Cool Scandinavian Chic Meets Warm Ethnic Vibes

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Can you think of any better combination than the cool, crispness of white Scandinavian decor married to the warmth and ethnicity of Moroccan inspired interiors? It sounds like a contradiction in terms but when done right it can be absolutely stunning. The chunky woods, beaten metals, embossed silver bowls, and patterned pottery, stand out like punctuation marks against the stark white. Each item, whether standing alone so that it has room to breathe, or piled high in a glorious collection of texture and materials, invites closer inspection. The fingers itch to caress and investigate. To turn over, and feel the love and hand-hewn quality of each and every piece.

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And the secret to making this work? The absence of colour. It’s a carefully curated collection of artisan objects relying on texture and pattern but in a very edited range of shades. The bright colours of traditional Berber rugs, the vibrant silks, and the coloured pots have been left out, leaving the blacks, the whites, the greys and the natural colours of wood and metal.

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And then there are the touches of cooler climes. It’s not just a question of painting the walls and floor white. The absence of any window treatment is a very Scandinavian trait. All the better to let that precious light in. And then there are the trestle tables, the understated furniture and the casual fur throws adorning the chairs.

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Zoco Home [2.]

This wonderful edit of hot and cold is the work of Johanna Weckström who is the owner of a Finnish – Spanish based decoration company, Zoco Home.  She operates from her home in southern Spain where she lives with her family and creates this marriage made in heaven. Have a look at her shop and resist the temptation. I dare you.

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15 Comments

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    James

    December 3, 2015

    Love the designs. Absolutely beautiful just my style! The coffe table is also very very nice.

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    Anna Caroline / Design Studio 210

    November 25, 2015

    I wish I had the right house for an interior style like this. The whole relaxed boho type of feel in a Scandi way like you mentioned is so appealing …. one day maybe. 🙂

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      deardesigner

      November 26, 2015

      I know what you mean Anna. I’d love to do it too but would have to throw everything out and start again. 🙂

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    Rachel @ Fresh Design

    October 27, 2015

    I love Moroccan home decor and accessories, but so often they focus on high colour. So it’s refreshing to see them paired with Scandi style for a change and it works so well. I stumbled across some Moroccan art work the other week that I absolutely love and was trying to forget it as it’s tempting, but now it’s on mind again!

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      deardesigner

      October 28, 2015

      Oh, I know how you feel Rachel. Seeing lovely things and wanting to buy lovely things is an occupational hazard for us. x

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    Karen

    October 26, 2015

    I love the use of texture as a replacement for colour. Soothing tones and really nice combos here!

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      deardesigner

      October 27, 2015

      I agree Karen. Not sure how long I could go before adding some colour though 🙂

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    KAREN JONES

    October 26, 2015

    Love it ! I have a pinterest board called Modern Moroccan which is very similar. I will definitely be checking out the beautiful Zoco home x

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      deardesigner

      October 27, 2015

      Do check it out Karen. Some nice things there. x

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    KarenAnita

    October 26, 2015

    Holy monochrome gorgeousness batman!
    The scandi scene hasn’t always been a huge favourite of mine (white walls scare me because I’m so messy haha), but those rooms are just beaut! So timeless x

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      deardesigner

      October 27, 2015

      They do say that white walls are easy to re-paint regularly Karen. I’m not so convinced. It’s always a huge effort to get the paint brushes out in our house haha. x

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    Maxine Brady

    October 26, 2015

    OMG! This is me through and through – if I didn’t have pets. And lived in a huge loft apartment. Ditto about the windows – they are amazing. And the Moroccan rugs and the ceramics (feel so inspired to go shopping)

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      deardesigner

      October 27, 2015

      Have you been to Morocco Maxine? You would be in heaven. x

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    Will @ Bright.Bazaar

    October 26, 2015

    OMG, Carole, those windows! I am in love! 🙂 x

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      deardesigner

      October 26, 2015

      Don’t worry Will. I’m sure your new NY apartment will have windows like this. If not, don’t rent it. xx

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