Hi there, my name is Kari Anne. I am the founder of a new UK lifestyle store called White Punch and also the girl behind the White Punch Blog. I am so delighted that Hege would let me guest post here on her fabulous blog. Like Hege, I am a Norwegian living abroad and for the last 15 years I have been living in and around London, UK.
Today I would like to talk about the ways of mixing ethnic interior items into Scandinavian style homes.
I absolutely love a Nordic exotic theme in a home. You can really notice this trend in the big Scandinavian brands like House Doctor, Bloomingville, By Nord and especially Tine K Home. When you read interviews with the people behind the brands and what influences them and their design, then their travels and experiences while travelling always tops their list. Travelling is definitely something the Scandinavians are passionate about. I read an article the other day that Norwegians are the most travelled nation in the world and that their travelling tends to now take them much further away than before. Far away exotic places like Mexico, Morocco, Bali and Thailand are top destination for many Scandinavians and we can really see it reflected in their interior. The simple and clean lines of Scandinavian interiors are the perfect canvas for adding items with a more ethnical feel and here are some suggestion on how to do so.
Plain walls can be decorated with strong bold ethnical prints or add some texture with glorious JuJu hats, which Hege wrote about earlier here.
Stools, poufs and baskets with an ethnical feel are both practical and versatile. Mix and match for great effect.
Moroccan Rugs really adds character to a home. Dare to be bold or go for more subtle colour like this handmade cream and black rug.
I love the way the natural colour of wood and straw can bring warmth to a room. Hang up your hats and baskets.
Bring the outside in with tropical and interesting plants.
YOUR SPECIAL FINDS
Include your special finds from your travels into your interiors, seen here done by the very talented stylist and photographer Hannah Lemholt.
CREATE THE LOOK
Here are some products from White Punch that can create that Nordic exotic look.
Till next time, -take care.
Kari Anne xx
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