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Home Design Q&A: Scandinavian, Modern+Antique, & Bohemian Studio #ASKMARY

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1. What is Scandinavian Design?
2. White sofa with sheepskin – http://www.tvoydesigner.ru/index.php/skandinavskiy-interer/
3. Grey Sofa with 2 Task style floor lamps – http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisoncaporimo/chic-scandi-style?crlt.pid=camp.4dydWocxHhbW#.nuLG0DG7J
4. Grey sectional with 2 shelves behind – http://www.flairathome.nl/fijn-wonen/binnenkijken/happy-scandinavian-in-friesland/
5. White Sofa & Two Black Sheepskin Covered Chairs – https://www.amara.com/luxpad/arianna-trapani-interview/
6. White sofa in aerial type shot – http://www.nohomewithoutyou.com/2015/04/there-is-always-room-for-a-few-more-pillows/
7. Grey Sofa with open beam construction – http://www.vtwonen.nl/tv/weer-verliefd-op-je-huis/aflevering-5-kijken-en-shoppen-seizoen-2/
8. Black & White Gallery Wall – http://www.urbancouture.com.au/news/post/design-tips-on-how-to-achieve-the-scandinavian-interior-style/
9. Antlers above fireplace – https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/my-scandinavian-home-3174055/a-serene-dutch-home-in-whites-browns-3735178097/
10. White Brick Fireplace & Leather Chair – http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/my-scandinavian-home-3174055?post=4403192642&group=0&frame_type=a&context=blog_profile&context_ids=&blog=3174055&frame=1&click=0&user=0&viewer=true
11. Ikea Sofas – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/living_room/sofas_armchairs/
12. CB2 Sofas – http://www.cb2.com/sofas/furniture/1

1. Hallway with chair – http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/inexpensive-pieces-in-high-end-interiors-217628?crlt.pid=camp.WM3ENvZgxGoY
2. Ghost Chair & Stool – http://www.babble.com/crafts-activities/49-lovely-rooms-with-wood-paneling/
3. Ghost Chairs Dining – http://www.designsponge.com/2015/07/a-western-addition-traditional-with-a-twist.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+designsponge/njjl+%28Design*Sponge%29
4. Ghost Chairs with Trunk – http://erineverafter.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-08-11T05:14:00-07:00&max-results=3
5. Bathroom – http://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=94025
6. Wallpaper – http://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=93291&currentPage=0&index=10&relatedPhotoId=37819
7. Basket – http://www.mydomaine.com/owens-and-davis-menlo-park/slide3
8. Dark Blue Canvas – http://www.robertomigotto.com.br/projetos/interiores/24
9. Abstract Art – http://interiorsbystudiom.com/sideboard-cabinet-mid-century-modern-retro-furniture-interior-design/
10. Gallery Wall & Pink Chair – http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/why-they-work-11-truly-great-artwork-arrangements-217330?crlt.pid=camp.om2pwKkxi5Sw

1. Bed with black wall – http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2015/02/09/21-of-the-prettiest-bedrooms-in-the-world/
2. Bed with Side Dresser – http://www.LIVELOVEDIY.com
3. Desk as Bedside Table – http://www.buzzfeed.com/twopoodles/23-hacks-for-your-tiny-bedroom-9g24?sub=2585244_1599183#.nv8kmXk94
4. Light Grey Sectional – https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/homesick-12653521/get-look-20-3959319043/
5. Grey Sofa with White Blanket – https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/homesick-12653521/get-look-20-3959319043/
6. Dark Grey Sectional – http://www.styleroom.se/album/50363
7. Grey Sofa with Gallery Wall – http://www.popsugar.com/home/photo-gallery/36110966/image/36110971/Mismatching
8. Oversize art on ledge – http://www.minted.com/art?art_size_range=30x40_or_30x30&art_size_range=40×54&art_size_range=44x60_or_44x44&editors_choice=minted_limited_edition&sort=popular_asc&utm_medium=onlineadv&utm_source=promotedpins&of=no&limit=60&pp=0
9. Bohemian Pillow Space – http://blog.westelm.com/2015/01/06/small-studio-decor/
10. Inspiration Wall & Dress Form – http://cherpeace.tumblr.com/post/41051542247/httpwhrtitv6ykcj
11. Bohemian Studio in Madrid – http://www.mydomaine.com/bohemian-studio-apartment/

Dress – Forever21
Letter M – From an old Methodist Church
Beach Photo – Thrifted
Candle – Champagne by Jonathan Adler (smells like heavenly grapefruity & is rose gold!!!)
Greenery from my yard in an old Strauss glass milk container

Thank you guys so much for watching. I love you guys so much!! And I’m so grateful for each and every one of you!!!


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  1. When one lives as far north as the Scandinavians do, it's ALL about capturing LIGHT–hence, white walls, furniture. etc. Pretty look, but I wonder how practical.

  2. i can`t find the "fig" plant…wah

  3. Nordic

  4. but Finland is Nordic, not Scandi 🙁

  5. More of these!n

  6. u talk…2much🤔

  7. Another note about bohemian, I absolutely love when people incorporate lots of plants. Hanging plants, potted plants, whichever you prefer as long as you use a wicker baskets or knotted fabrics in the hanging plants with loose scruffed ties hanging below.

  8. Are you married??

  9. I have the same problem lots if antiques. I just added modern colors

  10. Mary, you are so welcoming! I am lucky to be building a house from scratch and I am overwhelmed with choice. We have an open concept long kitchen, dining living space and I would like a clean cottage chic feel. I love grey, I want to go with a light coloured wood floor but I am struggling with what tone of grey to use – I don't want it to look stark so I was considering a warm grey wall colour with white cabinets. Do you have any guidance for how to choose a wall colour that wont clash with a natural wood floor?

