There is no shortage of love for minimalist Scandinavian design. With its matte black surfaces and effortless simplicity, it's no wonder the decorating style is perpetually flooding Pinterest and design blogs.
But think about it: How often do you see a truly traditional Scandinavian-styled home in real life?
"A lot of people love the idea of really simple, modern living — it's appealing, it's nice and it seems serene," says Erika Yeaman, a Homepolish designer and owner of YES Associates. "But the reality of maintaining that is a little tricker. Mixing Scandinavian design with bohemian style warms it up and makes it feel more homey and attainable."
This unexpected style blend came about when Yeaman — a mother of two young children, ages 5 and 6 — renovated her family's home in Dallas. The house was a midcentury gem designed by architect Arch Swank in 1950, and the redesign involved adding 1,500 square feet to the property while honoring its architectural integrity.
"The shell of the home falls into the aspect of Scandinavian design, and we love its lines," says Yeaman. "When we added on to the house and updated it, we tried to keep it really soft modern and not too contemporary."
To further reflect traditional Scandinavian style, Yeaman opted for warm, natural materials, as seen in the light wood floors throughout the house. In the kitchen, the cabinets are walnut brown and the island is white oak stained ebony.
In a kid's room, Yeaman painted furniture she owned as a child a classic Scandinavian hue — matte black — and situated it around a minimalist striped rug. But to make the room warmer and more playful, she added woven materials, furry lamb wool pillows and custom-made tie-dye pillows.
"We wanted it to feel light-hearted and like the kids are a part of the whole design process, so it's a true reflection of the life we live, versus some perfectly articulated space," she says.
"Original art and a mix of light fixtures is part of what gives the home its eclectic vibe," says Yeaman.
If you're looking to mix the two styles in your own space, Yeaman has one simple (yet admittedly excruciatingly difficult) tip: Don't overthink it.
"Go with your gut rather than thinking about how you're going to design into two categories of styles," she says. "Choose things that resonate with who you are and the life that you lead. At the end of the day, if the home reflects who you are, people are going to feel comfortable in it because it feels like a natural extension of who you are."