Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian Design.

The technical definition from wikipedia is: “Scandinavian design is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality that emerged in the 1950s in the five Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark.”


Scandinavian Design is more about a functional and minimalistic space.  It also provides a level of coziness that transcends a tactile experience into an attitude or mindset.  Most notably it invokes a calm and serene space full of joy and happiness.  The Danish call this Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah).

There have been many articles about this ultra-cozy vibe, such as:

New York Times:  “Hygge is Where the Heart Is

The New Yorker:  “The Year of the Hygge

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“How can you incorporate Scandinavian Design into your home?”

There are a few basic elements that create a Scandinavian Design.  Especially relevant ones to tackle are: Color, Function, & Furniture.  These will create the base and allow for continued personalization by displaying items you love.



The base of this style is a neutral soft palette to reflect as much light as possible.  Mixes of whites and creams with every shade of gray and pastels such as pale blue or blush.   White walls and light color flooring are common in Sweden and in true Scandinavian interiors.  Pops of color throughout the space add extra cheer.



A livable space that is not full of clutter and very practical yet filled with natural materials.  Styling elements made with wood or clay are found thoughtfully placed throughout. Also, storage baskets made with wheat or felt are a great addition to hide overflow.  Finally, linen, wool, and cotton are commonly used for their coziness and sustainability.  Finally, a sofa full of dense plush throw pillows and a blanket help create an environment worthy of hygge.  Just add a great candle and your favorite wine.

In addition, think of adding those plush cozy textures to your bedroom!



The furniture assortment for this genre is a blend of white and wood pieces with clean friendly lines. Because mid-century style was sweeping the design world the past few years.  As a result, you will often see a combination of it and Scandinavian style.   Which is ok.  Mid-Century and Scandinavian genres blend well together.  Therefore, don’t be afraid to splurge on a vintage Mid-Century piece.  You will enjoy a great quality made item and know you’re supporting sustainability (reuse or upcycle vs new item).


Furthermore, due to the minimalistic and timeless Scandinavian Design look, it translates well into Kitchens and Bathrooms.


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Now go.  Get hygge with it. (yeah, I did that.)

Rami Malek

Copy the Character.

“Copy the Character” is a new monthly feature for this blog. Each of these posts will highlight a decor or fashion icon and recreate the look for less.  Today we’re going to feature an up and coming fashion icon:

Rami Malek.

Rami Malek is the leading male actor in the award-winning show: Mr. Robot. He quickly became a recognizable actor upon receiving a Critic’s Choice Award and an Emmy for his performance.  Most recently, he was nominated for the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (however, the award went to John Lithgow for The Crown).  Did you catch his 2017 Sag awards outfit? LOVE!

His look is a mix of Street vs Office; polished yet rebellious. He obtained his first fashion campaign with Dior Homme for their Spring 2017 line.  I believe this helped flourish his fashion awareness and style icon status.


Rami Malek | Copy the Character found on
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What I love about our inspirational look for this Copy the Character feature is how versatile the outfit is.  By introducing a few key staples into your wardrobe you can mix and match to create a killer look!  You can swap the Peacoat/Dress Pants for a Bomber/Boots.  Or do a combo of both for a rebellious look.  Rami Maleks’ outfit probably consists with mostly Dior articles, but we can recreate this look with some more affordable options!

What do you think of Rami Maleks’ style?

About Path of Character

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About Path of Character.

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// About Path of Character

Path of Character is a lifestyle blog that celebrates the little things to enhance life. Started in 2017, Path of Character has become an outlet to share my favorites in interior design, fashion, and travel.

// Meet Jeromy

Hello, I’m Jeromy. I’m a recent transplant from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky living with my partner and two adorable dogs, Eva & Parker. I don’t travel as much as I want to and my “places to visit” list is getting longer. I start my day with a great cup of coffee and end each day getting lost in Pinterest. My home is in a constant state of evolution. I enjoy mid-century modern design and have an unusual addiction for vintage seating.

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