Guest Post: Swedish White Inspiration

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
When I was approached by Design Shuffle to feature a guest post on my blog, I couldn't say "no". They had me at white interior decor. Enjoy!

Hi there! I'm Joanna, a blogger for Design Shuffle, a popular online portal featuring the work of interior designers and plenty of inspiration for design enthusiasts looking for decorating ideas. I'm a total designaholic. I adore beautifully designed and decorated rooms and love sharing them on blogs such as this. I hope you enjoy my little collection of Swedish white rooms. Thank you Chantelle for letting me share this with your readers today! Below you'll find Swedish design spaces across many styles from country to modern and a little bit of everything in between. Common elements throughout all of the rooms are white walls, ceilings and at times, white or blond flooring. I know it's hard to pick just one, but which is your favorite Swedish style?
Swedish White
A Gustavian style space features ornate carved furnishings in a pure white setting. This is certainly a room with a more formal and decorative feel to it. It provides plenty of inspiration.
Swedish White
White furnishings and walls look crisp and fresh in this pretty studio. A china cabinet is used to store materials which keep the space from looking disheveled.
Swedish White
A modern example of Swedish white interior reflects a more utilitarian design approach with few accessories and less clutter. The industrial-like light fixture is an interesting element.
Swedish White
This minimalist bedroom design is anything but stark. The large windows provide plenty of natural light and the light fixture and stove provide a warm glow.
Swedish White
White in the kitchen doesn't have to be stark as this Swedish kitchen shows. Homey touches such as the open shelving, blackboard, and brass pendant go a long way.
Swedish White
A charming country style space features an open floor plan with the dining room/kitchen opening off the living area. The furnishings have a casual lived-in feel which is quite welcoming
Swedish White
Clean lines and an all white palette provide a restful place to gather at the end of a long day. The staircase design is very clever! I love the little curve to it.
Swedish White
A Swedish space boasts a modern style, yet it has some vintage features such as the decorative ceiling treatment and arched windows. The eclectic mix inspires many interior design ideas.
 Leave a comment with your favorite swedish design from above! Would love to hear your thoughts :) Also, feel free to come find more bedroom designs and hang out with us over at Design Shuffle.

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” - Paulo Coelho

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Gisele can do no wrong. Vogue Brazil - July 2012

Sharing the Happiness: Self-Love + Positivity

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
As you've all noticed before, I'm quite a fan of the self-love + positivity movement. Reading about it makes me feel great, and it gives me ideas on how to keep my optimism high and my feelings elated. Below are a few videos, links, and quotes that really connect with my petit soul.

Gala's Ted talk on Radical self-love

“There is nothing more destructive than saying ‘I’ll’ be happy when……..’ when you have more money, a new job, a new partner, a family, go on that trip, buy that pair of shoes, because you know what – you won’t. The ‘things’ that you think will make you happy will never make you happy until you can be happy with what you have now. You need to be able to look around you and appreciate what you have instead of looking at what that person over there has. It will only ever lead you to bitterness, jealousy and disappointment (and probably turn you into a troll).”
- Ranty Girl

The novel 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin.
Her accompanying blog & her tools to start your own project. She pointed out something very important that has stuck with me: you can't stick to resolutions unless you remind yourself of them everyday. I like how she utilized Benjamin Franklin's 13 virtues chart as a basis for her template. I believe having one of my own pasted into my agenda every month will keep me in line. 


Articles highlighting someone's solid work ethic: James Franco & Kobe Bryant.

Blog posts by The Minimalists & Zen Habits
Minimalism and its lifestyle helps me clear my mind and feel at peace. Both of these blogs/sites have wonderful posts with tips on how to make life more pleasant and stress-free. 

Jaqui's tumblr skinnyhealth - I found it last fall when I was looking up positive psychology. Jacqui is an eating disorder survivor who struggles every day with psychological repercussions of the disease (if anything can drive your self-esteem to the ground, it's succumbing to an ED), as well as multiple surgeries for her endometriosis. Her happiness and self-love are so wonderful to read, and it really makes me think "She is so happy and yet has gone through incredibly difficult experiences in life. I need to be more grateful, for I live a wonderful life & have been blessed with lovely people and circumstances." 
Check out Jacqui, her positive mindset is infectious. Here's her first post - work backwards. 

Hope you find at least one of these sources enlightening!

Wedding Fever!

Friday, July 13, 2012
There is excitement in the air everyone!!! My cousin is getting married tomorrow, and we have been anxiously awaiting this splendid day for 2 years. I'm one of the bridesmaids, so there will be an early wake-up at 6am- yikes!... But I doubt I'll get a wink of sleep with my bubbling nerves. Did I mention how excited and happy I am? Very. VERY.

Anywho, on the topic of weddings I decided to cull the internet for some gorgeous images since I've lacked inspiration to post on this petit blog. (Blogger's block?)

I hope you all have a marvellous weekend, and don't forget your sunblock. :)
British Vogue Konstantinos  
Look at that crown!  
Look, it's Rockstar Diaries baby sister. Adore this youngin's!

"Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Friday, July 06, 2012
Hey everyone,

I just spent the past hour trying to figure out some photoshop tricks, and thanks to Syd's little tutorial over at The Daybook, I was able to do so. Today I headed off to Turf Lounge for lunch with a close friend (I love Summerlicious), and we had some of the most divine food that has ever passed my lips. Incredible. Tonight I'm cooking then finishing up a few more chapters of The Happiness Project.

I hope you're all doing well, and that summer is providing some pleasant surprises! Cheers!


Should I make a sock-bun tutorial?

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle." - George William Curtis

Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Hey world,

I thought I would pull out my American Flag denim shorts to celebrate Independence Day (in Canada!). If anyone is looking for a pair like these, you can find them at TopShop. Hope your day is swell wherever you are. I just finished the Fifty Shades trilogy (good read if you're bored, but not worth it if you're interested in great literature or fantastic enlightenment. It still miffs the feminist in me.) However, I am FINALLY making progress on The Catcher in the Rye, which is on the Top 100 list of novels to read before you die. I've guffawed countless times already! What a riot. It kills me. Once that's finished, I'll be starting on "The Happiness Project".

Anywho, I'm off to watch The Lord of the Rings [Extended] on blu-ray with my dad. Seriously, once you go blu-ray you don't want to go back. It's just that phenomenal. Hellloooo high resolution.

“Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling.” ― K.D. Lang

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Hola ladies,

I've finally uploaded a couple photos from last week. If any of you have time to hit Zara, go pick up these crochet shorts. They're super comfy, and I can't stop wearing them, since they match with all my tops. It's like magic, really. I just got home from dinner at Sultan's Tent in Toronto, and let me tell you, I had a fantastic time. The belly dancing show was even better than I expected, because the dancer was so marvellous, and had great technical training. I highly recommend a visit if you have time. Also, I recommend ordering their signature champagne & pomegranate drink - it's delish!

“One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.” ― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

Sunday, July 01, 2012
I've gone goo-goo-ga-ga over Native Fox. Her taste in clothing is just in tune with my style. Absolutely adore it!

These are all from 3 pages into her blog. Eye-rainbows.