A Real (Gorgeous) Norwegian Home

March 15, 2011

I just about lost my composure when I found this home owned by Norwegian architect and designer Jeanette Lunde. Totally swooning over its bright and fresh look with the perfect amounts of color.

Images via Houzz. For Jeanette’s blog click here.

Exteriors don’t have to be grandiose to be beautiful. This home is already charming and we’re only just at the front door.

Okay, I know what some of you are thinking. All that white! I know it’s a bit much for some people (especially anyone that doesn’t live in Scandinavia, haha) but time and time again I am drawn to this look. There is something so invigorating about it, as long as it is paired with appropriate furniture and decor to keep it from being too stark. That being said, I would like these rooms equally even if the white-washing was toned down a bit, with for example unpainted hardwood floors.

An extra dash of color for a child’s room. And I love the Uglydoll! I totally have him in green.

So what’s the verdict? How do you feel about interiors with so much white? Maybe it’s not your cup of tea but are there other elements of this style that you like? There’s got to be someone out there that loves this as much as I do. Lots more pictures here.

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  • Reply Stephanie March 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I love this house!! I love the white, honestly i wish when i got a house that I would be able to do that. But I have a feeling it would not stay white very easily….
    Also, I really liked the light fixture above the kitchen table.
    Another thing is the plant in the round glass vase. so simple and so beautiful.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers March 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Steph, I’m glad you like it! I totally know what you mean about the white not staying that way, though. It certainly seems like it would be difficult to keep clean.

      I completely agree about both the light fixture and the vase. The vase is actually a particular kind of vintage glass bottle called a demijohn that was originally used to transport liquids. If I ever see one at an antiques store I am snatching that baby up so fast.

  • Reply Liz March 16, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Why would you ever paint over hardwood floors?!?! Of all the things that I for sure want in my home someday, it’s nice, warm-toned hardwood floors. They are not meant to be painted! I think that (like you said) if they had left them unpainted I’d like it a lot better because not only would it reduce the overwhelming whitewashed feel, but it you would also get some warmth from the wood tones.

    I like some elements of this house, but overall it feels kind of sterile and cold to me. And I’d be afraid to live in it because, as mentioned above, it would be very hard to keep it looking clean. It honestly kind of has the feel of a mental hospital to me.

    Sorry to rag on it, I know Scandinavian is totally your style, and that’s great, but I feel like if you take it too far it looses it’s feeling of being a home.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers March 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

      I definitely understand where you’re coming from with the aversion to painting hardwood white. I also love love love natural hardwood floors and unless something changes my mind drastically I seriously doubt I would ever opt to paint wood floors white. However, I understand why some people do. I honestly think it looks lovely. It creates a cohesive background from which the other elements of the room can really pop. But yes, almost the same effect can be accomplished with white walls only.

      There is a danger of coming off as “sterile and cold” in Scandinavian design. I actually recently had a conversation with another blogger about a Scandinavian kitchen that we both thought looked VERY much like a hospital room. If you think this home is sterile you would be shocked to see how far some people take it. You can check out the hospital room kitchen here: http://www.trendey.com/like-an-emergengy-room-with-a-kitchen

      For me it’s all about the details in homes like these. Starting with the white-washed base makes it absolutely imperative that you inject as much life and personality as possible into the rooms with furniture and decor. The above home walks a fine line but is ultimately a success in my eyes.

      When it’s all said and done, I really don’t foresee myself ever having such a white-washed home. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like looking at them! 🙂

  • Reply Elle {SWITCHEROOm} March 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I actually do love the look of white floors, but I can’t imagine living with one. I won’t know how to deal with cleaning it. Haha.. Hmmm good idea for a “Love it or Hate it” post. 🙂

    But I do love this house! It looks so fresh and fun.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers March 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Elle – Yeah I’d be curious to speak to some homeowners who have white floors and see how much work it is. I hate being able to see debris on the floor so it’d probably drive me nuts. Haha. It does definitely seem to be a love it or hate it topic. I’m glad you like the house!

  • Reply kate March 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    agree! love all the white with bold pops of color. great to find your blog through desire to inspire where we were both featured this week!!!!

    • Reply Christina Ebbers March 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Glad to see you here Kate! I know, I was super geeked to be featured on desire to inspire. ^.^

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