If it's Swedish and Folksy...it's too fun!
My ancestry is Swedish/Irish and my husband's is Norwegian/Irish, so we hearken to some Scandinavian sentiments here. I never realized how much I swooned over anything Swedish (or Scandinavian in general) until I discovered A Home by Carl Larsson over 10 years ago. Now I'm flipped-out, head-over-heels gone on Swedish and Folksy!
I was also drawn to Maine for some unknown reason, but I'm now convinced it's because it fits with my this-side-of-the-Atlantic version of Sweden! Imagine how delighted I was to find that there are actually quite a few Scandinavians here in Maine...with wonderful shops and antiques to boot!
But I'm also not totally into the plain, monotone French-inspired Swedish. I love the colorful more peasant-style Swedish of the whimsical persuasion and this covers more than purely Scandinavian. I love the rustic-ruffley cottage decor that's fun and simple and bright! This is my definition of 'folksy' and I find all sorts of treasures that fall into this category.
So what about INSIDE the cottage?
Well, let's take a look! It doesn't have to be dark and woodsy only--to be a cottage. It can be sweet, light, and airy, too, of course.
So where's the balance--that's what I wanna know! I've just got so many ideas runnin' through my poor head! How will I ever make a decision?
Someone's got to help me! Scroll down and see what you think...