How to Create a Scandinavian-Inspired Living Room

Post by Lidy of Hello Lidy

How to Create a Scandinavian-Inspired Living RoomEver since we moved into our new home 6 months ago, we’ve been busy bees trying to get our house feeling more like our home. We gave our dining room and master bedroom a makeover, but I was really stumped with our living room upstairs. I wanted it to feel more Scandinavian-inspired so it would flow with the rest of our home design, but still a space that felt playful and casual. It was a lot to fit into one room – I know!

Scandinavian-Inspired Living Room - BEFOREThe living room before was a cool and gloomy space. It was very outdated! The walls were painted green and it almost closed the space up a bit. I love to have green in my home, but in a more natural form – such as plants! The curtains were heavy and beige. The fireplace was the original stone work, which we didn’t want to paint over and lose the character. I really didn’t know how to make the space feel bright and cheery with all the cooler tones, so I opted for blue accents. I was just not satisfied.

So, when it came to redesigning the space I decided to stick to a color palette that was a mix of bright, bold and playful! I chose black and white for the modern and formal look, but threw in grey and pink for that whimsical undertone! Here’s what we did:

  1. Repainted the green walls a fresh and crisp white.
  2. Built a faux mantle to break up the stone fireplace.
  3. Took down the beige drapery and added white curtains to go with the flow of the walls.
  4. Added a built-in desk to utilize the functionality of the space.
  5. Added black, white, grey and pink accents thanks to The Land of Nod’s gorgeous spring pieces!

Scandinavian-Inspired Living Room - AFTERThe space is literally night and day! Our Scandinavian-inspired living room feels so much more brighter, inviting and calming . My family and I absolutely love our new and improved living room – and yes, there are 3 boys in our home. And no, the pink doesn’t seem to bother them in the least! The bold and graphic area rug creates an intimate and inviting feel to the room. I love to layer, so I placed a small cow hide to overlap the larger rug for fun in order to create more texture and color on the floors! It makes the room feel a little more grown up too!

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The pops of pink and grey from the pillows tie in the rug and that amazing grey leather pouf! Of course, the handmade feel of that darling “Home Sweet Home” banner makes everything feel so playful. That cozy throw also helps balance the room between formal and casual. It definitely has that clean Scandinavian look I’ve been trying to accomplish. I’m truly in my happy place here and it’s about time! What do you think of our living room makeover?!

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Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIY

Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod

Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIYIn designing the master bedroom for the Nod Family Home, we wanted to create an art piece to act as a focal point above the fireplace. Our goal was to keep the entire space light, bright and serene, with a nice balance of modern minimalism mixed with natural elements.

Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIY 2We were inspired by all the creative ways we’ve seen salvaged palette wood used, so we knew we wanted to incorporate it into the piece. We took some very rough natural materials, but put them together in a very graphic and organized arrangement to strike a balance. This DIY couldn’t be any easier, and can be adjusted to fit any size space. You could add more rows, use colored peacock feathers or even paint the raw wood to fit your color story. The options are endless.

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Here’s how we created it.

Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIY Materials

  • Salvaged palette wood
  • Feathers
  • Double-sided tape

Instructions

  • Nail two horizontal pieces of palette wood into the wall at least 18 inches apart, it may be more depending on size of wall
  • Using double-sided tape, add feathers to wall and wood

Voila, you have a one of a kind focal piece for your wall.

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet. Her current craft of choice is weaving tiny wall tapestries.

Creating an Art Wall for a Shared Space

Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod
5 Tips for Creating an Art WallYou’ve probably noticed that gallery walls are popping up everywhere you turn, but there’s more than one way to fill a large wall with a mix of artful pieces. When putting together the living room in the Nod Family Home, I created a more flexible version of the popular gallery wall using photo ledges.The great thing about this concept is that it can evolve and change easily to showcase different art, photos and ephemera from your life. Have a new vacation photo? Add it in. Find a great piece of art at a local art fair, prop it up on the ledge. It’s a great way to showcase everything that’s beautiful to you in the moment, without worrying about framing, measuring and wall anchors (man, I hate wall anchors!).Here are some elements I’d recommend adding to your art wall.

