Before & After // Scandinavian Living Space For A Family

BEFORE & AFTER - SCANDINAVIAN LIVING SPACE FOR A FAMILY KATE DWELL IN STYLE

Source: Judith Mackin

Home renovation can be terrifying, especially if you want to make sure that everything’s gonna fall in place before you start doing something. The truth? You shouldn’t be. Transforming a home certainly takes time, some more than others. See how this family got their dream home by tackling one room at a time…

I’m the kind of person who follows my instincts a lot, something like “spider sense” (pardon that reference). And if my designs or my home doesn’t feel right, then it isn’t right. As a homeowner, it might take quite a bit of browsing through beautiful homes and seeing other people’s transformation to identify that feeling yourself. Actual experience also says a lot, ever been on vacation and enjoy a certain kind of space? Well, maybe that open and airy feeling is what your home should be having. Luckily, when it’s right, you’ll know it is.

For this family, the couple knows that the Before isn’t what they want. Their ideal home is open and bright, but it was nothing like that. Understandably they also didn’t want major renovations. 

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There were A LOT of dark furniture (I mean almost everything). With three young children, it didn’t work. The space isn’t huge and the furniture were bulky and chunky. The dark colors absorbed all the light (and excessive use of leather feels “heavy”). It felt dark and depressing. Have I told you that you can have stylish AND comfortable furniture

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They love the house but not the decor and furniture and didn’t know where to start. Luckily, they brought in professional help, designer Judith Mackin brought in a design plan and from there they’re able to start transforming one room at a time, which is less daunting than trying to renovate your entire home by yourself at one go. See the result for yourself – 

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You haven’t been able to notice wonderful natural light from those window, you couldn’t before. Those dark leather and furniture were too distracting. Now, with a clean and neutral palette in place, you can focus on the beautiful stuff. And it is the same curtains as before! Placing low sofa in front of window allows natural light to flow through. Rather than three small pieces of furniture, opt for one big piece of furniture for small spaces. Tidy and organize, every accessory should have its place and look like they belong there. Remember, clutter always make a small space feel worse.

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They have beautiful wood floors and going for the Scandinavian style, they opted the rug out which can be great for spaces with young children. Consider sisal if you want durable rugs. And a lot of rugs (indoor, outdoor) can be washed and cleaned without too much hassle, they should be great with children. I don’t believe children should be used as an excuse to not have certain things in your home. It’s about how as a parent (and homeowner) you find ways to work around it; finding alternatives or reach a common ground. End of the day, know that you made a conscious decision because you really want to.

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The ever so beautiful rose gold (or copper) work so well with the light wood. Going full wood decor can feel heavy or cabin-like. Mix in metals for a more sophisticated look. In this case, it’s definitely fitting for a couple with three young children. Classy parents. 

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In case you didn’t know, Scandinavian style is clutter-free and they embrace Minimalism which means you should be conscious about what you display on your shelves. Items that add personality or tells a story is always good. Before you start displaying your entire collection of figurines, it always ideal to just highlight a few of them so they look special and unique. An entire collection feels like a woman who wears too much makeup; it’s overwhelming. Obviously, there are times we wear more makeup like at a party or when you have a fellow collector over to specifically browse at your collection, other times? I suggest keeping it simple.

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One of the reasons why the space opened up so much is due to all the open shelving. Able to see everything is key. Create negative space by not crowding the shelves. See rest of the transformation here. I’ve listed items for you to get the look. Note the cushions are more pricey (above 100 bucks) but they’re really gorgeous and works for every sofa.

Since this Before & After series has proven itself to be quite popular, I will be continuing with more such posts. Let me know, leave a comment if you like any of our particular series, Designer Spotlight? Ask Kate?, etc. and I will do my best to keep up. ;) If you would like to see more inspiration and decision making posts for my OWN home (actual reno coming), please stay tuned. ;)

BEFORE & AFTER - SCANDINAVIAN LIVING SPACE FOR A FAMILY KATE DWELL IN STYLE_GET THE LOOK

1. Grasshopper Floor Lamp White // 2. Gwen Sofa // 3. Ibride Edgar Raven // 4. Umbra Cubist Wall Shelf Large Black // 5. Dixon Coffee Table // 6. Linen Cushion Black 45 cm // 7. Yellow Stripes Pillow 45 cm // 8. Normann Copenhagen One Step Up Low White Bookcase // 9. Umbra Tesora Jewelry Box // 10. Peekaboo Acrylic C Table // 11. Designer Pillow Black White 50 cm (20″) // 12. Succulent With Copper Pot // 13. Umbra Podium Copper Display Container // 14. Brass Candle Bowl // 15. Norråsen Laptop Table

See more Before & After – Light And Airy Modern Kitchen // Inviting Modern Guest Room Office Eclectic Living Space

All words by me. This is a non-sponsored post. Items are subjected to availability by respective sellers. Actual price(s) might vary.

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