How To Pull Off Scandinavian Design When You Also Love Bohemian Style

Homepolish designer Erika Yeaman builds her home with a blend of classic Scandinavian minimalism and family-friendly bohemia.

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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?

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"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 designer and owner of . "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. These hues set the foundation for hints of bohemia: textured barstools that are vintage Arthur Umanoff, a vase by and china by .

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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.

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"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.

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The same textured elements weave bohemianism throughout the home. In the living room, for instance, textured pillows, antique art and a colorful pouf are situated around warm wood, clean-lined furniture and a sculptural light from the . Yeaman's family inherited many heirlooms from her mother-in-law's antique shop, which meant eclecticism would be a necessity in the home.

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"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."

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