Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

5 year blogoversary! Part 5, 2009

The last part of this retrospective will give you glimpses from last year, 2009. Many of these posts are probably fresh in many of your memories, but I've picked a few of my personal favourites that I think deserves to be shown again.

Tomorrow I'll be back here, sharing my favourites from the Formex fair (a big trade fair, mostly for shop owners and others in the retail business, but with some interesting stuff for the rest of us too) that I visited today!

Photos by the always brilliant Norwegian photographer Siren Lauvdal, for Elle Interiør Norway, which in my humble opinion is one of the best deco mags in the world.


These shots from Sköna Hem's trend preview for 2009 are great, and I feel that they worked very well for 2010 too.


A huge necklace for hanging clothes felt like a fresh and innovative idea, and I still believe it would add a nice glamorous touch to my bedroom. Designed by Hommin.


Ever since I saw this photo printed curtain I've wanted one for myself too, and I have even gone as far as too investigate how to get it done here in Sweden, and what the costs would be. Now I just have to decide on the motif. Oh, and find a place for it! I think this is a great way to give the illusion of a bigger room while you are actually making it smaller by dividing it with the fabric. The curtain in the picture is designed by Bauke Knottnerus.

I remember when I listened to a lecture on the upcoming trends, I believe it was by Lotta Lewenhaupt from Elle Interiör, at a fair early that year, and she said that trompe l'oeil would become popular. I didn't believe her. But oh how wrong I was! This is an artform that has been seen everywhere in the last year! On wallpaper, fabric, wallstickers, furniture, you name it... Most of the time I don't like it, but then again sometimes, very rarely, something like this comes along and I just have to surrender. Lotta, I'm sorry I didn't trust you, you were so right!

Lotta has a blog here, it's in Swedish, but you should all read it (use google translate!) because this is a woman with a lot of knowledge about design and style, and you always learn something new, either about design or about life, from reading her posts.


The post on this home for sale made some people a little upset. I claimed that this is not at all how the average Swedish home looks, but some disagreed. I am still convinced I am right though. :) I've visited enough homes that looks nothing like this to be able to say that the above pictures are NOT average in any way. But they sure are nice!

I actually like it when the commenters get a bit upset, I think there should be more room for discussion and criticism in the design blog community. It gets a little blaaah sometimes with all the cuteness. Do you agree?


Last but not least, I updated my Stockholm Guide. I know many people find my blog looking for a more personal guide to the city, and I hear they like this post I wrote. I am going to update this again next spring (I just didn't have the time this year) with some new favourites of mine.


See you here tomorrow for a short report from Formex! Take care, and thanks for reading!


  • Anna @ D16 says:

    Happy Blogoversary, Emma! I've been enjoying all of these posts. :)

    Your blog is such a great source of inspiration for so many, myself included. Thank you for all the time you put in to assembling all of the images you share.

    Here's to 5 more! xox

    2010-08-13 | 03:17:45
    URL: http://www.doorsixteen.com/
  • Kristen Liu says:

    Thank you for all the posts. It is a pleasure to read that :)....

    2010-08-13 | 11:18:35
  • Shirley Briedenhann says:

    A very happy 5th anniversary from Cape Town, South Africa. I love your blog Emma!

    2010-08-13 | 16:11:05
  • kelsey says:

    Wow that is so exciting!your blog has always been one of my favorites. Thanks for being so inspiring! and happy weekend :)

    2010-08-13 | 22:05:05
    URL: http://www.invisiblehouse.typepad.com
  • Anonym says:

    Oh, I love that huge wooden lamp in the second picture. Does anyone know where it´s from?

    2010-08-14 | 11:18:26
  • Charlotte says:

    Happy Blogoversary! And thanks for all the work you do on your blog, it's a must-read for me.

    2010-08-15 | 10:15:41
    URL: http://http://lavalotti.wordpress.com/
  • johan andrén says:

    helt klart inte ett vanligt svenskt hem, genomsnittets svensk har nog inte en loewe tv för det första sjukt snyggt, vart hittar jag mer från lägenheten?

    2010-08-16 | 10:06:47
    URL: http://www.nihilisten.se
  • emma ::emmas designblogg:: says:

    Thank you all so much for your comments and congratulations!

    Johan, the original post is here: http://emmas.blogg.se/2009/august/a-real-swedish-home.html

    I found the apartment on a blog called Designfragment, perhaps you can find more pics there?

    2010-08-16 | 21:55:31
    URL: http://emmas.blogg.se/
  • Solåkra says:

    Stort grattis i efterskott,.

    2010-08-17 | 18:29:56
    URL: http://solakra.blogg.se/
  • denise says:

    congrats emma! and yes, i prefer open discussion by readers of blogs. some time ago i mentioned that i thought you were changing your style (it's your blog, after all) - more dos than emmas so to speak!) it was not meant as criticism, simply an observation - and full credit to you. you took it in good faith and even said why some of the images may have been in a different style. an open view is a better view. i always check your blog, it always good.

    2010-08-25 | 04:25:49
  • ktstry says:

    Just wanted to chime and say: I follow quite a few design blogs, and I'm convinced that yours is my fav! The bright light, delicate mix between modern and romantic, industrial and soft, ikea and vintage, and, of course, all the gorgeous, gorgeous white! I never leave disappointed. Thanks for 4 months of design therapy :)

  • lush bella says:

    i'm so happy for you! whenever i visit your blog, i find myself losing track of time and then hours later, i'm behind in what i'm supposed to be doing, but so inspired! thanks emma!

    2010-08-31 | 19:57:53
    URL: http://lushbella.blogspot.com/
  • Knysna Accommodation says:

    Takk for fin og spennende blog - gøy å lese!!

    2010-09-09 | 10:18:03
    URL: http://www.sastay.co.za
  • Janne amalie Svit says:

    Takk for en super blogg!

    Har du funnet ut hvor man kan lage en slik gardin??

    Har noen bilder jeg kunne tenkt meg trykket på stoff.


    2010-09-29 | 21:37:24
  • Nia Bassett says:

    Discussion is always better. And good discussion is the best. (I miss you Decorno!) People who chime in on blogs are often just so nice - no controversy. Often it's barely worth reading the viewer comments. I beg you, please change this. Change it and you'll have a much more dynamic blog verses an online picture book.

    2011-01-07 | 23:35:44

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