Cabinetry
Countertop — Quartz – Silestone, White Zeus Ext.
Backsplash — Marble Herringbone
Refrigerator — Fisher & Paykal
Oven, Microwave, Gas Cooktop, Hood, Dishwasher — Bosch
Faucet (sink + water filter) — Moen

Table — Blu Dot, Strut Large Table in White
Wall Polka Dots — Oh Joy for Target
Prints — Home Goods
Office Chair — Home Goods
Window Treatment — Pottery Barn
Curtain Rod & Light Fixture — Restoration Hardware

Wallpaper — Orla Kiely, Giant Abacus Wallpaper
Headboard — Wayfair
Bedding — Serena & Lily
House Bookcase — Pottery Barn
Dresser & Nightstand — Pottery Barn
Window Treatment — Land of Nod

Wall Decal — WallCandy Arts French Bull Izzy Wallpaper from AllModern
Headboard — Wayfair
Bedding — Pottery Barn Teen
Dresser and Nightstand — Land of Nod
Wall-mounted book shelf — IKEA
Small Table and Blue Chairs — Pottery Barn
Window Treatment — Land of Nod

Bunk Bed — Restoration Hardware Industrial Loft Bunk Bed
Bedding — West Elm
Desk and Chair — IKEA
Hutch, Dresser, Nightstand — Pottery Barn

Headboard — Custom
Bedding — IKEA and Ralph Lauren
Dresser and Nightstand — West Elm Mid-Century Line
Print — Oliver Gal

Appliances — LG Front Load
Cabinets — IKEA
Countertop — Quartz
Sink, Faucet and Backsplash Tiles — Overstock
LAUNDRY sign — Home Goods

Black and White Striped Wall — Sherwin-Williams, Inkwell and Pure White
Grey Sectional — Tillary Sofa, West Elm
Blue Sectional — Art Van
Coffee Table — Wayfair
TV console + Bookcases + Tables — IKEA
Lucite Chairs — Home Goods

Sink and Faucet — Kohler
Freestanding Tub — Kohler, Sunstruck
Sconce — Restoration Hardware
Towel Knobs and Pulls — Restoration Hardware
Cabinets — Pioneer Cabinets

Round Mirrors — in Persimmon
Light Fixture
Faucet — Kohler
Cabinets — Pioneer Cabinetry

Thanks, Soogee!

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