I’ve had a few requests from Insiders to create a Get The Look article for a boho-Scandinavian interior design, and I thought Karen Maj Kronum’s home would provide a fabulous starting point and inspiration.
If you haven’t seen her Copenhagen apartment yet, take a look here – It is one of the most popular home tours ever featured on Nordic Design!
It is warm, inviting, and casual, without compromising on style; an authentic home that reflects its residents rather than passing trends. It consists of an edited mix of vintage finds, patterns, art, handcrafted decorative items, and patinated furniture. The look is eclectic, beautifully undone, yet curated.
Below you’ll find the inspiration, a shopping list, as well as a few styling notes.
The Shopping List
1. Fiddle Fig faux plant (or get a real one if you’ve got a green thumb!)
2. Little Blue print by Linnéa Andersson
3. Ceramic flowerpot from House Doctor
4. Vintage gold frame
5. Crinkle cotton throw from H&M Home
6. Shelf 1112 SHOW from Montana
7. Realism No. 55 by Atelier CPH
8. Small brown ceramic elephant sculpture by Day Birger Et Mikkelsen
9. Poul Kjaerholm PK22 easy chair in wicker from Fritz Hansen
10. Icelandic sheepskin throw
11. Beni Ourain rug
12. Exhibition poster Fondation Maeght Braque 1958
13. Clamp-on task lamp by Dainolite
14. Artificial cactus (or get a real one if you’ve got a green thumb!)
15. Grey Gotland sheepskin from Black Sheep White Light
16. Deep stoneware plate
17. Wishbone chairs from Carl Hansen & Søn
18. Fruit bowl on foot from Royal Copenhagen
19. PK55 Dining table by Fritz Hansen
20. Ceramic mug
21. Overbeck 1 pendant by Gracie Oaks
22. Large serigraphic print
23. Najia cushion
24. British colonial drawer chest – Look for something in rosewood at thrift stores and flea markets for a similar style
25. Faux areca palm tree (or get a real one if you’ve got a green thumb!)
26. Butterfly sofa from Eilersen
27. E27 pendant from Muuto
28. Quilted throw
29. Bene Ikat cushion from Day Birger Et Mikkelsen
30. Round mirror
31. Old clay pot from Tine K Home
32. Panthella floor lamp from Louis Poulsen
33. Light blue and white sheet set from Urban Outfitters
34. Wassily Kandinsky poster from 1st. Dibs
35. Blue Fields Liberty floral pillow from Tine K Home
36. Braided lampshade from Ferm Living
37. Walnut Liberty floral pillow from Tine K Home
38. Hood metal desk lamp from Leitmotiv
39. Small 2×3′ Persian mat
Remember: Recreating the look is not necessarily about getting the exact same item, but emulating the look and feel of a place.
Things that make a boho-Scandi look, as seen in Maj Kornum’s home:
– The boho look is a layered style; it uses a mix-and-match of numerous decorative accents gathered over time. So don’t be afraid to blend items from different eras, styles or origins, to lean into the feeling of a collected home.
– Embrace a global vibe by borrowing elements from design styles in various cultures: Tribal patterns, thick Berber or Persian rugs, floor pillows, a ceramic vase, a quilt, figurines, etc.
– Are you still thinking that hanging art is tricky or difficult? Maj Kornum’s home is a good example that sometimes, you just have to forget the design rules and go with what you like. A free-spirited approach to decorating is what bohemian style is all about.
– Notice how the core palette is consistent: White walls and bare floor boards provide a foundation for a bright and airy Scandi look. You will also find lots of patinated oak furniture, which add warmth. Black details provide contrast and tie the look together.
– A mix of graphic shapes, patterns and colors adds playfulness and allows the owners freedom of expression, which is characteristic of a boho style.
– A successful eclectic look starts with a few red threads. In Maj Kornum’s home, you’ll notice that the majority of furniture is from the mid 20th century, and lighting fixtures have a retro industrial style.
– For vintage Scandinavian furniture, I recommend you shop at these 10 great shops.
– For ethnic-inspired home accessories, I particularly like these brands:
+ Etsy is also a fabulous place to browse around if you can’t make it to Morocco, India or Peru (like most of us right now).
Spotted a home you love on Nordic Design and want to know how to recreate the look? Let me know!