How to Master the Art of Scandinavian Design, According to Experts

Photo credit: Courtesy of Liza Laserow
Photo credit: Courtesy of Liza Laserow

From Veranda

Between fashion brands like Ganni, Stine Goya, and By Malene Birger dominating the style landscape; companies like Ikea bringing functional home design to the masses; and architectural firms like Bjarke Ingels Group reshaping the way we view and build our cities, it’s needless to say Scandinavian design is taking over. And we’re expecting an interest in Scandinavian design to continue growing as the world sees a greater need for sustainable, soul-soothing design to make our homes—and the world—better places to live and thrive.

We talked to authors of three Scandinavian design books, Rhonda Eleish and Edie Van Breems, of the eponymous design firm and home decor brand, along with Liza Laserow, a high-end Swedish antiques expert, interior designer, and co-founder of Nordic Knots, about the basic elements, history, and future of this widely misunderstood decorative arts style.

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Find symmetrical, French design in this ‘soft contemporary’ five-bedroom home in Old Preston Hollow

A combination of French architecture and modern details, the symmetrical design of this Old Preston Hollow home is apparent from the curb.

The home was initially built as a speculative home in 2018 by Barrow Builders Group. Listing agent Gretchen Brasch said the sellers have lived in the home gently, so it still looks new.

Brasch said this property in particular is perfect for those looking to buy a new build because, though it is a few years old, it still has the shine of newness but is completely finished out.

“It’s that best way to buy new construction, because it has that bonus of completion,” she said.

The landscaping has grown in completely. The home has window treatments, and its systems have been checked, It also has some customizations.

At 7,551 square feet, the home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, with a bonus room on the

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Fischer: Consider a spec home, if you can relinquish design decisions | Lifestyle

Last Sunday we had the privilege of “hanging out” with my 8-year-old nephew. Not only did he inform me of this fact, since I had previously used the erroneous terminology “babysitting” or “tending,” but he also told me that I was “sus.”

Feigning coolness, I attempted to define this word in the context in which it was used, but with zero success. He had happened upon my last-minute wrapping frenzy that I was frantically embarking upon in my closet. Wrapping paper, tags, bows, bags, ribbons and tissue paper (not the toilet kind) were strewn about much like the tree limbs and power lines from the September windstorm. When he asked me what I was doing, I explained that I was under direct threat of elf on a shelf to get this done tonight … or else. He replied, “That’s sus, bro.” Thus illustrating my dilemma.

With acute awareness that my

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Contemporary design, luxury finishes at Nature Trail home

Located in the fabulous Nature Trail community, this four-bedroom, three-bath residence “stands apart with high-end contemporary design inside and out. The curb appeal of this ultra-contemporary home, rising out of a green corner lot, immediately grabs attention,” says real estate broker/owner Larry Kuhn. Homeowners will enjoy an abundance of amenities in the community including gated security-attended entry, a community swimming pool, a spacious community clubhouse and nature trails around the community.

Entering the home, the modern design and abundant natural light will wow both homeowners and their guests. “The porcelain floors catch natural light from sliding glass doors, windows, and smaller windows in the roof. Exposed beams contrast beautifully with the neutral wall colors. Elegance is communicated through stone,” says Kuhn. The living area’s marble fireplace is a marvelous focal point and adds both ambiance and warmth to the space, while a wall of windows and doors to the

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New design program introduced in Freedom Collection

Trilogy at Tehaleh recently introduced Design Joy, which is available for homes in its Freedom Collection. The new design program by Shea Homes makes home design simple and invites buyers to work with the same professionals who design Trilogy’s  model homes and resort clubs.

With the Design Joy program, homebuyers choose from five curated style collections and three levels of options within each. Everything from cabinets to flooring to fixtures has been selected by design professionals within three collections: Classic Chic, Fresh and Clean, and Modern Vibe.

The design process has been streamlined for the buyer, reducing the time required to make a home feel like home while also simplifying the pricing process. More details are available by calling 800-685-6494.

The Freedom Collection includes seven floor plans that range in size from 1,622 to 2,366 square feet with two or three bedrooms and two or three bathrooms. Priced from the

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