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The Scandinavian Style Breakfast Room

There was one photograph, similar to what I took below, that made me very quickly email the realtor back to say, "book it!" What is not shown so well is this structure of sorts that has a curved, stone, thick, back to it and the front is seating, like a curved sectional. It is situated in the perfect spot, and definitely a surprise in this room.

There is a variety of interesting elements in this room...the brick floors for one. These are real bricks, not veneer! I've never seen this used as flooring in a kitchen, a real kitchen. I'm a barefoot walker around the house, and it did not bother me to walk on this floor. Of course, the plants on the walls and ceiling are crazy!  It certainly was THE most interesting breakfast room I've ever had the pleasure to dine in.

And, always white, everywhere, as the perfect shade to complement these colors of nature, the brick and the green plants. Simple, not "decorated" per se, just sort of accumulated elements, creating a comfortable space.  

What makes a breakfast room/kitchen dining area great? I think one way (not the only way) as we see here, is to create the quality of the space feeling "real," not contrived, but to show an authenticity, with a goal to delight, and ignite, the senses. It's one particular look.


Did you say you wanted at least SOME accessories to integrate into this look?? Ok, come with me over to Desire To Inspire's second day of shopping the antique boutiques for some very wonderful furnishings and accessories to get this look! Thanks DTI! 

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Reader Comments (9)

Did you rent the apartment?? It's awesome.
I'm going to Denmark in February and i would like to rent it, could you pass me the information?

Thanks a lot from Spain.

September 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMacadi

Sure, here is the contact information: http://www.hay4you.dk/en/index.html

The location is great, just make sure it's a good location for you on the map, where you'd like to be situated. I really like this street map: http://www.hot-maps.de/europe/denmark/copenhagen/homeen.html

I should add that it is between the streets of Store Kongensgade and Bredgade on Esplanaden.

September 19, 2007 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Thanks for the information Susan!!!


September 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMacadi

I nearly forgot...ask to see the images from the rest of the apartment, you'll really flip! They're just gorgeous.

September 20, 2007 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Susan, this may sound repetitive, but I've just discovered your blog and I love it!

I'm not a decorator, I simply enjoy to have beautiful things around like so many other blog readers. I've come to the conclusion that the best asset a room can have is lots of natural lighting, and I'm always amazed on how scandinavian countries, which I guess have little of it during a significative part of the year, make the most of natural lighting in their rooms. I love the white they use... how do they manage to look clean and cozy, and not cold and aseptic?

About your comment on the real bricks used as flooring, I know about someone who used it extensively, Eladio Dieste. I couldn't find any pictures of his home online, but I think there are other buildings' (like churches and workshops). Though he was an engineer his work is appreciated mainly by architects, so you may read about him in architecture magazines and journal's rather than engineering.

Finally, I'd like to learn more about that green wall! How long did it take to grow? Which species is/are it? Any tips for DIY? I'd love so much to have one at home!

September 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Hi Julia, and thanks for writing!!

How do they look clean and cozy? With the very interesting use of texture, I think you will see a lot of that in Scandinavian kitchens. Here is the link to my Scandinavian categories: http://www.thekitchendesigner.org/display/ShowJournal?moduleId=1098829&categoryId=102118

Thank you for the information on Eladio Dieste! I appreciate it very much.

I don't know anything about the green wall, as I just rented the apartment for two weeks. But, as soon as I saw the images, I knew I had to stay there. I think I will write to the people who rented me the apartment and ask. Do you mean DIY for plants like that? Not me, unfortunately, I have a black thumb inside the house, although I do grow nearly 200 roses!

September 20, 2007 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Susan, thank you for this answer. Yeah, I meant to grow one of those in my home, someday.

If you wish to read an article about Eladio Dieste, I'm willing to email you one with a retrospective appreciation... is your email around?

September 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Sure, just click on my name, thank you for that.

September 20, 2007 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

I think I sent it, but I didn't see any "your email has been successfully sent" message. "Making brick soar" is the title.

September 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

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