Ever Dream of Chic Modern French & Swedish Inspired Interiors?

After that lovely French Nordic Christmas cottage tour, my mind turned to soulful Swedish and chic French inspired interiors. The serenely warm, spare, and sophisticated variety that evoke a meditative mood of etheriality. While Hello Lovely profiles rustic country looks and farmhouse design ideas more often than classic, today we’ll WANDER and DREAM. We’ll journey beyond the shabby and shiplap horizon. Not that shiplap is over. How can anything be over when you chuck the rulebook right out of the French steel casement, kittycats? Ever Dream of Chic Modern French & Swedish Inspired Interiors? Because I do.

Serene, organic, neutral minimal modern European interior with woven pendant and potted tree - @arbitare_studio.
@artbitare_studio – Chic Modern French & Swedish Interiors to Inspire

Ever Dream of Chic Modern French Swedish Inspired Interiors?

Let’s get inspired by classic architecture, quiet palettes, understated design elements, playful scale, breathing room, and atmosphere for miles.

Could your space use texture or character? Both certainly flow in harmony here:

Would you mind reporting to work if your meeting room resembled this (below)?

Rose Uniacke designed room in Jo Malone London headquarters with rustic wood floors and neutral classic palette.
A meeting room at the headquarters of @JoMaloneLondon with design by @roseuniacke.

Modern French & Modern Swedish Nooks & Neutrals

Why don’t we start giving smaller bedrooms the respect they deserve since they are ripe with cozy potential? In America, so often, we cannot get over wall to wall furniture. What a retreat when the eye can rest, and the architecture can soothe.

Beautiful serene bedroom with arched nook and creamy plaster - an airbnb in Biarritz - @oursroux.
In an airbnb in Biarritz @oursroux…hello lovely indeed.

Will white + black + natural tones ever feel outdated? So timeless!

Betsy Brown designed neutral minimal modern European influenced living room with linen sofa, large potted tree, and olive velvet cushion.
@betsybrowninc…in case you adore a green accent.

The combination works in any number of spaces:

Herringbone wood flooring in an elegant French home with classic architecture - photo by Benjamin Colombel.
Photo: @benjamincolombel…hello lovely herringbone, indeed.

and is awe-inspiring when reflected in a Stockholm winter cityscape (thank you, Mon of Splendid Avenue…I spotted this beauty on your feed).

Beautiful Stockholm cityscape in winter by @maloucentaur.
@maloucentaur…in case you love traveling by way of a lovely photograph.

Speaking of neutral palettes, I admire how designer Beth Webb mixes neutrals and texture:

Pretty Things With More Traditional Gustavian or French Nordic Style

There is something so soothing about chalky blue greys and pale tones.

Light grey kitchen in modern French Houston Home (1119 Berthea St.) - @greenwoodkingproperties. #modernfrench #interiordesign #greykitchens #frenchkitchen

This pretty Swedish blue caught my eye too. Wouldn’t it be precious in a laundry room or even a pantry?

Blomstermåla Leaf Trellis 33' L x 20.87" W Wallpaper Roll
Leaf Trellis Wallpaper, Galerie Wallcoverings
Blomstermåla Leaf Trellis wallpaper - Galerie Wallcoverings. #frenchnordic #wallpaper #trellis
Blomstermåla Leaf Trellis Wallpaper, Galerie Wallcoverings

Again, with the distressed blue paint on this cupboard that I can never ever get out of my consciousness after seeing it years ago in Milieu.

Modern French farmhouse living room by Eleanor Cummings with Swedish antiques and white painted beams - Milieu. #livingroom #modernfrench #frenchfarmhouse #europeancountry #texasfarmhouse
Modern farmhouse in Round Top by Kirby Mears and Eleanor Cummings.

Were you aware that checkered patterns and ginghams are having a moment that is stretching long?

Light and airy Swedish style home office. #homeoffice #interiordesign #swedishstyle #oldworldstyle #serenedecor
Photo: Luke Smith
Light blue Swedish check fabric (color is Skylight) from The House of Scalamandre. #swedishfabric #gingham #checkeredfabric
The House of Scalamandre

My mama has this fabric on her Swedish dining chairs, and it just never gets boring to us.

Light blue Swedish check fabric (color is Skylight) from The House of Scalamandre. #swedishfabric #gingham #checkeredfabric
Fabric: Swedish Linen Check Fabric, The House of Scalamandre

Swedish Accent Chest

It is difficult to not crush on scalloped cuties like this…and the hardware!

I showed you my pretty Amber Lewis x Loloi rug next to my bed for fall, and this herringbone pattern could be sweet in any number of spaces:

What sort of lamp gets your heart racing? Slightly fancy formal?

Or unfussy and sculptural?

For a Queen’s Boudoir!

My friend Coleen will create a future heirloom for you:

Paris Photo Pillow French Marriage Document Dated 1874 For Sale
Paris Photo Pillow, Swede Collection
2010s French Gray Secretary Desk For Sale - Image 5 of 5
French Gray Secretary Desk, Swede Collection

Gold With Pale French & Swedish Palettes

A design trend we’re seeing everywhere in kitchens is larger pendant lighting instead of lots of itty bitty shades hanging over monstrous islands.

I have always wanted one of these beauties:

Wouldn’t it be gorgeous over this?

Gustavian Drawer Double Dresser
Gustavian Drawer Double Dresser, Modern History Home

Elegant & Timeless Console Tables

Gustavian Console Table
Gustavian Console Table, Modern History Home

Where Modern French & Swedish Meet

Limestone flooring, antique wood doors, groin vault ceilings, plaster walls, Swedish antiques and French farmhouse allure in Brooke Giannetti's Patina Farm home - Velvet & Linen. #patinafarm #frenchfarmhouse #limestonefloors
Velvet and Linen/Giannetti Home
Swedish mora clock in romantic bedroom at Patina Farm (a European country farmhouse by Giannetti Home) with Old World style, sumptuous linens, a French stone fireplace, and rustic elegant charm. #moraclock #interiordesign #swedishantiques #europeancountry #frenchfarmhouse #patinafarm #brookegiannetti
Velvet and Linen

Need an idea for a modern fine art print to bring a little Stockholm chic to your space? Here’s one I own:

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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2 Comments

  1. October 15, 2021 / 6:45 am

    Good Friday morning Michelle, it is funny because I don’t live in a white/cream house but I love the look. My stylish is English country, paisleys, dark leather, etc. In fact the sitting room/former dining room is painted Indigo Batik. But I am drawn to these beautiful white spaces. This house is stunning, not sparse as one would image but comfy, cozy and a feast for the eyes. I love the kitchen island and have pinned it as inspiration for the kitchen we are designing. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

    • Michele
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      October 15, 2021 / 10:57 am

      That is why we’re kindred! I love so many different styles of timeless design – those soulful spaces that are layered with bits of the past but live in a modern way. I love modern rooms in their spare beauty and feel quite at home in a minimal room. An indigo dining room sounds gorgeous, and I’m ready for a tour if ever you’re game to share glimpses on Hello Lovely. 🙂 Thank you for your warmth, your friendship, your gracious hospitality and love. Give those pups a kiss from me. xox

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing