Home Decor that is Simply You

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Source: Ikea

(Update of my original post: includes photos of the Berlin apartment of our talented young host-couple during our Germany Tour. I think their style is a perfect example of how to decorate a small city apartment using the crisp, clean & contemporary personal style of Scandinavian Decor.)

Out here in the desert life is pretty simple. RV’ing is like boating, you can’t take it ALL with you… priority and multi-use is what Rules. It has me thinking about how I enjoy SIMPLICITY  in just about everything, nowadays. I shared my attempt of Scandinavian decor in my posts Nordic Christmas Home Tour 2015 , and It’s Time to Breathe. Sitting here in the RV and looking at it’s totally functional floor plan that accommodates almost all my living conveniences in such a small space, got me thinking about Ikea and its simple, clean, functional style. Nordic/Scandinavian Style decor.

Source: Ikea

Source: Ikea

It was raining today so I spent the better part of the afternoon perusing Ikea online site. I am looking ahead to an Ikea visit when we head for Phoenix later this month, I want to be prepared in knowing what I want to shop for, since there is not an Ikea in my home town. Actually, since I spent all of my time doing that instead of writing a post for today I decided to share some of that Ikea Inspiration with you. HomeDecor Inspiration posts are the kind of blog posts I love to read myself. I will try not to ramble on too much between photos, and just let the gorgeous photos inspire.

IKEA

Source: Ikea

Ta-dah, I also found a video (my first of 2016) from Ikea that shows some nice simple Scandi stylin’…a Swedish couple’s, Gina & Nils, home tour. There are lots of good ideas stuffed into this short video. Do you think they’re a real couple? I am going to say they ARE. In the video some little things (simple picture display, simple but elegant table setting, colorful items displayed in the kitchen) remind me of the style I saw in the apartment of our young host couple in Berlin. It all takes me back here comes the ramble to when, in my 20’s and early 30’s, our home decor was really a more organic and simple style.

Source: Ikea

Source: Ikea

I would love to say the Captain & my early decor was Scandinavian Style, but it was not, (sigh) although I suppose, it did have a mid-century flair, only because that is what was at garage sales in the 70’s. I realize now, that although we had less, every piece (well almost) had a little story behind it; whether it be a hand-me-down tale or special memory of a hand-picked treasure.

Source: SM inc Decor

Source: SM inc Decor

Source: SM inc Decor

Source: SM inc Decor

Source: SM inc Decor

Source: SM inc Decor

Source: SM inc Decor

Source: SM inc Decor

Source: SM inc Decor

Source: SM inc Decor

Source: Ikea

Source: Ikea

Do you remember the story behind your first pieces of (grownup) furniture or special first-home accessories? In our home today some of our first pieces are still hanging around; they are a part of our personal story, even though they don’t fit perfectly into our new decor style…Just a reminder of when times not things or decor styles were important. New couples always have a blended decor style at first, we did for sure. Aside from the velvet Elvis painting (just kidding) it was a gold plaster Aztec calendar everything “looked great” in our early homes because our style was Us and what we had was simple.

Source: Ikea

Source: Ikea

How does your home’s style reflect YOU?

Thanks M & S for sharing your decorating talents with my MML readers.

And thanks to MML readers for Meeting Me Lakeside. If you haven’t noticed, I have changed the Menu options to include HOME DECOR and Entertaining/Tablescapes, and Recipes, as per reader comments and emails. Also a new category in the Menu is Photography Tutorials, which will begin in mid-Spring.

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