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Book Review – Modern Pastoral

I have been a long time fan of Nikki Brantmark’s blog My Scandinavian Home. So, when I heard that she had a new book, Modern Pastoral, I knew I needed a copy for myself. If you love good Swedish design, you MUST follow her beautiful blog. Nikki takes you into some of the most beautifully simple, clean Scandinavian homes out there. If you’ve followed me for long, you must know how crazy, in love I am for all things Swedish.

I’m still a sucker for a good hardcover, coffee table book. Yeah, you can find pretty much everything on Pinterest, but there is something special about taking time to hold a real book and enjoy the curated images and stories that have be crafted together.

This gorgeous book takes you through some lovely interiors photographed in Scandinavia and the United States.  “All are inspried by natural landscapes, making use of exposed wood and stone, large windows to let in light and plants and greenery – yet adding warmth, too, through color, fabrics, and all the personal touches that create a home.”
The book is divided into 4 chapters – Forest, Graphical, Homestead and Waterside.  I found myself drawn to the second chapter, Graphical, the most. These homes features clean, colorless palettes with a beautiful balance between natural, rustic elements and bold, geometric patterns. The homes are far from cold and sterile, warmth and comfort are added with natural fibers, sheepskins, and plenty of foliage from the outdoors.
For the past few months I’ve been pinning and drooling over gorgeous black exteriors on homes and cabins. The Woodland Valley Cabin in this chapter is absolute perfection, as far as I’m concerned. Gorgeous black stained siding on the exterior is complimented by bright, white, open rooms inside. The accessories throughout this home are minimal and clean and it has me inspired to pair down and simplify my home even more.
If you love a good design book, this is one you are going to need to add to your collection.
Be sure to head over to Instagram where I am giving away a copy of this gorgeous book.  Check out THIS post for all the giveaway details.  

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