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  1. Paintings & Illustrations – Collect pieces that are both framed and unframed from your favorite artists. Look for items that pull together the colors in your room, or include sentiments that apply to your family. Get a mix of vertical and horizontal for variety.5 Tips for Creating an Art Wall 3
  2. Photographs – Include family photographs on the wall. They can be propped up on the ledges, layered in front of art pieces or tacked to the wall space between your shelves. These can be a mix of professional photos and snapshots. Consider using some of your faves for Instagram. The pics we capture on the fly with our phones are often the most representative of our family’s chaotic, wonderful daily life.5 Tips for Creating an Art Wall 4
  3. The Kid’s Art – Include a couple pieces of your kid’s favorite art. I’m constantly amazed by the beautiful watercolors, doodles and paintings that my children create. These can be easily swapped out to display the current favorite.5 Tips for Creating an Art Wall 5
  4. Objects & Toys – One of the best things about this photo ledge approach versus a gallery wall is that it’s easier to create 3-dimensional objects. Maybe a small toy that makes you laugh, or something from your own childhood. Or, even a jar of sand from a recent beach vacation. There are tons of different small items that can add dimension and make the wall uniquely yours.
  5. Painted Canvases – If you need to fill space, consider buying some small stretched canvases and painting them yourself in a graphic shape or pattern to pull the color story together. For ours I simply made a diagonal tapeline on the canvas and did them all two-tone. It grounds the wall, keeping it from getting too chaotic, and gives a backdrop to smaller layered pieces.

Overall, don’t forget to have fun with your art wall. Embrace the playfulness of childhood, and incorporate things that have a bit of that sass. For this wall, we used a handful of mini chalkboards and wrote the words, “sleep, eat, play, repeat,” a little wink at the fun, yet sometimes monotonous routine of a young family. Look at this as an opportunity to showcase little touches of your family that make you smile, and I guarantee it’ll be lovely.

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet. Her current craft of choice is weaving tiny wall tapestries.

Modern Nautical Glam Basement Inspiration

Post by Giulia Doyle, photographer and blogger at Audrey’s

Right now we are in the messy trenches of transforming our unfinished basement into extra living space and guest quarters. While the dust is flying and we can’t see over the stacks of drywall, Danielle, Creative Director at The Land of Nod, and I were brainstorming how this space could look like down the road. I had nautical intentions for the space and pinned beautiful beach side inspired interiors on Pinterest, with lots of nautical blue.

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Danielle helped me add a little ‘oomph’ to my ideas by adding bits of modern and unexpected punches of color. In addition to shades of blue, black and white we also added some pink and mustard yellow/gold. We ended up with a Modern Nautical Glam Basement that I’m sure will transform the space into something comfortable, fun and relaxing.

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The room is about 600 square feet and I already own most of the large furniture pieces, such as white storage closets, a large white sofa, white bed, white dresser and black and white striped rug. Our goal is to use all of the existing neutral elements and to tie the room together with a bunch of fun Land of Nod accessories – many of them just launched last week!

This is what we’re thinking:

Modern nautical glam mood boardWood Rock Lamp with Black Shade /Anchor Hook / Ahmaze Quilt / Swiss Dot Sheets / Wallpaper / Small Wood Cubby Shelf / Abstract / Ice Cream Art / Half Tone Basket / Sunburst Mirror / Geo Throw Pillow / Hello Pillow / Abstract Pillow / Patina Rug

So, along with a couple of planned DIYs and the amazing help from The Land of Nod, I think our Modern Nautical Glam Basement transformation will be a success. Stay tuned for a big reveal once we complete the whole project!

Giulia Doyle blogs at Audrey’s. She loves to share the sweet and savory, be it in the kitchen or travels. She juggles a family and a full-time job – they cook, travel and often paint a wall a new color.