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North: How to Live Scandinavian Hardcover – September 7, 2017
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How to make an apartment instantly ‘Copenhagen’
When you first go to Copenhagen and you visit someone’s apartment, you usually end up in awe . ‘Are they interior designers?’ you ask yourself. ‘What style!’ you exclaim, tearing up your insides as you try to forget about your own bedsit hovel with magnolia coloured walls. Then you visit someone else, and you think ‘Oh, this place looks quite like Søren and Sofie’s’. Third time around, you know: there is a ‘style’
Ten ways to make your apartment instantly ‘Copenhagen’
1. Rip up all carpets and sand your floors. Then paint them white.
2. Paint all your walls white. Yes, all of them, white. If there is a shade of white called ‘Scandinavian white’ or ‘Ringsted white’ or ‘Vesterbro white’, go for that.
3. Paint all your skirting boards and doors white.
4. Remove all curtains and traces of curtains, because you no longer need them. If you can’t live without window coverings, add some white, stylish blinds, but make sure that, when they are up, you can’t see them.
5. Get one colourful statement chair, ideally by a designer from Denmark. Anything with the word Jacobsen or Wegner is good. Buy a woolly sheepskin from a remote farm in Sweden and add this to said statement chair.
Ten ways to make your apartment instantly ‘Copenhagen’ (Continued)
6. Have one normal chair next to your sofa where you add a stack of books or magazines with pictures of bearded men. Leave them there.
7. Put just one green plant in the window.
8. Your sofa must be a tasteful colour or stick to black. It must also be simple – none of this ‘all the way to the floor’ business. Legs – and nothing underneath. Thou shalt not add too many cushions.
9. Add all or some of the following: one rug (can be colourful), one or two designer posters of designer things (drawings of chairs or statues). One standing lamp (tasteful, sleek). The coffee table must be in front of the sofa and it must have thin legs. Two candle holders (the metal kind, from Illums Bolighus). The bookshelf is allowed to be from IKEA, but must be ‘Is it really from IKEA or not?’
10. Hide your TV, or, don’t have one.
About the Author
BRONTË AURELL is a Danish entrepreneur, restaurateur and cook. Together with her Swedish husband Jonas, she runs the acclaimed ScandiKitchen café and shop in central London. A keen cook herself, Brontë has been published widely in magazines and newspapers, including UK national newspapers, the Guardian, The Times and the Sunday Express. Brontë and her food have also featured on TV. She lives in London with Jonas and their two young daughters.
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I was excited to read this book. I lived for a year in Denmark and the year impacted the way I live my life. I knew Denmark and Danes impacted my life greatly but this book helped me realized just how much.
I highly recommend this book to people who want to learn about Scandinavian culture, or are Scandinavian.
I received this book from NetGalley via Quarto Publishing Group - Aurum Press and Aurum Press Ltd in exchange for an honest review.
Every year the statistics have been compiled, the Scandinavian countries (or more generally speaking, northern Europe) have ranked highest.
This charming book by Brontë Aurell on Quarto Press' Aurum imprint
explores (in a very laid back and humorous and sweet manner), just why Scandinavians are so darned happy (but not smug).
The book is surprisingly comprehensive and does a fairly good job at pointing out some of the subtler differences between Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and other cultures. Obviously there are generalizations, no country is completely homogenized, there are regional differences, but it manages to cover the basics without being preachy, boring, or rude.
My personal journey is sort of a mirror image, I moved from the USA to Norway to study and work, and very many of the things she explains in the book, I wish I'd known when I moved here. I personally also found that sometimes the cultural differences (and there ARE some) are semi-hidden because nearly everyone in Scandinavia speaks English perfectly fluently, so when there are cultural misunderstandings, they can be difficult to pin down.
Anyhow, it's a fun book, a very relaxed and gently humorous book. The styles and crafts and food (MOST of the food), the breathtaking scenery and the wonderful friendly down-to-earth people are worth a visit (or a longer stay).
I know that I personally am so much happier living here and have never regretted it.
Stats: 224 pages, released 7th Sept 2017
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.