  11. Farrell, Stephanie


  12. Don't believe everything you read on Wikipedia. The Finns do not consider themselves Scandinavian. Their language is not Scandinavian and ethnically they are not Scandinavian either.

  13. suggestions on area rug in a carpeted room? im going for the "miminal" white bedroom look

  14. Thorlaug Borg Agustsdottir

    I'm really frustrated after watching your video. I've lived for a LONG time in Scandinavia and IKEA is NOT the pinnacle of Scandinavian design but designers like Arne Jacobsen and other mid-century designers. Please dig a little deeper so you don't give incorrect answers. To me as a Scandinavian this video did not provide good answers to the questions asked.

  15. For scandinavian design you don't have to use just white, black or grey. This may be the foundation of the room but bont be affraid to put in really brightly coloured textiles, red (like nose blood) and royal blue blankets are one example of how you can make the room less dull.

  16. Cough cough…Scandinavian design and IKEA in the same sentence? I dont think so.

  17. Lighting is very important in the Scandinavian design. Its really dark her most of the year.

  18. many thanks for sharing this amazing video

  19. Ikea is a horrible example og scandivanian design.


  21. I love you so much Mary! Please keep making videos! I feel like if we lived in the same city we could totally drink wine and go to thrift stores together (not at the same time of course). :D!

  22. Just came here and subscribed directly, you are fabulous girl!
    You have a gorgeous voice and great style tips, looking forward too following you for many years to come!

  23. Love your video

  24. I love your channel! You have a wonderful way about you and so much expertise and passion in what you do! I have the lucite console from CB2 and it is perfect! It gives you so many options as a desk, vanity, or entry table and it works with everything.

  25. Internet Names Don't Matter

    Please do another Q&A soon, I loved this segment!! xoxo

  26. I adore you! This is perfect. Your content is just fantastic and relatable, useful and professional. I am so impressed with how "you" this channel has become and how relatable and appealing your personality and aesthetics are.

  27. This was wonderful! I especially loved the feedback about antique + modern styling. I also have a shared space as for the last commenter and have now got some great ideas to try in my own living space. I can hardly wait to see more of these videos! And basically anything and everything from your channel, let's be real 😉

  28. Hey Mary! I have been watching your videos for 3 hours straight and I'm in LOVE! You are absolutely amazing and I love how thorough you are.

    I also have a question. My bedroom is currently being renovated meaning I get to start fresh! (Although I'm keeping most of the same furniture). My room is unique in the way that it is one of those "finished attics". This can be difficult because I have slanted ceilings that can really close up the room. Because the ceiling starts slanting at about 3 feet, I have no room for a headboard and it would look strange to paint the whole wall. So I was wondering if you had any tips to open up the room and also another way to draw attention behind my bed without painting the wall or using a headboard. Also any tips that will help with my slanted ceiling.

  29. hi mary we've just moved to a new house and now have a downstairs bathroom with only a toilet and a sink both on the side wall. The only problem is that there is a lot of negative space in the rest of the room the makes it feel empty and cold every time you go in. Any tips on what to do with the space, also color schemes that will be bright but make the room still feel warm? xxx

  30. New subscriber here! Really applaud u for being so patient and detailed in ur answers!!! Love ur style and decor ideas… More videos!!!

  31. Lovee the advices and tips! And love you mary!

  32. Can you tell me the name of the print on your mantle and where you got it? Maybe a link?

  33. You are so pretty!

  34. You answer each person's question so thoroughly! l love all of those visual aids/ pictures that you include. Awesome video, as usual. Can't get enough of your channel. 

  35. fantastic tips there, Marry. that last one relates to my current situation, so definitely going to use those tips. you are a FANTASTIC decor designer.

  36. What is your reccomendation for decorating a brown couch? I love the clean, simple and white look. But I have a brown couch and don't know what to do. #askmary

  37. Mary you're amazing!! I tend to get really discouraged when trying to design a room but you make everything so simple- thank you for inspiring me!

  38. Dear Mary,
    I've literally finished watching all of your videos and loving every bit of it. Problem is I need more of them! Ok ok.. enough for now..maybe. Can you suggest other videos/vloggers who has the same designing taste as you? Appreciate it. Muahs!

  39. My bedroom is everything wood, but I'm renting. What can I do so I don't feel like I'm not drowning in wood?

  40. Important question! How do I pick an accent wall for my bedroom if i have more than four walls and an alcove?!!!?!?? Help!

  41. Can we please get a home tour? And as always, amazing video! :-*

  42. Hey, I hope you see this comment, I'm Sacha who asked you the first question on twitter.

    Thank you soooo much for answering in such a thorough manner, I definately feel more certain about the couch style I'll be getting. I think I'll go grey as you said and add some cool pillows and a warm blanket !

    I'll also add the warm woods with a table I found at Ikea for 99€

    I'm really grateful you took the time to answer, you're the best !

  43. I'm a brand new subscriber and just wanted to say you are fantastical!! I'm having so much fun going through and catching up on all your old videos.

  44. I book marked like 50 videos to watch later while I was traveling last week and YOURS was the first one i returned to! xo

  45. Love this Q&A Mary, good work 😉 !

  46. Marie kudahl Hvolbæk

    Love your videos, your ideas and your quotes 🙂 you go girl!
    xo a danish minimalist with bohemian undertones.

  47. House tour?

  48. Love all ur ideass

  49. Watching your videos always gets me in such a mood to redecorate and start diy-ing. And i can't decide whether thats good or not because while decorating is so fun I dont have that many options in my dorm and also I should really study instead of thinking about how to better my room