Scandinavian Sunday

Whether you’re referring to interiors or fashion, ask someone what their “style” is and you may see a slight wave of panic sweep across their face. We find it so hard to define what we like aesthetically. I’ve stopped trying to label my style. Mostly because I don’t want to restrict myself. However there is one consistent trait in my aesthetic. I have a full on appreciation for the simplicity of a clean line.

No surprise then that I’m drawn to Scandinavian design. Clean lines and simplicity, done really well. One brand in particular has been catching my eye, the Danish company FERM LIVING. I have always kept an eye on what they’ve been doing online, but I’ve been coming across their products in so many stores since I moved to the US. Huset on Abbot Kinney (LA), Lawson Fenning on Melrose Ave (LA) and Prism in Ballard (Seattle).  These stores must see the same quality of design as I do in FERM LIVING products.

You can totally commit to the Scandinavian aesthetic, creating an airy, minimalist space with lots of natural light, but the beauty of this aesthetic is that you can also blend it so well with other styles.  It naturally compliments so much because of the excellent design of products. This week I’m sharing my top picks from FERM LIVING, which can be easily incorporated into any space.

Textiles. Think graphic prints.

1. Black Mini Stick Cushion 2. Cut Cushion – Off White 3. Spear Cushion 4. Mountain Cushion
Remix Blanket – Grey

Lighting.  Think minimalist with a pastel palette.

Socket Pendant High – Dark Blue
Socket Pendant Low – Rose

Storage.  Think display worthy practicality.

1. Grid Laundry Basket 2. Wire Basket (Large) – Petrol 3. Wire Basket (Large) – Rose 4. Triangle Laundry Basket

Green Living.  Think anything but round.

1. Hexagon Vase – Rose 2. Hexagon Pot Extra Large – Brass 3. Hexagon Pot Large – Dusty Green 4. Plant Box – Ochre

Furniture.  Think basics with a colour twist.

Herman Stool – Light Grey / Ochre
Herman Stool – Dusty Blue

I get an immediate sense of calm from spaces that are true to the Scandinavian aesthetic.  It’s the simplicity that does it. Connect with me on Instagram (@squareandoval) and direct me to your Scandinavian inspired spaces using the #scandinaviansunday hashtag.  I’d love to see your take on this style!

S&O x

Leather Wings

I’m back to my visual daydreaming this week and talking about a classic. The tan leather couch.

Leather is one of those materials that has a no nonsense appeal, a quiet confidence that makes you stop and take notice. I love the richness of the material.  It’s robust, always looks like it has a story, and instantly makes me think about spicy and deep smoky scents. Think Tom Ford fragrance.

A tan leather couch is a stand-alone piece that needs very little to compliment it, and so requires minimal styling. Leather is all about texture however, so I do like to team it with other contrasting materials like sheepskin.  I’ve pulled together some sample looks below.

Image @empirehomewares
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You can see how it really is all about the couch doing its thing and not overcomplicating the accessories.  I’ve gone with some blue tones to achieve this look, and have pulled from some of my LA favourites, Lawson Fenning (1 & 4) and Nickey Kehoe (3).

1. Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin (Lawson Fenning) 2. Magical Thinking Shibori Streak Pillow (Urban Outfitters) 3. Kinaree Euro Pillow (Nickey Kehoe) 4. Black Lines Kilim Pillow (Lawson Fenning)
Sven Sofa (Article) ***Currently on SALE***
Jute Lattice Rug – Navy / Ivory (Pottery Barn)

A great friend of mine sent me this excerpt a few weeks ago.  It made me laugh and I felt it was particularly apt to share it with you this week.

“ I always say – a prejudice on my part, I’m sure – you can tell a lot about a person’s character from his choice of sofa.  Sofas constitute a realm inviolate unto themselves.  This, however, is something that only those who have grown up sitting on good sofas will appreciate.  It’s like growing up reading good books or listening to good music.  One good sofa breeds another sofa; one bad sofa breeds another bad sofa.  That’s how it goes.

There are people who drive luxury cars but have only second or third-rate sofas in their homes.  I put little trust in such people.  An expensive automobile may be worth its price, but it’s only an expensive automobile.  If you have the money, you can buy it.  Procuring a good sofa, on the other hand, requires style and experience and philosophy.  It takes money, yes, but you also need a vision of the superior sofa.  That sofa among sofas.” – Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

I cannot help but think that a tan leather sofa falls into the category of a sofa among sofas.

S&O x