January is the month of starting fresh – out with the old and in with the new. This year I am attempting to follow a ‘Lagom Lifestyle’ – starting with conscious buying and slow design, as promoted by Swedish author Niki Brantmark in her book Lagom: Not too Little, Not Too Much. I think it is fair to say that when it comes to design Scandinavians have truly aced it – from storage that acts as decor to accent colours and monochrome artwork they really do live the ‘Lagom Lifestyle’ of design simplicity.
Guided by the popular Scandinavian style choice of simple graphics, displayed on plain or grey walls, I decided that my fireplace needed some Lagom loving this January. After hours of flicking through Pinterest, Elle Decor and Apartment Therapy I had found what I was searching for – a black and white, hand illustrated image of Paris, created by artist Avery Tillmon for Photowall.
This image was available on Photowall – Photowall are a Swedish company with a passion for sustainable design and quality production. Their online wall design service offers a number of customisable canvas prints and wall murals. The great thing about this website is that you are able to customise the canvas/image to fit to the size of the space you have in mind.
The canvas, shipped from Sweden arrived in a matter of days and came rolled up with a do-it-yourself canvas frame – again matched to the exact size of my print. This was super handy for me as I already have a number of frames purchased for my fireplace. In true Scandinavian style, I have layered a number of frames containing motivational phrases and Vogue monochrome postcards alongside the illustrated image of Paris on my fireplace. I still have a long way to go before I finally achieve a Logom home, but now I am starting to understand the simple pleasure of creating my own oasis.
Stay tuned to follow my journey to balanced simplicity!