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How to blend cosy and classic: solutions from Scandinavia

Having an interior that’s ready for all seasons doesn’t need to be a struggle. Scandinavian design offers ways to style a home that you will love for years which can also adapt to colder seasons. If you’d like to find out how, read on for our interview with Marlene Zeiner Borthern, who shares carefully selected Scandinavian design inspiration with her followers, as she offers tips for a timeless, adaptable interior.

Any tips on how to cosy up the apartment for the upcoming winter?

Combine and mix different textiles such as wool, velvet and linen. Style with earthier, warmer tones such as red, burnt orange, Bordeaux, brown/beige as well as dark green and blue. Also, bring the nature inside – make a bouquet out of branches, twigs and leaves together with eucalyptus in a beautiful ceramic vase. If you really want to make it extra cosy, buy a carpet with long pile and of course – add candles and blankets!



What is your favourite thing about Scandinavian design?

Quality, craftsmanship and minimalism. Scandinavian design is known for its good quality and functional pieces that can last a lifetime. I also love the neutral colour palettes and natural materials such as unpainted wood, leather, metals and natural fibres.

Top 3 questions to ask yourself before buying a sofa?

A sofa can be a big investment for someone, and we must think more sustainably, so the first question would be will I still love it in 5-10 years? 20 even? And second, is it comfortable and does it fit my purpose? Then you can take your interior style into account and think about design, shape and textile. It all depends on how you see yourself and your personality.

What are the main principles of your home interior?

I like a lot of different interior styles, so at my place, it’s quite mixed. But I like good, functional pieces that are versatile and can be used in several rooms. For example, a nightstand that I can also use as a side table. I also love vintage, so if I buy something brand new it might be a pillow, a poster or some other small interior accessory.

I’m not a big fan of following trends, I feel people sometimes get caught up in trends too much that an interior loses its personality and purpose. For me, interior is supposed to be somewhat fun and about reflecting your personality and yourself. Have fun with it, but keep some things in common. I don’t like clutter so an aesthetically pleasing room for me would have neutral furniture with a cool painting or a wall piece mixed with materials such as marble, wood and velvet.

Top 3 items of your choice from skandium.com and why?

Vent Bench by Skagerak. This bench feels very versatile. I think this bench could fit in any type of interior. Wabi-sabi, French chic, or even at a cottage. I love the sculptural frame, and that it adds softness with the woven seat. Minimalist and very relevant.

Pacha Lounge Chair by Pierre Paulin. This chair is like a big hug. And everyone needs a good hug now and then, right? Soft, round and very inviting features. A real lounge chair that I would love to curl up into..

Arrangements 1S Pendant lamp. Designed by the brilliant Michael Anastassiades for Flos. A piece of art. I love the geometric form and that it’s very aesthetically fascinating. It’s on my wishlist!

If you’ve been inspired to create a timeless interior with cosy touches, find these items and more in the Skandium online shop – show us your autumnal details and classic pieces on Instagram!